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TECO customers plead with Public Service Commission to reject rate hike listen

05/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Electric Company wants to raise its rates by 10% in order to meet rising costs and cover capital investments. During a meeting with the Public Service Commission in Tampa Wednesday night, people from several different groups lashed out at the proposal calling it a lavish and unnecessary pay raise for shareholders.

The rate increase would cost customers using 1000 kilowatt hours about $10 more on their monthly bill. People with large homes or higher energy needs would see a bigger inc...

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Update on timeline of last week's water pressure failure and boil water notice in Tampa listen

02/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last Friday the City of Tampa lost power to a water treatment plant.

It caused a loss of pressure and a precautionary boil water notice that lasted until Sunday morning.

Thursday morning Tampa City Council members heard a revised timeline of how the problem developed from Tampa Water Department director Brad Baird, beginning with what happened after a squirrel chewed through a power supply line and the water treatment plant had to draw all of is electricity from a second power line.

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Anti-pollution activists lock themselves together at TECO plant - police use saws to free them listen

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Seven environmental activists locked themselves down yesterday during a direct action at the TECO power plant in Apollo Beach. Even though police spent hours cutting the locks that linked protesters no one was arrested.

Earth First! activist Leah Rothchild wanted to use the Republican National Convention as a loudspeaker for the group.

“Because this is the dirtiest coal burning power plant in the state of Florida and TECO whose power plant it is, they’re ...

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Some Sulphur Springs residents to get energy make-overs listen

06/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Three hundred homes in Tampa’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood will be getting an energy makeover on their homes this month. The Tampa Electric Company started the neighborhood weatherization program for low-income homes Tuesday in Tampa.

Improvements to homes include things like weather stripping around doors to keep cold air in and hot air out during the energy-draining summer months. A team of contractors will also be cleaning appliances and replacing old light bulbs with more efficient ...

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New Facebook group Tampa Solar

04/18/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s program with a short interview with John McGee, head of Hillsborough County’s Stormwater Environmental program. They’ve started a Trash Tracker program that, with the help of volunteers, locates and analyzes trash collected in Hillsborough County. To find out how you can become a Trash Tracker or more about the program check out.

Tampa Solar is a new Facebook group that’s promoting home solar electric sys...

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Tampa will not renew waste to energy deal with TECO listen

04/01/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa burns some of its garbage at the McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy plant to create power. Some of that energy is used to run the plant; the city sells the excess to Tampa Electric.

This morning, Tampa City Council voted unanimously to terminate that agreement with TECO when the current contract expires in August...

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Street Car gets Whiting extension line listen

10/09/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Teco Line Street Car System’s Whiting Street Extension had it’s groundbreaking ceremony at the downtown YMCA. The extension will use federal stimulus money and is one measure to bring more public transportation to the Tampa Bay Area.

The 4th grade class from the Rampello Downtown Partnership School Band played at the ceremony. City council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena attended, along with all the TECO board members and HART’s engineering staff. TECO’s David Ar...

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Tampa councilwoman wants more input on executive decisions listen

01/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month, a coalition of activist groups in Tampa struck out in forcing Mayor Pam Iorio to push Tampa Electric Co. to include more renewable energy programs force it to reduce its reliance on coal.

That was despite a long and emotional debate before the City Council. But ultimately, only Council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena voted with the activists and against the 25-year agreement.

As the Public Service Commission weighed a rate increase for TECO customers today in Ta...

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Tampa City Council approves TECO franchise listen

12/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The ongoing drama regarding a 25-year franchise agreement between the city of Tampa and Tampa Electric Co. ended today, with the council voting 4-3 to approve the agreement.

The city has gone without an agreement for 3-1/2 years, but finally approved a contract last month.

But a week later rejected it when Council Member Joseph Caetano changed his vote, saying the city had already spent too much time and money negotiating the deal.

Thomas Scott asked City Attorney Chip Fletcher if...

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Advocates call on City Council to reject TECO franchise listen

12/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A day before the Tampa City Council is scheduled to vote on a new 25-year franchise agreement between the city and Tampa Electric Co., critics of the plan called today for Council members to press for a better deal.

Dr. Warren Clark, pastor of First United Church of Tampa, said delaying a vote on the franchise agreement with TECO for at least six months would allow for several provisions to make TECO executives move toward cleaner energy alternatives.

Steven Breslow is the energy chair...

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