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Palm Coast Council Explores More Underground Power Lines, But FPL
Makes It Expensive

| November 14, 2018

FPL is inviting Palm Coast government to “convert” more overhead power lines to underground lines, but the city would have to assume most of the cost. Council members are cool to the idea.

Palm Coast Residents’ Stormwater Cost Will Double Over Next 6 Years and Utility Bills Increase By $30 a Month

| September 12, 2018

Palm Coast homeowners are in for big rate increases between the new water and sewer rates the council just approved and the steep new stormwater rates it is set to approve next week.

FPL Will Bill You an Extra $40 This Year For Restoring Power During Hurricane Matthew

| February 7, 2017

The state Public Service Commission approved a $318.5 million request by FPL to cover the costs of restoring power after the storm pummeled Flagler and other Florida counties.

Electric Rates Will Go Up 8% on Jan. 1, and 13% by 2018 as Regulators Approve FPL Settlement

| November 30, 2016

FPL rates in Flagler County and across the state will go up substantially over the next three years, starting in January, as the Publci Service Commission approved an $800 million base-rate increase for the utility.

Utilities Pour Millions Into Solar Amendment Clouded By Deceptive Intent and Opposed By Environmentalists

| November 1, 2016

The latest contributions, $2 million on Oct. 24 from FPL and $999,998 last Tuesday from Duke, brought to nearly $20.2 million the amount the state’s four largest private utilities have spent on the amendment.

Solar Amendment 1 Called a “Con Job” By Utilities as Tape Exposes Political “Jiu-Jitsu”

| October 19, 2016

Solar-energy supporters fighting a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot expressed outrage Wednesday after a policy director for a Tallahassee-based think tank was caught on tape discussing utility-industry efforts to deceive voters.

Bunnell Residents Wake Up to Dry Taps as Water Levels at New Plant Fall Overnight

| September 26, 2016

Bunnell had to connect to Palm Coast water for a few hours as it hunted down the cause of an alarm that shut down its $4.8 million water plan at 5:30 this morning. Bunnell residents went without water for less than an hour.

Despite $1.65 Billion Profit in 2015, FPL Seeks 23% Rate Increase Over Next Three Years

| August 22, 2016

The proposal would increase the monthly base rate for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from $57 to about $70 by 2020. The Public Service Commission would have to approve.

Don’t Be Fooled: FPL Knocks Off 34-Cent Nukes Charge Only to Prepare for 22.6% Base-Rate Increase

| July 7, 2016

Typical customers will see a 34 cent a month decrease, but FPL is preparing to ask for a huge base-rate increase of 22.6 percent over three years, which will make the savings from the nuclear charge irrelevant.

Palm Coast Will Refinance $41 Million Utility Loan for Big Savings, But Don’t Expect Lower Rates

| March 28, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday morning, when it is expected to sign off on the deal. The nearly $600,000 in annual savings will not, however, lower utility rates.

States Begin Increasingly to Let People Reject Smart Meters Amid Health and Privacy Fears

| February 13, 2016

At least 15 states allow customers to opt out of smart meter installation, although many permit utility companies to impose a fee on customers who don’t want the meters. Florida is not among those states.

Starting With $8.50 Increase Next Year, FPL Seeks Monthly Rate Increase of $14 By 2020

| January 17, 2016

The proposal would help cover the nearly $16 billion that the power company has been investing since 2014 to improve its electricity service.

Businesses Rebel Against Plan to Shift Overdue Utility Bills from Tenants to Landlords

| November 2, 2015

A rebellion among business owners in Bunnell stopped the city cold from implementing a controversial and unusual plan that would have allowed the city to shift the responsibility for utility bills from tenants to landlords.

Regulators Again Approve Billing FPL Customers For Unbuilt, Unlicensed Nuke Plants

| October 19, 2015

FPL will charge customers–including most of Flagler County power customers–$34.2 million for a pair of nuclear reactors that have yet to be licensed and may not be built until the end of the 2020s.

Palm Coast Joins Local Governments in Opposition to Utilities’ Proposed Cost-Shifting

| October 15, 2015

Upending a century-long arrangement, utilities want local governments to pay for moving utility lines in public construction projects even though the lines use public right of ways at no cost to utilities.

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.

Supreme Court Weighs Solar Power Measure Big Utilities Want Unplugged From 2016 Ballot

| August 31, 2015

The Floridians for Solar Choice constitutional amendment, in part, would allow businesses to generate and sell up to two megawatts of power to customers on the same or neighboring properties.

Florida Utility Proposes Doubling State’s Solar Energy Capacity, But Not For Another 10 Years

| April 5, 2015

Duke Energy’s proposal to double solar capacity in Florida to 500 megawatts comes as as a coalition seeking to allow Florida businesses and property owners to sell limited amounts of solar energy has taken another step toward getting its proposal on the 2016 ballot.

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.

FPL’s $13-a-Month Surcharge on Customers Who Refuse Smart Meters Draws Challenges

| October 1, 2014

The dispute involves only a fraction of FPL’s customers, but it is part of a broader controversy in which critics say they worry the new meter technology could pose threats to their privacy or health.

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 Will See Power Bills Increase 5% Starting in January, Adding to Other Local Utility Hikes

| December 4, 2013

For Palm Coast residents, the rate increase compounds steeper utility rate increases as the city raised its water and sewer rates 8 percent in April, another 4 percent in October, and will raise them again 4 percent next October. The typical combined annual price increase: $175.

Flagler Residents Would See $84-a-Year Jump in FPL’s Base Rate Despite Solid Profits

| March 20, 2012

Despite higher profits than most industries, Florida Power & Light (FPL) is requesting the $690.4 million rate increase in 2013. FPL says the increase would be offset by fuel cost decreases, at least in 2013, reducing the net bill increase to $2.48 a month.

Water Wars, Side B: Why a Subdivision With 10% of Bunnell’s Residents Is Suing the City

| April 14, 2011

Bunnell has been reading Palm Terrace Mobile Home park’s water meters and servicing its sewer station for 27 years. The city wants to stop doing so to save money, billing the park in one lump sum. The park owner says the city is breaching a 27-year-old annexation agreement.

Bunnell Bails from Billion-$ Desalination Band

| April 29, 2010

Bunnell joins Flagler County, and possibly Flagler Beach soon, in dropping out of the $1 billion project.

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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