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Utilities, trial lawyers give big in recent reporting period

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Florida candidates and committees collected more than $10.5 million in contributions for the July 30 through Aug. 5 reporting period, though a lot of that money can be tagged to a handful of players. More than a quarter of that total came from utility companies pumping money into Consumers for Smart Solar, the committee backing the solar initiative on the November ballot. Duke Energy led the cadre of power companies with a $1.5 million check to Smart Solar, with FPL,…

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Florida Power & Light tops in customer satisfaction, J.D. Power rankings

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Florida Power & Light topped consumer satisfaction rankings, according to a customer survey conducted by market research company J.D. Power. “We’re honored to serve our customers so we’re humbled to know they value the work we do,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “We’re proud that our service is cleaner and more reliable than ever before while our typical customer bills are the lowest in Florida and among the lowest in the nation, and we want our customers…

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Court says no to FP&L charging for drilling plan

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The Florida Supreme Court says that the state’s largest utility can’t make customers pay for the costs associated with a natural gas drilling project in another state. The court ruled 6-1 on Thursday that state regulators were wrong to permit Florida Power & Light to charge customers for its investments in an Oklahoma natural gas drilling project that relies on fracking. FPL has said the investment would help it stabilize fuel prices and save its customers money in the long…

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FPL breaks ground on new solar power plants

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At the site of the future Manatee Solar Energy Center in Parrish, Florida Power & Light executives, environmentalists, state and local officials cheered as a groundbreaking ceremony significantly changed the dynamics of solar power in the Sunshine State. At 10:50 a.m. Thursday, FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam flipped the switches on dual Tuchi pile drivers to start the next phase of a 10-plus-year vision for innovation by the Sunshine State’s largest energy provider. The…

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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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Mitch Perry Report for 10.20.15 -Friction begins immediately between House and Senate in special session

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Last week in Tallahassee, we heard Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli say sort of a remarkable thing. Referring to the conflict between his House of Representatives and the Senate that has dominated Florida politics in 2015, he said it was a  “extraordinary” that anything gets passed between the two bodies. The latest fissure between the House and Senate began immediately after the gavel dropped for the beginning of Special Session C, the third special session of the year, and this was geared exclusively towards…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.28.15 – GOP convention memories

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While the nation’s media will focus quite correctly this weekend on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, anyone remember Hurricane Isaac? (Let’s not even talk about Erika). That was the storm that forced the cancellation of the first day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa three years ago, making today the third anniversary of the beginning of that political quadrennial event. Oh, the memories. The Tampa RNC (like the Democrats in Charlotte a week later) was only…

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