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Rick Scott: ‘Fuel and power Florida’s top priorities’

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday night said he’s “made it clear” that getting gasoline to the pumps and turning the lights back on are tied for his No. 1 priority. Scott “will continue to aggressively work until every Floridian can return to work and their kids can go back to school,” his office said in a press release.

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Slightly more than half of Florida now has power

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For the first time since early Monday morning, power is on for just over half the state of Florida.

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Over 1 million now without power, governor’s office says

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Hurricane Matthew now has knocked more than 1 million electricity customers in Florida off the grid, according to the governor’s office. The latest numbers, as of 3 p.m.: Over 90,000 without power in Duval County, over 50,000 combined in St. Johns and St. Lucie, over 30,000 in Palm Beach. In Orange County, there were almost 70,000 without power. In Lake, 16,000 and in Osceola, just 1,500. But here are the whoppers: Over 197,000 without power in Brevard and over 250,000 with no juice in Volusia.…

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Florida still has more than 18,000 customers without power

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Florida still has more than 18,000 customers without electricity more than four days after Hurricane Hermine slammed into the state. State officials said Tuesday that more than 16,000 of those customers reside in Leon County, which is home to the state capital. The grinding pace of the recovery has caused a dustup between Gov. Rick Scott and Tallahassee officials. Scott has demanded that restoration efforts speed up, while Tallahassee officials have said Scott’s criticism is not helping state and local…

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Duke Energy Florida to cut electricity rates starting in April

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With falling natural gas prices, Duke Energy Florida announced it will cut monthly residential electricity rates $5.83 for a typical 1,000 kilowatt-hour customer beginning with its April billing cycle. The utility submitted its plan to the Florida Public Service Commission and is expected to be approved, reports LobbyTools. Duke uses natural gas to generate most of the electricity t sells to its Florida customers. With the reduction, an average customer will pay $108.32 a month for 1,000-kilowatt-hours of power. In a news…

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Jeff Lyash at Tiger Bay

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They say power corrupts. Yet as Florida continues to grow in the future, it will need even more….power. With Fossil fuels projected to be readily available to burn for electricity no more than 20 more years, the power industry must make long-term plans now for its future. In Florida, Jeff Lyash, President & CEO of Progress Energy, has his company betting on a new nuclear plant, as well as several smaller alternative energy projects such as a new solar energy…

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