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No Coal Resurgence Here: FPL Seeks to Shut Down Dirty-Energy Plant in Jacksonville

| May 23, 2017

FPL says shutting down the coal-fired plant will save customers money and have environmental benefits, including a reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions.

County Explores Big-Idea Energy Savings, But Through Long-Term Wedding With Contractor

| April 4, 2016

Flagler County government is looking to go greener with its energy consumption, but some of those ideas may not be possible without wedding government to a single private contractor for a decade and a half or more.

Low Gas Prices Are Great For You and Me. For World Security? Not So Much.

| February 3, 2016

Banditry, corruption and tyranny from Saudi Arabia to Iraq to Russia depends on high oil prices. As prices fall, the bandits in charge will quarrel more among themselves – and with their neighbors.

Utilities Take Credit, But Lower Power Bills In 2016 Are Due to Cheaper Coal and Gas

| September 4, 2015

An FPL customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours a month currently pays $96.72. That number is projected to drop to $93.24 in January before going to $94.86 in June.

Why the Florida Solar Initiative Is Losing

| August 3, 2015

The problem isn’t with the popularity of solar power, but the poor choice of words written by the people who have the best-ever name for their group: Floridians for Solar Choice.

The Solar Price Revolution: Why Renewable Energy Is Becoming Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

| April 7, 2015

As some countries prepare to generate solar-powered electricity at half the cost of its production in the U.S., assumptions that generating electricity with natural gas or coal is less expensive or more efficient than solar power are rapidly becoming untenable.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday: A Brief History of a Long Annoyance

| March 7, 2015

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is controversial, annoying and mostly pointless, according to the evidence, neither saving energy nor reducing crime, as its supporters claim, but helping retailers sell more.

Nuclear Power’s Last Tango: Industry’s Promise Fails to Outrun Crippling Costs

| February 1, 2015

If you like the U.S. nuclear power industry, it’s a Michael Jordan-type gallant return. If you don’t like nukes, it’s more of a Gloria Swanson gruesome comeback in Sunset Boulevard.

In a Blow to Utilities, Alternative-Energy Coalition Proposes Solar Power Amendment For 2016 Ballot

| January 14, 2015

Backers of the initiative said during a news conference in Tallahassee that they are using the constitutional amendment route because well-funded utilities have repeatedly lobbied the Legislature and the Florida Public Service Commission against expanding solar and other alternative-energy choices.

Lower Fuel Costs Will Bring FPL Power Bills Down $2 a Month Starting in 2015

| December 31, 2014

Like all utility companies, Florida Power & Light Company, which services almost all of Flagler County, is required by law to pass on fuel savings to customers.

Bowing to Utilities, Florida Regulators Cut Energy-Efficiency Goals and Sunset Solar Incentives

| November 28, 2014

A solar rebate program will expire at the end of 2015 and the Public Service Commission accepted a controversial staff recommendation that will lessen overall energy-efficiency goals for power companies.

FPL Posts Profits of $1.35 Billion in 2013, an 8.9% Increase Over 2012, as Rate Hikes Kick In

| January 28, 2014

FPL serves virtually all residential and commercial customers in Flagler County. Late last year, the Florida Public Service Commission approved a 5 percent increase in FPL’s utility bills, and the company continues to charge customers for future nuclear power plant construction that may never take place.

FPL Customers in Flagler Will Again Pay Nuke Surcharge for Plants at Least 10 Years Off

| October 2, 2013

A residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month will pay about $5.5 extra a year, but the cost is part of a broader controversy over a law that allows utility companies to charge customers for power-plant construction that hasn’t even begun yet, and may never be completed.

Get Set for Higher Power Bills in January as FPL Bids for Annual Increases Through 2016

| November 24, 2012

A house consuming the typical 1,000 kWh would see its base monthly rate increase by $5.23, but if a state settlement is approved with FPL, there would actually be no change in net costs to customers in the coming year, but the settlement would also ensure that there would be rate increases every year for three straight years thereafter.

Drill, Baby, Drill: How Mica and Other Florida Republicans Rejected Everglades Protection

| February 19, 2012

As the House of Representatives voted to open public lands and off-shore waters to drilling and experimenting with oil shale and tar sands, Kathy Castor, D-Fla., proposed a 5-mile protective buffer for the Everglades and the Great Lakes. The measure was rejected, 241-176, with 17 of Florida’s House Republicans voting to kill the proposal.

Crediting FPC, 2 Manfres Develop Energy-Saving Product With Broad Applications

| January 12, 2012

FPC graduate Alec Manfre is the COO of Bractlet, a start-up company that received $40,000 from the Chilean government to develop an energy-saving device he and colleagues invented at Georgia Tech. Manfre’s sister Catherine, also an FPC graduate, heads the company’s marketing.

Banning Near-Shore Oil Drilling for Good in Florida: Proposed Constitutional Amendment Is Filed

| August 31, 2011

The proposed amendment, filed Tuesday by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, matches a House version filed earlier this year by Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg. It would ask voters to put into the constitution a ban on exploration, drilling, extraction or production of oil in Florida waters.

In Your Backyard: Public Discussion on Where to Plunk Desalination Plant Wednesday

| March 8, 2011

The $200 million, Palm Coast-led desalination project is holding an open house and public comment period on the project’s location beginning at 6 p.m. at the Whitney Laboratory in Marineland on March 9.

We Need Drilling. Just Not Where You Think.

| May 2, 2010

The BP rig disaster will spill more oil in the Gulf of Mexico than the Exxon Valdez did in Prince William Sound. Time to cap the follies of cheering for more offshore oil-drilling in Florida.

Nuclear’s Glowing, False New Dawn

| November 15, 2009

Besides radioactive waste with nowhere to go, the nuclear power industry is releasing a rich array of glowing falsehoods about the supposed promise of nuclear power.

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