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FPL Rate Hike Public Hearing Thurs. June 16

Written by  Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, news sources

Posted June 3, 2016 / Revised June 8, 2016 at 8:30pm
Energy, Clean 'Rnewable' Energy, Solar, Florida Power & Light + Florida Politics, cont'd.

Whilst big investor-owned electric utility companies including Florida Power & Light (FPL) and Duke Energy, work to undermine solar energy expansion in the Sunshine State, Florida Power and Light is seeking a huge rate increase. Is FPL serving, above all, the greater public interest? Or is FPL serving, most important, its financial investors, at the expense of the public interest? And, on whose side is the Florida Public Service Commission? As usual, something is not right in the corrupt state of Florida.
-- SCPA Editor

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RAISE YOUR VOICE

FPL RATE HIKE PUBLIC HEARING

Thursday June 16 at 9:30am
Brevard County Government Center
Commission Room, Building C, 1st Floor
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Melbourne FL 32940

No time limit on comments.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to have your voice heard!

DOWNLOAD PDF flyer at bottom of this article.

LAST YEAR, Florida Power & Light (FPL) made $1.65 billion from customers like YOU. Now they want to raise rates by 24%...

PUBLIC COMMENTS BY LETTER OR EMAIL

If you cannot attend the hearing or do not wish to speak, let your voice be heard via letter or email. 'Any person who wants to comment or provide information to the Commission regarding this matter may do so orally at the meeting or in writing.'* Written comments should be mailed to:

Florida Public Service Commission
Office of Commission Clerk
2540 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0850

The PSC will also accept emailed comments at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be sure to include the docket number, 160021-EI.
Subject: 160021-EI -- Petition for rate increase by Florida Power & Light Company

Customer comments are placed on the correspondence side of the docket file and are taken into consideration by the Commissioners in reaching their decision. In accordance with Florida Statutes, the PSC will also consider FPL’s quality of service and other matters. If you have questions, contact the PSC’s Office of Consumer Assistance & Outreach at 1-800-342-3552.

* Any email or other correspondence sent to a Florida Public Service Commissioner is considered a public record.

BACKGROUND

http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2016/06/01/fpl-rate-hearings-start-this-week-run-from-june-2-29/

Excerpts

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) – the agency charged with regulating the state’s biggest power companies, including Florida Power & Light (FPL) – will be in your community to get your take on whether FPL deserves to increase the base rate on your bills by 24%.

... FPL is a regulated utility whose business model is predicated on growth in sales. The more power you buy from FPL, the more it can justify building power plants and transmission lines.

... FPL has spent over $4.1 million of its profits bankrolling the Consumers for Smart Solar “sham solar” ballot initiative — intended to derail the citizen-led solar ballot initiative, Floridians for Solar Choice, which aims to provide more choice to customers for solar-generated electricity. ...

SOURCE
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
blog.cleanenergy.org

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LINKS

Case background in ponderous legal language:

http://www.floridapsc.com//Files/PDF/Agendas/archive/160523cc/16052301.html

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Utility regulators reject request from public's lawyers for more time in FPL rate case
Miami Herald, naked politics, May 23, 2016

The Florida Public Service Commission offered a glimpse into how bitter, and potentially personal, the high stakes debate over Florida Power & Light's request to raise its rates $1.3 billion may become later this summer.

On Monday, the PSC voted unanimously to reject a request from the Office of Public Counsel, the lawyers who represent the public before regulators, who want more time to prepare their case.

The OPC had asked the panel to reconsider a May 4 order by hearing officer and PSC Commissioner Lisa Edgar who ruled that the public counsel would have just over four weeks - until May 31 - to file its testimony in two parts of the rate case. She gave FPL just over five weeks - until July 5 -- to file its rebuttal. ...

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/public-service-commission/

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Ed. note: NextEra Energy, formerly known as FPL Energy, is the parent company of Florida Power & Light (FPL)

NextEra rejects call to report risk of sea level rise to its waterfront nuclear plants
Miami Herald, naked politics, May 19, 2016

In a swift 17-minute meeting held in a Oklahoma City hotel Thursday, NextEra Energy successfully won shareholder approval of a $31 million compensation package for its five top executives, and defeated two proposals aimed at increasing transparency over how the company is handling sea level rise and political contributions. ...

... did not make note of the troubles ahead, such as the federal and state orders for FPL to clean-up its leaking cooling canals in order to stop a plume of saltwater from migrating into South Florida’s drinking water supplies and leaking into Biscayne Bay ...

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/public-service-commission/

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As utilities embrace solar, critics accuse them of trying to monopolize the sun
Tampa Bay Times, by William R. Levesque, March 4, 2016

KENANSVILLE.

On 17 isolated acres in Osceola County near towering Duke Energy Florida transmission lines, workers are installing thousands of solar panels to capture the unending stream of power from the sun.

Once it is finished in the spring, Duke's solar array south of Orlando will produce 3.8 megawatts of electricity.

"We tend to be a quiet company," said Alex Glenn, president of Duke's Florida operations. "We really don't talk a lot. So not many people know, but Duke Energy is the seventh-largest renewable energy provider in the nation."

But even as Florida's investor-owned utilities increasingly embrace major solar projects like Duke's, critics continue to hammer the companies for what they see as antisolar policies meant to extend their monopoly of electricity generation. The latest battle in that war comes Monday at the Florida Supreme Court. ...

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/as-utilities-embrace-solar-critics-accuse-them-of-trying-to-monopolize-the/2268031

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SCPA Public Comment on Solar Energy
Letter to Florida Public Services Commission, June 23, 2015
http://scpaflorida.com/item/3046-scpa-public-comment-on-solar-energy

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Florida utilities say solar doesn't work in the Sunshine State, but it sure does in Georgia
Tampa Bay Times, by Ivan Penn, January 30, 2015

… While Florida energy policy impedes solar power development, Georgia promotes it: The Peach State, with a population half that of its neighbor to the south, expects to reach 900 megawatts of solar power generation by the end of 2016, almost twice Florida's projected total by that time.

"Georgia is going to wind up being a state that everyone looks toward," said Ken Johnson, a vice president and spokesman for the Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington, D.C. He said the reason why Georgia is emerging as a solar-power leader is that regulators and utilities have embraced solar as part of the solution for energy demand rather than rejecting it as not cost-effective.

"They see solar as a friend," Johnson said, "and not an enemy."

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Solar is the enemy to Florida's investor-owned utilities, a technology that threatens their bottom line.

Publicly, the state's utilities argue that solar is unsuitable for the Sunshine State's energy needs: Too costly. Too unreliable. Too inefficient to overcome Florida's cloud cover by day and lack of solar power generation at night. ...

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/florida-utilities-say-solar-doesnt-work-in-the-sunshine-state-but-it-sure/2215830

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Last modified on Friday, 17 June 2016 10:42

1 comment

  • Comment Link Philip Stasik Sunday, 17 July 2016 00:15 posted by Philip Stasik

    I enjoyed attending this meeting to speak against the FPL rate hike. I was sad to see the long line of local non profit organizations that have accepted money and support from FPL, who were asked to testify -- under oath -- that they support a rate increase. Isn't that fraud? If it isn't it should be a criminal act.

    I love the sacrifice and dedication of FPL's linemen and women, as well as all of the good folks who work hard to provide a reliable electric supply.

    I cannot forgive the management team that blows away all of that goodwill by paying-off local non-profits, and supports the bogus "Citizens for Smart Solar" lie. I said that outloud to the Public Service Commission.

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