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Jeff Vinik, Will Weatherford, Pam Iorio named to TECO board of directors

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Tampa Electric Co. is adding five prominent Florida business and community leaders to its board of directors, including developer and Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik, former House Speaker Will Weatherford and former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. In an announcement Tuesday, TECO parent company Emera Inc., the Nova Scotia-based energy conglomerate, said the new members are as part of a commitment to keeping the company under Florida oversight. Emera acquired TECO in July 2016. “Emera believes local directors who are…

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Tampa Bay Times’ mind-boggling figures in ‘rooftop solar fight’ don’t add up

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Consider the eye-grabbing Tampa Bay Times’ front-page headline Wednesday: $43M spent to limit solar. Beyond the silliness of assuming that every dollar utilities donated this cycle is part of a plot to fight rooftop solar — as if there is nothing else they care about — the story is screwed up six ways to Sunday. If a politician were to use these numbers, PolitiFact would rate them somewhere in the range of Mostly False to Pants on Fire. Let’s start from the top: “Lost…

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PSC approves one-year halt to hedging of natural gas prices by utilities

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The Florida Public Service Commission signed off Wednesday on a moratorium on hedging of natural gas purchases by Florida’s major public electric utilities, pending negotiations over how the practice could stop costing ratepayers so much. The stipulated agreement calls for the commission to oversee one or more workshops beginning early next year in which the power companies, major customers, and the Office of Public Counsel will seek a more cost-effective way to insure against rising gas prices. “Hedging needs to…

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Legoland, Tampa Electric celebrate Earth Day with plans for $5M solar canopy

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Tampa Electric Co. and Legoland Florida marked Earth Day by announcing the utility company plans to build a $5 million solar canopy in the Lakeland theme park. The canopy will generate nearly 2 megawatts of power – enough to power more than 250 homes annually – for Tampa Electric’s 725,000 customers, including Legoland. The project will also double as a shade for more than 600 cars in the attraction’s parking lot. The solar array, which will be owned and maintained…

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State Supreme Court allows oral argument for Smart Solar amendment

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The Florida Supreme Court on Monday granted requests for oral argument on a hotly contested proposed constitutional amendment on solar power. The court scheduled argument at 9 a.m. May 5 for the amendment called “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice” and backed by Consumers For Smart Solar. Among other requirements, proposed amendments to the state constitution must be OK’d by the court to ensure they cover only one subject and that their ballot title and summary aren’t misleading. The proposed summary now reads: This…

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Justices hear arguments on proposed solar power amendment

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Florida Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard both sides of a proposed constitutional amendment on solar-generated electricity. Lawyers for its proponents and opponents presented their cases to the court as part of a required legal review. Proposed amendments can deal with only one subject and the summary that voters see on the ballot can’t be misleading. The amendment is aiming to get on the 2016 ballot. Bob Nabors, lawyer for amendment sponsor Floridians for Solar Choice, told the court the question isn’t about the…

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