It's summer, ugh, that time of year when the Florida sun seems like a sweaty, wet mattress you're constantly hiking up three flights of stairs. So if there's a time to think seriously about solar power, it's now. Despite the constant rays, Florida's solar industry is still struggling to get off the ... More >>
On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants by 30 percent by 2030 in an effort by the Obama administration to combat climate change. And while Florida's governor has been going around reminding people he's not a scientist a ... More >>
Back in 2012, Marco Rubio invoked his right to tell people he wasn't a scientist when he was asked something that has a clear answer based on scientific evidence. Now Gov. Rick Scott is also invoking that right, for the seemingly same reasons. On Tuesday, the governor was asked if he, like many in ... More >>
Florida Power & Light Co. has announced plans for a new voluntary, community-based, solar partnership pilot program. The voluntary program would include FPL installing new solar-powered generating facilities in Florida communities, including Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. But it would be fund ... More >>
Yesterday, 80 environmental activists from Earth First! protested at the Juno Beach headquarters of Florida Power & Light. Their mission was to bring attention to a proposed power plant in Hendry County. But there's another concern about FPL: possible problems at the nuclear plant in St. Lucie. Tu ... More >>
It's a very real possibility that Florida Power & Light could put power lines through Everglades National Park. These would bring power from the Turkey Point nuclear power plant to points northward. The only time to object in person is tonight, at a public meeting at Florida International Universit ... More >>
An email scam is targeting Florida Power & Light customers, the utility company announced Thursday. Both customers and noncustomers have reported receiving bogus emails that request personal information. The emails are disguised as monthly bills from FPL (or other utilities, such as Pacific Gas ... More >>
Donald Trump tweets like a preteen girl. But that's all part of his never-ending quest to pretend that he's going to run for president and to shell out everything that has the name TRUMP on it. He also takes advantage of the social media platform to not only pander to military families but also to ... More >>
Last November, Florida's Public Service Commission approved a $246 million annual rate hike for Florida Power & Light. The hike started hitting bills in January. But now, Florida's consumer advocate is asking the Florida Supreme Court to overturn the rate hike. At the time of the approval, the cos ... More >>
UPDATE 9:03 a.m. Jackie Schutz says "Governor Scott asked Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to convene the summit to provide the opportunity to openly discuss ideas and options to continue improving Florida's public school system. Governor Scott was not scheduled to attend." She also provided a ... More >>
The giant candy cane striped power plant smokestacks that stood majestically in Port Everglades and spewed crap into the air will no longer dominate the Ft. Lauderdale skyline. Florida Power & Light strapped some dynamite to the 350-foot, 7,500-ton boilers and imploded them Tuesday morning, making ... More >>
Florida Power & Light Co. and Progress Energy Florida won approval by the state on Monday to charge customers $294 million in costs for future nuclear facilities in 2013. Which means your monthly FPL bill will go up by at least $2.59. Hooorrray, Florida! On Tuesday, Florida's Public Service Co ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money in the 2010 governor's race. When asked in April if he'd be cutting more checks for reelection in 2014, he responded, simply, "I won't have to... I don't know what it will cost, but we'll have the money to win."And if the donations to his "Let's Get ... More >>
You've got the chance to save a boatload of money on your electric bill, and the electric company wants to help you do it.Florida Power & Light announced earlier this week that it would be offering more than $3 million in rebates to customers who install solar equipment in their homes or busines ... More >>
Welcome to our new blog series "Holy Crap, That's Big," where we write about humongous things going up in South Florida and the people behind them. Today's item: a proposed fossil-fuel power plant in the middle of the Everglades.It's a quiet, open hunting preserve right now, but if power demand c ... More >>
Coming to a cattle ranch near you.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period for a proposal to turn 150,000 acres of savanna ranch land north of Lake Okeechobee into the "Headwaters of the Everglades National Wildlife Refuge." The acquisition would cost $700 million ... More >>
Good one, Mr. Moneybags.Out of the five Fortune 500 companies based in South Florida, two of them managed to bank on a negative tax rate over the past three years, earning them a spot on a list of the country's "corporate tax dodgers."Citizens for Tax Justice issued the report evaluating 280 comp ... More >>
