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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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Contested FPL rate settlement would boost alternative energy sources

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There’s a hefty green energy element to Florida Power & Light Co.’s proposed $811 million electric rate increase, now before the Public Service Commission. The proposed settlement in the rate case would allow the power company to expand an experiment with battery technology, with the company absorbing $115 million in development costs. “We think it makes sense to get ahead of the curve and understand what value can accrue to the system by deploying batteries — whether it be to large…

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Jeff Greene calls on BP to invest $100 mil a year for 10 years for reparations for oil spill

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Jeff Greene, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, called on British Petroleum (BP) to invest $100 million dollars a year for 10 years in an escrow account that Florida can use for alternative energy, environmental cleanup, economic recovery, tourism promotion, and health-related issues as a result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has now reached the Florida coast. The full policy proposal is included at the end of this post. “This is the worst environmental disaster…

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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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