Carl Hiaasen: Amendment 1 ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

“Let the scum shine. The solar-power amendment on Florida’s ballot is a slick, oily fraud. Promoted as a way to expand solar energy and protect residents who want it, Amendment 1 would do just the opposite. All you need to know is who’s bankrolling the massive advertising campaign: Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy … Click here to read more

FPL rate case: Customer service charge could increase 27 percent

From The Palm Beach Post: “Florida Power & Light Co.’s $1.33 billion rate increase will come totally from its customers, and the company is seeking to raise various fees as well as the amount it charges for electricity to accomplish that … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: FPL looking to purchase Indiantown coal-fired plant

“Florida Power & Light Co. wants to purchase a coal-fired power plant in Indiantown for $451 million and immediately reduce the plant’s operations with the intention of eventually shutting it down … Click here to read more

Massive nuclear plant plan near Everglades delayed by court

From FL Politics: “A massive nuclear plant expansion proposed by Florida Power & Light must be redone to meet environmental and other concerns near Everglades National Park, a state appeals court ruled. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami reversed a 2014 decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Flooding leads to increased oversight at FPL St. Lucie nuclear plant

“The incident is part of three violations of Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations the agency cited in its decision to ramp up the oversight and inspection of the Unit 1 reactor. Florida Power & Light Co.’s St. Lucie Unit 1 nuclear reactor is under increased federal oversight after the company’s failure to comply with stricter post-Fukushima regulations … Click here to read more

Contracts for natural gas pipeline through Florida get initial OK, connects into Martin County

“This is a monster of a pipeline … If this thing was to somehow rupture, leak, explode, you could possibly be putting the water source for this whole state in jeopardy.” … Click here to read more

New natural gas pipeline would extend through Martin County

Sabal Trail Transmission LLC submitted the project in response to a request for proposal (RFP) from Florida Power & Light Co., which wants to establish a natural gas pipeline that would run from Alabama to Martin County. The entire pipeline that FPL envisions would cover about 700 miles, according to The Gainesville Sun. … Click here to read more

Must-read: St. Lucie nuke plant is one of the worst in the country for unplanned shutdowns

In this must-read account, award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger Sally Swartz details the recent Stuart meeting citing real dangers at the St. Lucie Power Plant, and the potentially harmful buddy-buddy relationship between Florida Power & Light and The Nuclear Regulatory Commission. … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Customers should not pay costs of FPL’s nuclear plant expansion

In a Palm Beach Post commentary, Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, begins: “A misguided state law that allows large utilities to charge consumers for new nuclear reactors before delivering any power is making things more difficult for Floridians trying to recover from the worst recession in recent memory. The ‘early cost recovery’ law, passed in 2006, allows companies such as Florida Power & Light to bill customers for certain costs before new reactors are built, effectively shifting the financial risk of construction.” … Click here to read more

Nuclear Regulatory Commission watching St Lucie plant due to unplanned shutdowns

The Palm Beach Post reports that Florida Power & Light Co.’s Unit 1 nuclear reactor at its St. Lucie plant has been placed under increased oversight because of the number and type of unplanned reactor shutdowns at the plant, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday. … Click here to read more

Florida’s largest solar-energy plant (in Martin County) fails to meet potential, cites toxic accident

An Orlando Sentinel review of production data on file with state regulators reveals that, during its first year of operation, the Florida Power & Light (FP&L) Company solar plant in Martin County has not come close to producing enough electricity to meet the demand of 11,000 homes – the output that FPL continues to claim for its one-of-a-kind facility. The Sentinel also details a June accident that threatened Lake Okeechobee’s fish and aquatic organisms: crews worked around the clock through June and maintained extended shifts in July to remove 94,200 gallons of contaminated water and 27,253 tons of soil, asphalt, gravel and vegetation. … Click here to read more