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TECO deal includes rate freeze, solar expansion

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Tampa Electric Company has asked state regulators to approve a proposed agreement that would largely freeze base rates though 2021 and help lead to an expansion of solar energy.

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Duke Energy reaches settlement agreement with state

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Duke Energy announced Tuesday it had filed a settlement agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). The good news: Rates won’t be increasing as expected. “This settlement has broad support and was developed collaboratively with the Office of Public Counsel and other consumer advocates, including the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, White Springs Agricultural Chemicals, Inc., d/b/a PCS Phosphate, Florida Retail Federation and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy,” the company said in a press release. “If approved by the…

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Regulators to consider Duke request to make customers pay more

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State utility regulators refused Monday to let Duke Energy Florida add $4.70 to customers’ bills effective on July 1 to cover rising fuel costs. The Florida Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities, voted instead to make the utility wait until this fall to propose a fuel-cost adjustment. Any increase would begin to take effect July 1 next year. That could mean a steeper increase next July 1, when a separate $4.25 rate increase, tied to the coming online of a new natural…

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Duke Energy Florida modifying power transmission lines to protect birds

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Duke Energy Florida Inc. hopes to make its power lines friendlier to birds. The company is undertaking a pilot program featuring redesigned electric transmission lines deemed less likely to zap our fine feathered friends into oblivion. That will entail replacing horizontal lines with vertical or stacked models, and replacing some poles to achieve better spacing. “The redesigned elements will help prevent birds from getting in between lines and from perching and building nests on electrical lines and poles,” Duke said in…

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Duke Energy to begin multi-million dollar St. Pete power infrastructure upgrade

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Downtown St. Petersburg’s power infrastructure is getting a multi-million-dollar safety and reliability upgrade. Over the next two weeks, crews from Duke Energy will be adding advanced safety features to electrical manholes throughout downtown St. Pete. The project aims to improve the city’s infrastructure as part of a $140 million Duke Energy reliability program. Starting Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 28-30, weather permitting, Duke will be installing upgrades to manholes between 1st Avenue North and Central and 4th Street North and 5th Street North and…

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Personnel note: Harry Sideris is Duke Energy Florida’s next president

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Duke Energy Florida is getting a new president —Harry Sideris, whose promotion takes effect on Jan. 1. Sideris has served as senior vice president for environmental, health, and safety since 2014. He will work from the company’s Florida headquarters in St. Petersburg. He succeeds Alex Glenn, who will become senior vice president for state and federal regulatory legal support in corporate headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. “Harry’s decades of diverse industry experience have prepared him well for this important role,” said…

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UF votes to keep Duke Energy as campus electricity provider

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Duke Energy will continue to supply electricity for the University of Florida. The University of Florida board of trustees voted Thursday to keep Duke Energy as the provider of both electricity and steam to UF’s main campus in Gainesville. The new agreement should be ratified and signed by the end of the year. Since 1992, Duke has owned and operated a co-generation plant on the UF campus. When the most recent contract expired in December 2014, Gainesville Regional Utilities submitted…

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