The Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) in Doral was knocked offline by a fire that began Feb. 12 and burned on and on. While the county continues to assess the viability of bringing the RRF back online in a limited capacity, no permit applications have been submitted to date.
As part of its ongoing effort to improve resiliency in the face of severe weather, FPL’s investments in Doral include moving more power lines underground, strengthening overhead lines and installing more intelligent devices along the energy grid to help detect potential problems and restore power faster when outages do occur. CLICK ON THE HEADLINE FOR MORE
The DOE just announced funding for domestic solar production and distribution. Fifty two million dollars, which include $10 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, goes to 19 different projects to strengthen America’s domestic solar supply chain. Another $30 million is for funding for technologies that will help integrate solar energy into the grid.
The Florida Supreme Court recently heard arguments in two challenges to the Florida Public Service Commission’s approval in late 2021 of the four-year settlement, which began increasing FPL customers’ rates last year. The Supreme Court typically takes months to issue rulings after hearing arguments.
Utilities have traditionally been allowed to recover costs from customers after hurricanes, and a rate agreement approved last year by the Florida Public Service Commission contemplates FPL being able to make such a proposal. Depending on the timing, the restoration costs could add to electric bills that are already expected to increase next year for customers. CLICK ON THE HEADLINE FOR MORE
While solar systems can generate as much power as most homes consume on bright, sunny days, they cannot be relied upon to consistently produce the amounts needed. Clouds, rainstorms, and changing angles of the sun can all reduce a system’s generating capacity. And when the power goes out, so does the grid-connected rooftop solar system. CLICK ON THE HEADLINE FOR MORE
One industry consulting firm has influenced politics across Florida, Alabama and at least six other states Hundreds of pages of internal documents – which are only coming to light now because Matrix’s founders are locked in an epic feud – detail the firm’s secret work to help power companies like FPL protect their profits and fight the transition to cleaner forms of energy. CLICK ON THE HEADLINE FOR MORE