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Tampa City Council favors TECO deal listen

11/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week, the Tampa City Council rejected a proposed 25-year franchise agreement with Tampa Electric Co. Several council members said TECO’s reluctance to include the use of alternative fuels in its portfolio was among the factors in their rejecting the proposed pact.

But last night, one Councilman’s about face on the issue, reversed the vote.

The difference was Councilman Joseph Caetano, who made a motion to reconsider the matter so he could change his no vote to yes.

That angered...

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Tampa City Council denies TECO franchise agreement listen

11/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night the Tampa City Council rejected a long-term franchise agreement with Tampa Electric. T

City Council member Linda Saul-Sena was one of the four to vote against the franchise agreement with TECO.

"I think its so important that we do act locally," she said.

The other members who voted to reject the agreement were John Dingfelder, Mary Mulhern and Joeseph Caetano. Charlie Miranda and Thomas Scott voted in favor of the agreement.

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Tampa franchise agreement with TECO still far away listen

10/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This long discussed issue of a franchise agreement between the city of Tampa and Tampa Electric Co. was discussed at the Tampa City Council today. But, again, no resolution was reached.

Negotiations between the city and TECO have been ongoing for more than three years. Attorney Tom Cloud said an important negotiating point for the city was to increase the current franchise fee with TECO.

A number of muncipalities across the country and 35 in Florida produce their own power. Councilman J...

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Meeting on raising TECO rates brings out complaints listen

10/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A variety of people from different constituencies gathered at a public hearing last night to trash a proposal by Tampa Electric Co. to raise electricity rates.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) will rule early next year on base rate and fuel increases that would increase customers' bill up 21 percent, or roughly $12 a month.

Originally, TECO was going to request a combined 31 percent rate hike, but the company announced last week that with fuel prices dropping, so would their request ...

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Sustainable business awards include controversial picks listen

10/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The annual Global Earth Charter Community Summit and Earth Scouts Festival will be held tomorrow at the University of Tampa. As a prelude, today the university hosted the First Annual Earth Charter Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony to recognize local businesses committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility.

The Earth Charter Summit is based on a document that, according to its website, promotes a sustainable world through “Human Rights, Elimination of Poverty, Promotio...

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TECO raising rates, adding services listen

10/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Electric Co., which has already announced plans to raise basic electric rates and pass on higher fuel costs to customers next year, announced today increased fees on some services as well as fees for new services.

Twice this year, TECO announced a basic rate hike of 22 percent and a 9 percent increase in fuel costs that, if approved by state regulators, will take effect next spring.

Today TECO announced an increase in initial service connections to new homes from $38 to $75.

TE...

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Tampa City Council asked to fight TECO rate increase listen

10/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Electric Co. will soon go before state regulators to request a combined 31 percent rate increase, 22 percent of which is designed to cover higher fuel costs.

Responding to citizens concerns, the Tampa City Council got involved today. Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena said THAN, the group representing all of Tampa’s neighborhood associations, has written to the mayor and the City Council asking that they lobby the Public Service Commission to prevent such a rate increase from happening....

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TECO to raise rates 30% by next year listen

07/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The increasing costs of fuel is about to hit Tampa area electricity customers in a major way.

Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) announced this afternoon that electric bills for its customers could jump more than 30 percent beginning next year. The utility said fuel costs alone could rise as much as 22 percent next year. And as previously announced, next month TECO will be seeking a 9 percent increase in its base electric rates.

But just last month, when TECO announced base rates would increa...

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Tampa-TECO negotiations still ongoing listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council members were supposed to receive an update today on the latest in negotiations between Pam Iorio's administration and Tampa Electric Co. on a new franchising agreement.

But City Attorney David Smith said he’d prefer that he brief the Council on separate deals with the McKay Bay Waste facilty station and a lighting agreement, and he asked that the issue be postponed from April to June.

That request upset City Councilman Thomas Scott, who has been chastised by local ne...

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Citizens to TECO: Bury power lines listen

02/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The city of Tampa is negotiating a new franchising agreement with the local power company, Tampa Electric. But the Sierra Club and other parts of the community want to delay approving a new 25-year agreement until TECO can adopt measures such as providing more progressive energy sources and installing underground power lines.

Tampa resident Darren Booth is upset with the current franchise agreement between the city and TECO. He said he has helped develop transmission lines in both the U.S....

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