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Joe Henderson: For solar energy supporters, Amendment 1 raises red flags

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In the Aug. 30 primary, Florida voters made it unmistakably clear how they feel about solar energy. Nearly 73 percent of them voted to approve an amendment providing a tax break for businesses that convert to solar power. That was just what backers of clean energy in Florida wanted, of course. Now they have a new request for voters: When Amendment 1, otherwise known as Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative, comes up in November, those same…

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Joe Henderson: Hurricane Hermine leaves Category 5 mess in unprepared Tallahassee

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While city officials play those favored political parlor games of finger-pointing and pass-the-blame, thousands of residents remain without power. That’s all we ought to care about now. There are reports of price gouging. Large trees are down all over the city. People are steaming as they wonder about the competence of the power they have elected to office. Yes, folks, that is life in Tallahassee as residents there try to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. This Category 1…

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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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St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman: “It’s been a tough couple of days”

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Downed power lines, fallen trees, flooding, intersections without working traffic signals are just a few of the problems St. Petersburg is facing from the passing of Hurricane Hermine, Mayor Rick Kriseman said. And even worse, the city’s sewer system was so overwhelmed by the rains that officials had to pour “millions” of gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay. “We know it’s been a tough couple of days,” Kriseman said. Kriseman was speaking at a press conference early Friday at the…

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Duke Energy prepares for Hermine, reminds customers to stay safe

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Duke Energy is getting ready for Hermine. As Florida’s Gulf Coast faces Tropical Storm Hermine – upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as of 3 p.m. Thursday – Duke meteorologists are carefully monitoring the storm’s path and say they ready to respond as necessary. Duke’s detailed storm response includes more than 1200 line technicians, tree resources, and service crews dispatched to areas expected to bear the brunt of Hermine, which is projected to make landfall early Friday. While monitoring the…

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Amendment 4 wins — measure would expand solar power in Florida

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A constitutional amendment intended to expand the use of solar power in Florida has passed. The measure is won statewide by a huge 73 percent to 27 percent margin. The measure needed 60 percent to win. Amendment 4 exempts solar devices and equipment from being subject to the personal tangible property tax. A business that currently has solar panels is now being taxed on the panels or devices in addition to their building. The new amendment will now exempt businesses with solar panels from paying…

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Solar amendment supporters shine, raise $2.8M in 2 days

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The committee backing the solar power amendment on the 2016 ballot raised nearly $2.8 million over two days to start the month after posting no contributions since June. Consumers for Smart Solar has raised more than $18.8 million since it began operations in July 2015, mainly through massive support from the utility industry. As of Aug. 5, the committee has about $3.1 million of that money on hand. Between July 30 and Aug. 5, Smart Solar took in eight contributions,…

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