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Bill to reform public utilities advances in House committee

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Legislation that would bring new measures of accountability to Florida’s Public Service Commission passed a House Committee on Tuesday. Pinellas Republican Kathleen Peters’s bill (HB 7071) would create performance-based incentives for utilities by rating their reliability, customer service, power plant performance and costs. It also would bar lawmakers from serving on the commission within six years of leaving the Legislature. The five commissioners, who are appointed by the governor, would represent different regions of the state and be limited to two four-year…

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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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Rick Scott signs bill making modest reforms to Public Service Commission and public utilities

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday HB 7109, a bill that makes modest reforms at the state Public Service Commission. The law limits future Public Service Commission members to three consecutive four-year terms and require commissioners to undergo annual ethics training. The bill was weakened when the House refused to accept a Senate amendment that would require the PSC to hold customer service meetings every other year in the service area of the utilities they regulate. It also requires that specified commission…

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Dane Eagle praises work of Energy & Utility Subcommittee in 2015

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House Energy & Utility Subcommittee Chair Dane Eagle is thanking fellow committee members for their efforts during the 2015 Legislative Session. This week, the committee held its final meeting of the 60-day session. Among the issues addressed this session include House Bill 7109, the Public Service Commission reform bill designed and passed by Eagle’s committee. Another was House Joint Resolution 865, which proposes two amendments to the Florida Constitution. “I am so proud of the work product of this committee,”…

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FPL files to purchase Jax power plant, could save customers $70M

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Florida’s largest electric utility is asking the state for permission to buy a coal-fired power plant that it had been purchasing electricity from for 17 years. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) petitioned the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today for approval to acquire the power plant that since 1988 has contracted with to purchase power. Cedar Bay Generating Plant is a 250-megawatt coal-fired facility located in Jacksonville. If approved, FPL will end the contract, reducing the plant’s operations by 90…

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How novel! Another former journalist launches a political blog

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C’mon guys, leave the blogging to those of us working at home in our underwear.  Michael Bender notes that former Palm Beach Post political editor Brian E. Crowley has unveiled a new political blog in anticipation of Gov. Charlie Crist’s big announcement. The Crowley Political Report debuts with an original sketch of Crist pulling a dead rabbit from his hat and a quick analysis of the expected announcement today that he’ll abandon the Republican Party and run for U.S. Senate…

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Nancy Argenziano comes to Tiger Bay

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Not so long ago stock analysts praised the “reliable” regulatory climate for Florida’s big power companies – that is to say consistently pro-industry. There is a new sheriff in town, though. Chairman Nancy Argenziano took charge at the start of 2010 along with several like-minded commissioners appointed by Governor Charlie Crist. They just said no this January to the customary generous rate increase requests from Progress Energy and Florida Power and Light. The howls of protest from executives of the…

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