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Duke, TECO Ask To Hike Rates After Irma

Dec 29, 2017

Pointing to Hurricane Irma and other recent storms, Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Company on Thursday filed proposals to collect millions from customers.

After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago.

Most Duke Customers To Have Power This Weekend

Sep 13, 2017

Duke Energy Florida expects to restore power to most of its coverage area by this weekend but did not project a date for electricity to come back on in Hardee and Highlands counties, which it described as “severely impacted” by Hurricane Irma.

Duke Plan Would End Nuclear Project, Boost Solar Energy

Aug 30, 2017

Duke Energy Florida on Tuesday began seeking approval of a wide-ranging settlement agreement that would eliminate the possibility of building nuclear reactors in Levy County, boost solar-energy projects and help set base electricity rates for the coming years.

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Electric bills for thousands of Floridians could go up.

Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Company filed to increase customers' monthly electric bills. If approved, Duke customers will pay 8.5 percent more in 2018, raising rates to $128.54 per 1,000 kilowatt hours, the average energy use per home each month.

Duke Customers Could See Bills Go Up In 2018

Aug 25, 2017
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Duke Energy Florida asked state regulators on Thursday to approve a rate increase of about 8.5 percent that would take effect in 2018, according to a release from the company.

Major Natural Gas Pipeline Starts Operating

Jul 6, 2017

A 515-mile pipeline that will help carry natural gas to Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida power plants has gone into commercial service, backers of the project said Wednesday.

State regulators are rejecting Duke Energy’s request for a mid-year rate hike to cover an unexpected rise in the cost of fuel.

Duke Energy Cleared Of Paying Big Tab In Nuclear Plant Dispute

Dec 24, 2016
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In a dispute involving an ill-fated plan to build nuclear reactors in Levy County, a federal judge last week said Duke Energy is not required to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to a company that designs and constructs nuclear plants.

6 Out Of 10 Duke Customers Are Unprepared For Hurricanes

May 19, 2016
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With Hurricane season looming, Duke Energy Florida is worried that residents will be caught unprepared.

“Last year we did a survey of our customers, an online survey, and we found that six out of 10 of them did not have a hurricane plan, and most of them did not know their evacuation route,” said Suzanne Grant, spokeswoman for the Florida energy company.

Duke Energy Plans Solar Facility In Perry

Oct 16, 2015

Duke Energy Florida plans to build a 5-megawatt solar facility on 20 acres in Taylor County, the company announced Thursday.

The facility, expected to use about 22,000 solar panels, is to be built adjacent to the Duke Energy Perry substation, which is across the street from Taylor County Elementary School.

The project, in Florida's Big Bend region, still needs state and local permitting and is expected to be operational by May, according to a release from Duke Energy.

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USF St. Petersburg and Duke Energy have "flipped the switch" on what they're calling one of the largest and most efficient solar arrays in the city.

The system sits on top of a seven-story campus parking garage on Fifth Avenue South. The 6,600-square foot, 100-kilowatt canopy is a "net zero" system, meaning the power it generates will be used to run the garage's lights and security cameras, as well as a pair of electric car charging stations.

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As Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, federal prosecutors recounted examples where time and again the nation's largest electricity company failed to prevent its illegal pollution.

Duke Seeks Early End to Nuke Plant Charge

Mar 3, 2015
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A monthly charge Duke Energy Florida customers pay for a nuclear-power plant that won't be built may be removed from their bills as early as this summer.

The utility filed a petition Monday with the Florida Public Service Commission that, if accepted, would disconnect nearly two years earlier than planned the monthly charge of $3.45 per 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Regulators and utilities commonly use 1,000 kilowatt hours as a benchmark for residential customers, though many homes consume larger amounts of electricity each month.

Florida Matters: Energy in Florida

Feb 17, 2015
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 This week on Florida Matters, we're continuing our preview of the upcoming Florida Legislative session. State lawmakers have filed a half-dozen bills dealing with how your power company operates in Florida.  What are the chances that changes are on the way?  Our panel includes Tampa Bay Times reporter Ivan Penn  and state Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey.

Pinellas Lawmakers Seek to Cut Ties Between Utilities, Regulators

Jan 8, 2015

A group of Pinellas County lawmakers Thursday backed a wide-ranging bill intended to end the appearance of cozy relationships between state utility regulators and power companies.

The bill (SB 288), filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, also takes aim at the amounts electric utilities can charge customers for deposits, seeks to limit rate increases imposed through extended billing cycles and would require members of the Public Service Commission to complete ethics training similar to the training lawmakers receive.

State Report Says Fraud Down In 'No Fault' Claims

Jan 5, 2015

A 2012 effort to reform the state's "no-fault" auto insurance system has halted the growth of fraud in the system, according to a new state report. But the numbers released Monday are still considered too preliminary to show the full impact of the law.

The report by the Office of Insurance Regulation found that since the law (HB 119) went into place on Jan. 1, 2013, there has been a drop in the number of personal-injury protection claims filed and dollars sought.

State Senator Seeks to Rein in Utility Bill Extensions

Sep 29, 2014
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State utility regulators would have to give formal approval before Duke Energy Florida or any other power company could again hike customer bills through a temporary billing-cycle extension, under a measure being worked on by Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness.

Dean's office announced Monday that the senator is planning a pair of utility-related proposals for the 2015 legislative session, including one that would require approval by the state Public Service Commission before the start of any billing-cycle extensions that are not emergency-related.

Duke Energy Called Before State Regulators to Explain Billing Change

Aug 25, 2014

Duke Energy Florida will have to explain to state regulators an ongoing change in its billing process that two lawmakers say is spiking costs.

Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Monday asked Duke Energy Florida President Alex Glenn to appear at a Sept. 4 meeting to address concerns raised by state Sens. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, about billing-cycle adjustments and related increased customer payments.

Glenn will be at the meeting, a company spokesman said.

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Aug 24, 2014

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has pledged to target candidates who he deems bad for the environment and as deniers of climate change.

And Florida Governor Rick Scott is one of the candidates in Steyer's sights.

Duke Energy Florida will host an open house on its proposed combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County Thursday.

It will be held between 3 and 7 p.m. in the Magnolia room at the Plantation on Crystal River, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

On May 13, Duke Energy Florida announced plans to construct a new combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County to supply 1,640 megawatts of generation to help serve Florida's approximately 1.7 million customers in 2018.

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North Carolina regulators have cited five more Duke Energy power plants for lacking required storm water permits after a massive spill at one of the company's coal ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced Monday that Charlotte-based Duke Energy, which has 1.7 million customers in Florida, had been issued formal notices of violation for not having the needed permits, which are required to legally discharge rainwater draining from its plants into public waterways.

Duke announced Aug. 1 it was canceling a proposed new nuclear plant in Levy County. In February, it announced it would close its Crystal River nuclear plant after botched repairs in 2009 led to its shutdown. The Office of Public Counsel says the settlement, revised with the cancelation of the Levy County plant, will provide $388 million in refunds to customers while reducing or denying more than $1 billion in returns on costs for Duke investors.

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Duke Energy will not be building a nuclear plant in Levy County after all.