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PSC approves Duke nuke fees

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In a pro forma move, the Public Service Commission Tuesday OK’d Duke Energy Florida‘s plan to charge customers for its nuclear energy costs. The commission unanimously approved the roughly $52 million in recovery in a five-minute hearing on the request for next year. The utility will use the money to defray costs from shutting down its Crystal River nuclear plant in Citrus County. The approval comes after last year’s request from Florida Power & Light to charge its customers $34 million in nuclear power plant…

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David Jolly: Iran’s threat to Israel is a threat to the U.S.

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Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly is reacting to news that, for a second day in a row, Iran has test-fired ballistic missiles capable of reaching the nation’s archenemy and the U.S.’s strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. The two missiles fired Wednesday are said to be capable of reaching 2,000 km — plenty of distance to reach Tel Aviv. Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency issued unsubstantiated claims that the missilies were inscribed with the words “Israel should be wiped from the pages…

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Adam Putnam announces 2015 Florida Energy Summit, will focus on sustainability

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to host a summit aimed at diversifying the state’s energy resources, promoting energy conservation and furthering economic growth. The 2015 Florida Energy Summit will be held in Jacksonville from October 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The event’s keynote speaker is Christopher Guith, senior vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. He will discuss…

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After reviewing details, Gus Bilirakis says he opposes Iran nuclear deal

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Just two days after President Barack Obama announced support for a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis from North Pinellas County is voicing his concerns against it. “After reading the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the agreement is not in the best interest of our country and is a gross reversal of a quarter century of nonproliferation policy regarding Iran,” Bilirakis wrote in a statement. “I will vote against the agreement, and I encourage my colleagues to do…

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‘Sunshine State’ or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

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17Residents of the Sunshine State are finding that harnessing Florida’s abundant solar power is no simple task. With its bounty of sunny days, Florida ranks third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated, according to industry estimates. The industry views Florida as a sleeping giant that could rival California in solar potential, but renewable energy experts say the state lags behind because old laws favor utilities over private enterprise. “The…

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‘Year of water’ failed along with environmental bills, but some did pass

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Another legislative session dubbed the “year of water” failed to deliver in 2015 as the House went home early over a healthcare spending dispute with the Senate. HB 7003, a water bill that was a legislative priority of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, passed the House by a 106-9 vote on the second day of session. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and industry groups supported the bill, which would have set milestones and timetables for cleaning up springs and other waterways. The Senate…

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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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