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A Democratic Florida attorney general candidate is speaking out against energy conservation program cuts. Power companies are asking regulators to allow the programs to be scaled back in favor of more cost-effective ventures.

Attorney general candidate George Sheldon is calling on the Public Service Commission to deny utility companies’ requests for lower energy-efficiency standards. The PSC regulates privately owned utilities. The commission is meeting this week with power companies, including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy to re-evaluate conservation goals.

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’s utility company regulating board, the Public Service Commission, Thursday approved a new settlement agreement that leaves Duke Energy customers paying for retired or scrapped nuclear power plants for years to come. As Jessica Palombo reports, Duke rate payers who testified against the agreement say they’ll continue their fight—potentially in court.

Energy forecasters predict more and more Floridians will start driving electric cars. The state Public Service Commission met with electric car makers, utility company executives and energy policy researchers on Thursday to discuss the benefits and challenges of having more alternative-fuel vehicles on the roads.

Florida energy regulators heard presentations from several companies, each with something to gain from the expansion of electric cars. One of the presenters, General Motors, has sold about 20,000 hybrid Chevrolet Volts in the U.S.

The Florida Public Service Commission is standing by its decision to deny part of a rate increase request for a panhandle power company. Gulf Power, based in Pensacola, appealed the commission’s earlier decision in February to reject the rate hikes saying Commissioners were confused about the request.