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A proposal allowing Florida Power and Light to charge customers for exploratory natural gas drilling has cleared a key senate hurdle, despite numerous consumer concerns. The company calls the move a hedge against future fuel increases.

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Some Florida environmental activists are hoping to channel public interest from one pipeline to another, by organizing a series of protests across the state. This year Native American leaders, activists and celebrities staged a months-long protest at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, spurring the Obama Administration to ultimately halt the project. Some Florida environmentalists are taking inspiration from the Dakota Access protests in their own fight against the Sabal Trail Pipeline

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Proposed notification guidelines for pollution are raising hackles among the state’s major industries.  The rule changes come after millions of gallons of contaminated water were spilled at a Mosaic phosphate plant.

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The Public Service Commission is considering more than a billion dollars in rate hikes for Florida Power and Light.  The Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers, wants to see rates decline.

New figures from the Public Service Commission suggest Florida’s “Sunshine State” image is intensifying. But not everyone agrees.

The Florida Public Service Commission is expected next week to discuss the controversial topic of nuclear cost recovery.

State Officials Prepare For Hurricane Season

Mar 31, 2016
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With hurricane season on the horizon, state officials say they’re ready to weather the storms.

Rep. Dwight Dudley (D-St. Petersburg)
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Rep. Dwight Dudley (D-St. Petersburg) is sounding off against a plan allowing utilities to charge Florida ratepayers hundreds of millions for out-of-state gas exploration ventures.  He’s filed a bill to block the program approved by state regulators late last year.

Young protestors dance on Florida Capitol outcroppings, in support of more incentives for solar energy.
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There was an uprising at the Florida Capitol Thursday. Not long after the sun rose over the building, those advocating more support for solar power followed suit. But it wasn’t long before the event turned political.

The Florida Public Service Commission has approved Florida Power and Light’s contracts with the companies that will build a new natural gas pipeline in the state.

The project is expected to cost more than $3.5 billion and the commission also  signed off on letting Florida Power and Light recoup the cost of transporting natural gas through the system by charging customers additional fees. Those fees would pay for a project that could carry $15 billion worth of natural gas over the next 25-to-40 years.

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Florida is one of the top states when it comes to natural gas consumption, but according to energy industry officials, much of the gas the state uses is stored elsewhere. To address that issue, Florida Power and Light is planning a 600-mile pipeline to bring more natural gas into the state.

The pipeline would run from Southwest Alabama, through Georgia and down to Central and South Florida. Florida Power and Light’s Micheal DeBock says its construction will help boost the state’s storage capacity.

Florida Power and Light officials say a new 1,277 megawatt power plant at Port Everglades in Broward County will save customers money and be better for the environment, but Regan McCarthy reports some argue the company is paying more attention to the needs of Wall Street than to rate payers.