News from Tallahassee for 8/23/14

Fla. Gov. and Cabinet asked to OK nuclear plant posted on 5/13/14

by AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the Cabinet are being asked to approve two nuclear reactors for South Florida.

Scott and the state's three other elected officials on Tuesday will decide whether Florida Power & Light should be allowed to add two nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power or enough for an estimated 750,000 homes.

The state's largest utility is also asking for approval of nearly 90 miles of new power lines to carry electricity from the plant.

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Group again knocks nuclear cost law as it seeks hearing on FPL's St. Lucie plant posted on 5/7/14

by Bruce Ritchie | Florida Current

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is continuing to criticize the state's nuclear cost recovery law as it requests a hearing on design changes at Florida Power & Light Co.'s St. Lucie 2 nuclear reactor steam generator.

The Nuclear Energy Institute and FPL are urging the NRC to reject the request. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy now says Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff secretly approved design changes that contributed to wear that could cost FPL customers hundreds of millions of dollars.

And the group continues to accuse the Public Service Commission of rubber-stamping cost recovery for nuclear projects under a 2006 law.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2012 challenged the law, saying it was too vague to enforce in violation of the state constitution. The Florida Supreme Court rejected the group's arguments and instead sided with the PSC.

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Florida Legislature 2014: What passed and what failed posted on 5/5/14


A list of some of the major and minor bills that passed and failed in the 2014 session. Bills must be approved by Gov. Rick Scott to become the law of the land.

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Fla. Lawmaker Wants Alternative Energy, Nuclear Fee Repeal On Ballot posted on 4/24/14


A state lawmaker whose energy policy proposals failed this year is hoping Floridians will get the chance to vote on them directly. Activists joined the representative Wednesday to push for constitutional amendments aimed at encouraging energy diversity and repealing a customer fee.

Florida for All, a progressive group partly funded by the Democratic Governors Association, held the press conference on the Historic Florida Capitol steps. At the event’s advertised time, three people had shown up: Rep. Dwight Dudley (D- St. Petersburg) and two sign-holding supporters.

One of them, Amy Datz, took the seconds just before the camera rolled to bend Dudley’s ear.

“I’m working on getting fracking moratorium for next session. You gonna help me out?” she said.

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FPL proposes voluntary solar pilot program; customers could choose to pay $9 a month posted on 4/4/14

by Susan Salisbury | Palm Beach Post

JUNO BEACH — Florida Power & Light Co. customers who want to support more solar power would have a chance to do so under a proposal the company filed Wednesday with the state regulators.

Customers would pay $9 a month for three years in a voluntary pilot program that requires Public Service Commission approval. It would place as many as 25 commercial-scale solar arrays throughout FPL’s territory — each roughly 10 to 15 times larger than a typical residential rooftop installation — for an estimated total of up to 2,400 kilowatts (2.4 megawatts) depending on customer participation.

“We know that some of our customers have an affinity for solar. We obviously love solar. We have built a lot of solar, not just in Florida, but across the country. We feel like there should be an opportunity for customers to participate,” FPL president Eric Silagy said.

The average cost for a homeowner to install a rooftop solar system is $30,000 to $40,000, which most people can’t afford.

Under the proposed program, single-family homeowners as well as people who live in apartments or condominiums would be able to advance solar energy in Florida, Silagy said. People who choose not to participate will not be charged.

All customers would benefit from the renewable energy generated. It would displace energy that would otherwise be produced from non-renewable fossil fuels.

As an additional incentive to encourage enrollment during the three-year pilot period, Juno Beach-based FPL’s parent company, NextEra Energy Inc., will contribute $200,000 a year to non-profit organizations such as the Everglades Foundation, Save the Manatee Club and the Florida chapters of the National Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. Customers will be able to select their preferred organization from a list.

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