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Florida PSC approves nuclear settlement with Duke Energy listen

10/17/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Duke Energy, nuclear power, nukes, Progress Energy Florida, PSC, Florida Public Service Commission, FLPIRG

Thursday the Florida Public Service Commission approved a financial settlement with Duke Energy to pass along most of the costs of two failed nuclear energy projects to customers. During the first part of the hearing Wednesday in Tallahassee consumer advocates asked the PSC to reject the settlement, or at least hold meetings in Pinellas County, where most Duke customers live in Florida. But Thursday the PSC, including chair Ronald Brisé, voted 4-1 to approve the deal.

"Yes, it's a difficu...

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Public interest group threatens class action lawsuit if PSC settles with Duke over nukes listen

10/16/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: PSC, Public Service Commission, Duke Energy, Progress Energy, Levy County, nuclear, nuclear power, Crystal River, Dwight Dudley, Daylin Houser

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update: the PSC approved the settlement agreement Thursday by a vote of 4-1

Wednesday Duke Energy is asking the Florida Public Service Commission to approve an agreement with Florida’s Office of Public Counsel to settle financial issues relating to a cancelled Levy County nuclear energy project and closing a nuclear plant in Crystal River. But they were met by citizens and activist groups who are asking the Public Service Commission to delay the settlement and instead hold public hearing...

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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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Environmental groups to Progress Energy: No nuclear power in Florida listen

10/03/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Progress Energy Florida is charging rate payers for the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Levy County. On Saturday, about 30 activists gathered in front of Progress Energy’s headquarters in St. Petersburg to oppose nuclear power throughout the state.

University students, the Florida YES Coalition, and members of the [Coalition Against Nukes](http://www.coalitionagainstnukes.or...

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Florida Senate panel approves PSC nominees listen

04/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A Florida Senate ethics panel approved the confirmations of three state Public Service Commissioners and the PSC Chair. The panel’s approval comes despite an ethics complaint filed against the chair after it was reported that he had drinks with a utility executive during a conference.

The Senate rules subcommittee hearings hit a snag when Zephyrhills resident David Bussey, an advocate for local control of water resources, told the panel that PSC Chair Art Graham committed a gross ethics ...

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PSC approves rate increase for Progress Energy customers to construct uncertain nuke plants listen

10/26/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Florida Public Service Commission elected a newcomer, Arthur Graham, to be chair, instead of outgoing Commissioner Nathan Skop. Skop is the last of four commissioners who were let go after voting down rate hikes for power companies. Graham replaces former chair Nancy Argenziano who resigned early to endorse Alex Sink for governor.

Today the new-look PSC also agreed to allow Progress Energy to keep billing customers for nuclear power plant that may never be built.

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PSC nominating committee rejects two sitting commissioners listen

06/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday in Tampa, the Public Service Commission nominating council reviewed dozens of applications for two seats on the state board that regulates utilities. Among the rejected were two current Commissioners.

Since Gov. Charlie Crist nominated Chair Nancy Argenziano and Nathan Skop to the PSC in 2007, they were some of the panel’s strongest consumer advocates. Both were on the board when it unanimously shot down the two biggest utility rate increases in state history. State Senator Mik...

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On Tallahassee, PSC Chair Pulls No Punches listen

03/05/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today in Downtown St. Petersburg, the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club heard from Nancy Argenziano, who some called one of the club's most outspoken guest speakers to date. The Public Service Commission Chair and former legislator shared her take on Tallahassee, and pulled no punches in doing so.

Behind her anecdotes of money and power at the capitol, Argenziano’s message to attendees was simple.

Argenziano is perhaps best known for sending a powerful lobbyist a twenty five pound box of cow m...

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