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Florida Power & Light building eight new solar plants

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Florida Power & Light announced Wednesday it would roll out eight new solar power plants across the state over the next year. “With the support of communities across the state, we are advancing smart, affordable clean energy infrastructure while keeping customer bills low,” said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. “On a per-megawatt basis, these eight new plants will be the lowest-cost solar ever built in Florida and some of the lowest-cost solar ever built in America. Our steadfast commitment…

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Environmental activists to protest construction of Sabal Trail pipeline

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While many eyes were turned to Standing Rock as Native Americans and others protested the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, others were fighting a pipeline closer to home. The Sabal Trail underground pipeline starts in Alabama, crosses Georgia and winds its way down Florida to its endpoint in central Florida. The 515-mile natural gas pipeline is a joint venture of Spectra Energy Corp., NextEra Energy and Duke Energy. The goal is to bring services for the power generation needs…

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all of Florida as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward Jamaica and Haiti. Heavy bands from the Category 4 storm have already flooded streets and sent many people to emergency shelters in the two countries. Two deaths have already been reported in Haiti, bringing the total for the storm to at least four. “If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade…

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Amendment 4 would make solar cheaper for property owners

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Voters in sun-soaked Florida will have a chance Tuesday to decide whether to approve an amendment to the state constitution that supporters say is aimed at encouraging the use of solar energy. A proposed Amendment 4 calls for tax breaks that could help both commercial and residential property owners install solar or renewable energy systems or devices more affordably. The proposal requires the consent of 60 percent of the voters casting ballots in the Aug. 30 primary. The measure was…

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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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Water managers divert billions of gallons from Lake O to Martin County FPL facility

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In response to the toxic algae blooms emergency on Florida’s coastline and waterways, billions of gallons of Lake Okeechobee water are now being diverted to the Florida Power and Light Clean Energy Center in Martin County. The plant serves hundreds of thousands of homes, using primarily natural gas and solar, reports LobbyTools. Located in Indiantown, the facility holds a 6800-acre reservoir as a cooling pond. “The water is used to help cool the plant, to allow us to generate power,”…

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Sierra Club of Florida applauds FPL plan to buy coal-fired plant

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It’s a little like dogs and cats living together – Florida’s largest electric utility and environmentalists on the same side of an issue. But here it is. Sierra Club of Florida is applauding a move by Florida Power and Light asking the state for permission to buy a Jacksonville coal-fired power plant with the intent of shutting it down. On Friday, FPL petitioned the Florida Public Service Commission for state approval to acquire the Cedar Bay Generating Plant, where utility…

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