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Public Service Commission nominees down to 3, Rick Scott to decide winner

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Three candidates won nominations Wednesday to sit on the Florida Public Service Commission. Their names go to Gov. Rick Scott, who will make the final selection. The top vote-getter during a meeting in Orlando of the PSC Nominating Council was Donald Polmann, with eight votes. The Dunedin resident is a registered professional engineer with three degrees, including a doctorate in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He wrote a chapter for a scholarly book on water use and supply.…

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First Amendment Foundation calls Mike Fasano’s conditions on public record access ‘highly inappropriate,’ illegal

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Mike Fasano took to social media last week to “shame” GOP political consulting firm Data Targeting for having the audacity to request public personnel records. In doing so, the Pasco County Tax Collector – recognized with the Friend of the First Amendment award only last year – disappointed a number of people, including several of his friends. But in the eyes of First Amendment Foundation president Barbara Petersen, Fasano is not only doing something “highly inappropriate” – he is also breaking the law.…

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Mike Fasano, it’s none of your business who requests public records

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What a difference four years can make. Especially in the world of politics. Elected officials change their positions. Sometimes it can happen when new facts emerge, or because of a desire to follow the will of the people who elected them to serve. And then there are the other scenarios. Take my friend Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano. In 2012, Florida’s First Amendment Foundation gave him the Friend of the First Amendment award in part for complaining that the Public Service Commission…

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Jeffrey Bragg, 7 others make cut for PSC opening

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A state panel on Thursday picked eight applicants—including unsuccessful Insurance Commissioner contender Jeffrey S. Bragg—to be interviewed for a seat on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). The Public Service Commission Nominating Council will hold interviews Aug. 17, with the goal of selecting three finalists for Gov. Rick Scott‘s consideration. One person tapped by the council is Scott’s deputy policy coordinator. The PSC regulates and sets rates for the state’s investor-owned utilities. Here are the eight to be interviewed, with background from their applications: John R. Coleman: The…

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Lisa Edgar will not seek 4th term on Public Service Commission

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Three terms is enough, Lisa Edgar said Tuesday. Edgar announced that she’s not seeking a fourth term on the Florida Public Service Commission, which regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities. She was paid $131,000 a year. The deadline to apply for her seat on the commission was 5 p.m. Tuesday. “For the past twelve years, I’ve been honored and humbled to work on complex regulatory issues, finding ways to accomplish what’s best for the public good,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to applying…

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Public Service Commission approves need for $1.3 billion FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy plant

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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is one step closer to the development of a $1.3 billion high-efficiency power plant in Okeechobee County, one of the most efficient and cleanest energy plants in the country. On Tuesday, the five-member Florida Public Service Commission approved a need for the proposed FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center, a 1,633-megawatt facility scheduled to begin generating clean energy by mid-2019. The plan will be powered by U.S.-produced natural gas. According to an FPL statement, there…

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Duke Energy applies for $1.3B in bonds to cut Crystal River costs

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Duke Energy is asking the Florida Public Service Commission for permission to issue $1.3 billion worth of a type of securitized bond, which will help reduce charges to consumers for shutting down the mothballed Crystal River nuclear plant. John Downey of the Charlotte Business Journal reports the request is for a new bond approved by state lawmakers in 2015 for reducing Crystal River costs. The move could save Duke’s Florida customers about $790 million over the next two decades. The…

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