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PSC approves FPL’s request to charge customers $34 million in nuclear costs next year

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The Florida Public Service Commission on Monday granted Florida Power & Light Co.’s request to charge its customer base $34.2 million in nuclear power plant projects for 2016. Public utilities can charge their customers in advance of building nuclear power plants thanks to a state law passed in 1996 — but nuclear cost recovery remains extremely controversial in Florida. “Despite overwhelming arguments to the contrary, the Commission again gave FPL what they want at the expense of Florida’s businesses and families for increasingly speculative nuclear reactors…

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Lauren Book posts blockbuster fundraising numbers in Senate race

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It’s been six weeks since Lauren Book announced she would run for termed-out state Sen. Eleanor Sobel’s Senate District 33 seat, and her first campaign finance report showed quite the haul. The author and advocate entered the race September 1 with more than $660,000 in committee money on-hand. September saw a $42,000 gain in committee money, with an astounding $354,974 in contributions to her campaign account, which can only accept contributions up to $1,000. Expenditures were minimal at $2,796. Cash…

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AT&T Florida latest major employer to join Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce

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AT&T Florida is the latest major employer to join the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce (FBCW) coalition, which seeks to end statewide LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Supported by more than 400 Florida businesses, the coalition is working to pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act during the 2016 Legislative Session. The Act would help protect all Floridians, and attract more entrepreneurs, companies, and a diverse workforce to the state. Recent polling found nearly 7 out of…

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Gloomy August fundraising for Florida’s Solar Choice amendment

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August fundraising numbers for the committee backing an amendment making it easier for consumers to buy and sell solar power looked gloomy while receipts for its industry-backed competitor show no sign of slowing down. Floridians for Solar Choice brought in just $591 for the month, with more than $135,000 heading out in expenditures. The contributions are a major drop-off from past months, which saw the committee routinely post five-digit hauls, mainly from major backer SACE-Action Fund. SACE did give $7,521…

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Top Senate Republicans bring in committee cash for August

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Political committees for top Senate Republicans have started to bring in cash again after the trio of sessions kept a lock on fundraising for most of the last five months. Clearwater state Sen. Jack Latvala’s political committee, Florida Leadership Committee, brought in the most money last month with a $251,000 performance, though there was still plenty of money to go around. Not including Latvala’s haul, Republican senators brought in about $500,000 through political committees in August. State Sen. Wilton Simpson…

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AARP Florida calls to overturn FPL approval for natural gas speculation in Oklahoma

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AARP is asking the state Supreme Court to stop Florida Power & Light Inc. from investing in speculative natural gas production in Oklahoma, and to direct the state Public Service Commission to reconsider its approval for the plan. “For the first time, Florida utility regulators have required our state’s consumers to pay millions, in advance, for an electric utility company to join in a natural-gas exploration project in Oklahoma that may never return the anticipated benefit to Florida utility ratepayers,” said Jeff…

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FPL chief Eric Silagy joins U.S. Chamber Board of Directors

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Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy was named Thursday to the Board of Directors of the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Silagy, a former chair of the Florida Chamber, is now one of a group of 100 prominent business leaders tapped to promote pro-business legislation and issues nationwide. The U.S. Chamber represents over 3 million businesses from across all industry sectors and regions of the country. Silagy will serve a two-year term. Juno Beach-based FPL is the nation’s third largest…

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