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Florida PSC approves rate freeze for Florida Power & Light

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve a settlement with Florida Power & Light Co. to resolve a controversial rate-hike request denied by the commission earlier this year. The PSC denial in January of a $1 billion rate hike request played a role in the Senate’s refusal in April to confirm […]

Florida Cabinet approves Gainesville biomass plant

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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A proposed wood-burning power plant in Gainesville that would be tied for being the largest of its kind in the nation was approved Tuesday by the governor and Cabinet. In their last meeting before leaving office, the four elected Cabinet members voted unanimously to approve a power plant construction and operating certificate as recommended by […]

Huge Florida biomass plant up for Cabinet vote

Monday, December 6, 2010

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Conceptual rendering of American Renewables proposed plant in Gainesville A proposed woody biomass electric plant that would be one of the largest of its kind in the nation could move a step closer to reality with a Cabinet vote on Tuesday. American Renewables and the city of Gainesville are proposing the 100-megawatt biomass plant on […]

Agency withdraws proposed growth rule changes after veto override

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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The Florida Department of Community Affairs has withdrawn two controversial proposed rule changes because of the Legislature’s override of the governor’s veto of HB 1565. HB 1565 requires legislative approval for proposed regulations that could cost more than $200,000 a year for all businesses across the state. Supporters said the bill would prevent agencies from […]

DEP says incineration, innovation can help reach 75-percent recycling goal

Monday, January 4, 2010

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Florida can increase its recycling rate to 75 percent within 10 years by requiring more recycling at construction-waste landfills, implementing innovative new programs to reduce waste disposal and by counting waste-burning as recycling, according to a state report issued today. The Legislature in 2008 established a statewide recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020. The […]

PSC picks chairman, adopts conservation goals

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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By The News Service of Floridaand FloridaEnvironments.com On a busy day at the Florida Public Service Commission, the panel selected its chair for 2010-2012 and set energy conservation plan and fuel recovery costs for the investor-owned utilities. In a widely expected move, the PSC chose Commissioner Nancy Argenziano to lead the panel when beleaguered current […]