Utilities Sector

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    FPL Power Plant in Florida Panther Refuge Stymied by Seminole Lawsuit

    A state court judge last week blocked Florida Power & Light's plans to build an immense new gas-fired power plant in Hendry County, on environmentally sensitive, historically significant land that adjoins the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. See also: Seminoles to Protest FPL Power Plant on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Even Californians Are Attacking Rick Scott's Environmental Record

    Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager billionaire from California, has decided to pour millions into a campaign to remind Floridians that Rick Scott has been terrible to the environment. Steyer's super PAC, NextGen Climate, is going strong to the hoop with attack ads targeting Scott and his envir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The Alliance for Solar Choice Vows to Fight Against Florida Power Utilities

    Florida's solar industry might be up against the ropes, but it's vowing to fight on. As we reported a few weeks back, the small but feisty solar industry -- with an assist from the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a national group pushing sun energy -- is trying to outlive the kibosh coming from Fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Palm Beach County Drinking Water Being Flushed With Chlorine Until August

    Hey there, Palm Beach County. Notice how when you turn on the tap, your kitchen suddenly smells like a swimming pool? That's because, as of Monday, county officials are having chlorine flushed through the pipes in a disinfection process that'll last until August. Palm Beach County Water Utilities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    FPL, Duke Power, Gulf Power Squeeze Out Solar; Have They No Shame?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Palm Beach County Agrees to Import Trash for Money

    Ahh, Palm Beach County. Sunshine shining on a cloudless day as palm trees sway lazily in the waft of putrid refuge in the breeze. Or, at least, that'll be the picture of the town on some days after the county commissioners voted to allow the importing of garbage from outside the county to burn in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Forget Coal and Windmills; FAU's Underwater Turbines Will End Global Warming

    FAU announced recently that researchers at its Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) have signed a 5-year lease to evaluate underwater turbines powered by ocean currents. The lease, which was granted by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Florida Power Plants Called On to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 38 Percent

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Earth Day: Nine Ways Florida Is Screwing Up the Environment

    Happy Earth Day, Florida! We're all gonna die! Yes, today is the day we're supposed to be conserving, planting trees, turning off the lights, and collecting all that recycling. But the reality is, things are not looking as green as they should in the Sunshine State. Florida is a land literally nam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Palm Beach County Closer to Importing Trash for Money

    Palm Beach County is a dump. Or, at least, it's going to be, after county commissioners voted 4-3 vote to seek bids from waste haulers from all parts outside of Palm Beach just so they can land some big money for a new incinerator. The commissioners argue that the money would give trash revenues ... More >>

  • News

    February 27, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Problems at FPL's St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Power Plant Pollution: FPL's Everglades Plant Ranked Third-Worst in Florida

    A new study ranking greenhouse gas emissions from power plants on a state-by-state basis places Florida number three nationally. Within Florida, the study finds FPL's West County Energy Center, in Palm Beach County, the state's third most polluting. See also: - Tree-huggers Mobilize to Stop FPL Fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Port Everglades FPL Plant Demolished

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Palm Beach Ironworkers vs Spawn of Cheney, Round Two

    When Palm Beach County two years ago awarded a subsidiary of Kellogg Brown & Root a share of a $668 million contract to build a new waste treatment facility, the company's anti-union ways were no secret. But KBR's was the cheapest of three competing proposals, so commissioners gave the firm the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Boil-Water Notice Is Up for Parts of Fort Lauderdale

    A water main broke at the intersection of NW 31st Avenue and NW 26th Street in Fort Lauderdale, and now Broward County Water and Wastewater Services is advising folks to boil their water from now until at least Saturday. So, if you live anywhere between NW 31st Avenue to the west, NW 26th Street to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Hundreds of Manatees Find Refuge From the Cold Near FPL Plant

    Merry Christmas, South Florida! It's 304 manatees! The recent cold snap forced hundreds of the sea cows to the FPL plant located east of State Road 7 right off Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The herd sought refuge from the suddenly chilly weather in the plant's discharge of war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    FPL Bills to Increase Come January

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Looking to Fight Off Rising Nuclear Power Costs for FPL Customers

    In 2006, the undaunted geniuses in the Florida Legislature came up with the Florida Renewable Technology and Energy Efficiency Act, a shady law that basically gives utility companies like FPL and Progress Energy Florida permission to charge customers for something that might be built or fixed, witho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    FAU Study: Coping With Climate Change in Florida May Cost as Much as $1 Billion

    randompixels.blogspot.comThat's not exactly a transportation "plan."​Not long after the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division released its report detailing how rising sea levels could cause major flooding across Fort Lauderdale, Florida Atlantic University has released ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2011

    William Stewart: Second Person This Week to Be Caught Mid-Download on Alleged Child Porn

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeWilliam Kenneth Stewart, wearing what appears to be a South Florida Water Management District shirt.​For the second time this week, cops served a warrant on a child-pornography suspect and allegedly found pictures and videos of naked kids mid-download on their com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Huizenga CFO on Water Management Board; Does This Have Anything to Do With Yachts?