NextEra Energy -- which owns Florida Power & Light Co. -- ain't too happy about being placed on a list of "corporate tax dodgers," which we wrote about earlier today.A group that calls itself Citizens for Tax Justice issued the report evaluating 280 companies nationwide, and named 78 of t ... More >>
A fine Monday-morning quote comes from Carl Hiaasen: "I once referred to a past Legislature as a festival of whores, which in retrospect was a vile insult to the world's oldest profession. Today's lackluster assemblage in Tallahassee is possibly the worst in modern times, and cannot fairly be ... More >>
FPL's Riviera plant: Looks great from a distanceEnvironmental activists and some Riviera Beach residents are fed up with living with "one of the dirtiest power plants in the entire state of Florida," according to a news release from the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition. The Coalition, a ... More >>
The catastrophe in Haiti dominates the headlines in South Florida and around the world:The Port Au Prince airport is now taking chartered flights and aid has arrived -- just nearly enough to meet the dire need for water and fuel. [New York Times]Lynn University in Boca Raton learned late last nig ... More >>
Baby, it's cold outside.Iguanas falling from the sky.Pythons slithering from the swamps and into suburban yards in search of warmth. It would make a great horror movie if it weren't true life. It's been so frigid in South Florida this week that 250 sea turtles in cold shock have already been pick ... More >>
FlickrFamed South Florida attorney, Willie Gary, always in the spotlightFamed South Florida attorney and tabloid dream Willie Gary is making headlines, again -- but not for his own flamboyant behavior. The Rolls Royce riding, property tax evading, proud sex tape producer's son Kobie was busted in ... More >>
The headlines in Broward and Palm Beach:Investigators are circling Bruce Chait of Prestige Homes -- and not just for the developer's hiring of Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft's husband. Tamarac Mayor Joe Schreiber has alleged that Chait offered a $200,000 bribe in exchange for Mae Sch ... More >>
Your Tuesday morning in Broward and Palm Beach:The Wildcat is alive! Chad Henne can throw! Ronnie and Ricky can run! The Fins beat the Jets in dramatic fashion. [NFL.com]The state's investigation of improper communication between the Public Service Commission the utility it regulates, Florida Pow ... More >>
The news from around South Florida:Following a winning, Fredi Gonzalez will stay as the Marlins manager, even though the team failed to make the playoffs. Other parts of the coaching staff will be reshuffled, though. [Miami Herald]Hospital officials are wrestling with the question of exactly why ... More >>
I'm not necessarily saying the two things are related. But with Florida Power & Light, you never know. The utility has ingratiated itself with its state regulators at the Public Service Commission, prompting a corruption investigation at a time when it is also asking for a rate hike and permi ... More >>
Your Monday in South Florida news:Turnovers killed the Dolphins on opening day. For a team with one of the league's toughest schedules, this game against the Falcons was the closest thing to a gimme. It's going to be a long year. [NFL.com]The Broward County School District is a finalist in a $1 m ... More >>
Thanks for that, Smithers. Now that we're in the midst of the public hearings on whether to build two new nuclear power plants on Turkey Point, Florida Power & Light is asking you to think of nuclear power as an adorable, avuncular, and perfectly harmless cartoon character.Keep Smilin' Joe Fiss ... More >>
Flickr: oddball7The editorial sections of major Florida newspapers are furious about Crist's pick of George LeMieux for U.S. Senate. But in their rage -- or maybe it's modesty -- they forgot to mention how complicit their papers are in LeMieux's selection.After all, Crist's office was playing by ... More >>
Courtrooms can be such staid places -- so we love it when people treat judicial proceedings as interactive theater events. This January, an environmental activist named Stevie Lowe went to the site of the Barley Barber Swamp, an ancient cypress forest, and locked herself to a tree. The reason? Flori ... More >>
The state wants all six Palm Beach County commissioners to testify under oath about corruption in hopes that they might teach authorities how to catch corrupt politicians. The move comes after Mary McCarty resigned under corruption charges and while two former commissioners are sharing a metal toile ... More >>
Pastor Spann will save Liberty City's soul one addict at a time — if he can stay out of jail.
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Oh, what a thrill it is to see an envelope with the FPL logo sticking out of one's holiday stocking! Because it's no fun being robbed in one fell swoop, Bernie Madoff-style. I prefer a nice, slow bleed -- or at least some Chinese water torture. Well, let's start with the good news: Florida Power and ... More >>
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