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FPL to add another 1,500 megawatts of solar over the next seven years

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Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will build another 1,500 megawatts of solar power plants over the next 7 years. The new power plants are in addition to the eight new solar facilities expected to come online by early 2018 and FPL said the new plants could save customers more than $500 million. The roadmap for the new facilities was filed with the Public Service Commission Monday as part of the company’s 2017-2026 Ten Year Site Plan, which…

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Can Susan Glickman ever shoot straight?

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The House of Representatives’ new lobbying registration regime has ensnared Susan Glickman, Florida director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. House Speaker Richard Corcoran now requires lobbyists to disclose every bill, amendment, and individual appropriation they are trying to influence. Go to the House website, and you’ll see Glickman is registered for four House bills. But not for a fifth that she also testified on recently. That would be HB 1043, which would allow Florida Power & Light the ability to pass…

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FPL to build 8 new Florida solar energy plants, add 2.5M panels by 2018

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Florida Power & Light Co. is doubling down on solar power, announcing Monday a significant expansion of renewable energy production through next year. FPL, currently the largest generator of solar energy in Florida, will build eight new universal solar power plants by early 2018 – boosting its production with more than 2.5 million solar panels. “We have been working hard to drive down the costs of adding solar,” said FPL President/CEO Eric Silagy, “so we can deliver even more zero-emissions…

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Sierra Club challenges nearly $1 billion electric rate hike

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An environmental group is challenging a rate hike for Florida’s largest electric utility. The Sierra Club on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court to reject an $811 million hike that was approved last year for Florida Power & Light. FPL has about 4.8 million customers in the state. FPL initially wanted a $1.3 billion hike but scaled it back during settlement negotiations. The hike was approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, and part of it took effect this month.…

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Florida Power & Light brings 3 solar plants online, 4 more planned for 2017

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For 2017, Florida Power & Light became the largest generator of solar power in the Sunshine State by bringing online three new universal solar energy plants. FPL also announced plans to build four more solar plants this year, as well as install several innovative solar systems throughout local communities. The nation’s third-largest utility, a subsidiary of Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy, is now able to generate an unprecedented amount of clean energy for millions of FPL customers statewide. On Dec. 31,…

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Voters in Florida face crucial solar power decisions

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Voters in sun-bathed Florida will face a decision Tuesday that could weigh heavily on the use — and cost — of solar power in the state. The solar power industry is opposed to Amendment 1, a proposal to amend the state constitution that will appear on the ballot as “Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative.” Utilities — including Florida Power & Light Co. — have spent upward of $20 million trying to get the amendment on the…

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Agency urged to take more time with Rick Scott’s pollution spill rule

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Business interests and local governments urged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Monday to slow the rush toward an emergency pollution spill warning regulation being pushed by Gov. Rick Scott. Still, a department representative said during a hearing before an administrative officer that public comments would remain open only until 5 p.m. Wednesday, after which officials would begin preparing the final regulation. “We certainly will take the comments that were previously provided, as well as those today, and the department…

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