    Flickr user: totalAldoHuizenga is building a megayacht center in Riviera Beach.​Rick Scott's decision to appoint a pro-business corporate executive to the South Florida Water Management District's governing board is not exactly stunning. This is the governor, after all, who declared Florida "open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Florida Has Some of The Most Toxic Air Pollution In the Nation, Study Says

    ​Florida residents are the third-most at-risk among the 50 states from toxic emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants, according to a study released today.The report, from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility, found that only Ohio and Pennsylvani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Rick Scott Appoints Businessman With History of Everglades Pollution to Board That's Supposed to Keep it Safe

    Smokestacks similar to this one spewed some nasty stuff under Portuondo's reign at Montenay.​If there was any question whether Florida Gov. Rick Scott favored business over the environment, this week he ended the debate. Scott appointed a businessman with a history of environmental problems to ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Florida's Nuclear Worries?

    ​A two-page report on a proposed Turkey Point nuclear power plant appeared this weekend in the Sun Sentinel, but calling it a "two page" report doesn't really begin to cover it. These are massive pages, 1,600 words in total. Feature-length pages, in Sentinel terms. And why? Is there a radiation le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Meltdown Fears Growing

    Two explosions in three days have rocked the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. An endless stream of nuclear industry cronies has claimed there is really not much to worry about, but the money is doing the talking: Nuclear industry shares have already lost more than $1.5 billion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Koch's Spokesman: Wind Farm is a "Boondoggle"

    Flickr user: andjohan​Yesterday, The Juice brought you the tale of Bill Koch, the Palm Beach billionaire energy mogul who has spent millions of dollars to oppose an offshore wind farm that will sully his view of Nantucket Sound. We speculated that Koch's opposition might have something to do with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Palm Beach Billionaire Koch Likes Tax Subsidies, Too

    Flickr user: andjohan​One of Palm Beach billionaire Bill Koch's main objections to a proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound -- which he has spent millions of dollars fighting -- is that it will require tax breaks to succeed. As the Juice reported earlier today, Koch has claimed that the an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Nuclear Energy: South Florida's Misunderstood Friend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    You're Invited! Environmentalist on Trial for Chaining Herself to Tree

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2009

    Sunday Reading: The Wayne Huizenga Story

    I just happened on this classic written by Steve Almond in 1994 about South Florida's hard-driven, complicated, and sometimes brutal mogul.  Uh, it jumps.   Citizen Wayne - The Unauthorized Biography A college dropout and the product of a broken home, H. Wayne Huizenga rose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Create Green Jobs? Can We Save 'Em First?

    Last August, when the presidential race was a toss-up and the the stock market was not yet gyrating, Barack Obama's campaign released this paper, which promised that as president he would create five million "green jobs."Not many, it seemed, would be in the recycling industry. The word "recycle" doe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    FPL vs. the Environment, again

    The hardcore environmentalists at Everglades Earth First sure know how to push FPL's buttons. All year, they've been waging a court battle against construction of a new power plant in Palm Beach County (right across the street from a wildlife refuge!).  Today, they picked another fight with the ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008
  • Dining

    August 14, 2008

    Kick the Bottle

    As the containers and costs mount, in South Florida and beyond, plastic is played out

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008
  • News

    May 5, 2005


    Davie Squeeze

  • News

    March 31, 2005
  • News

    March 10, 2005

    Pickpocketing the Public: Part 1

    The "renewable energy" program you're chipping in for spews the same old pollutants

  • Music

    October 28, 2004

    We've Got the Power

    A legendary producer wants to make Fort Lauderdale a hit factory

  • News

    October 16, 2003

    Don't Drink the Water, Part IV

    Pompano's top man still needs to be flushed from office

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Don't Drink the Water III

    An underling becomes the sacrificial lamb, but Bill Flaherty must go

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Taking Stock of Bob Graham

    The South Florida senator and presidential candidate wheels and doodles

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    Don't Drink the Water

    A deceptive city manager. A Machiavellian administrator. An incompetent lab director. Are the Pompano taps to be trusted?

  • Sports and Recreation

    May 16, 2002

    Best Place to Canoe

    Loxahatchee River Canoe Outfitters

  • Best of BPB

    May 17, 2001

    Best Topography

    Broward County Interim Contingency Landfill

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Awful Fishy

    For Broward's canal fisherman, potentially toxic levels of mercury are a part of the catch of the day

  • News

    July 17, 1999

    Postcards From the Edge

    Peace and quiet, great fishing, tax-free land. Welcome to the Everglades, where "hunt camps" are enjoying a new lease on life.

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Postcards From the Edge

    Peace and quiet, great fishing, tax-free land. Welcome to the Everglades, where "hunt camps" are enjoying a new lease on life.

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    If at First You Don't Succeed, Get Hired by the City Again

    Consultants Hazen and Sawyer oversaw one the biggest utility failures in Fort Lauderdale history. So why does the city keep hiring them?

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