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A new amendment, known as the Solar Initiative, seeks to overcome utility regulations by allowing businesses to generate and sell their own solar power to neighboring businesses. A report was recently released outlining the advantages of allowing a free market in Florida’s energy.
Rep. Keith Perry confirmed that a bill which would have allowed voters to establish a HB-1325 has died in the Florida House of Representatives. The hearing of HB 1325, was postponed during the last meeting of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Gainesville residents using less energy means generating less money for Gainesville services such as police and parks. To offset the loss, the average bill for a GRU customer increased about $6 in October, resulting in the second highest ranked residential bill in the state.
The Gainesville Renewable Energy Center received the Forest Stewardship Council’s chain-of-custody certification on Oct. 28. GREC is the first power plant in the country to receive this certification.
Gainesville Regional Utilities will be audited by a third party to investigate a 30-year contract between the company and the owners of a biomass plant.
Gainesville residents and businesses can expect increased energy costs starting Wednesday. The increase comes despite Gainesville Regional Utility lowering its base rates and cutting fixed costs.
Seniors vs. Crime is now looking into taxes on gas and water surcharges collected by Gainesville Regional Utilities. The group was previously only investigating a complaint about a tax on electric customer charges collected by GRU.
A program of the state attorney general’s office is investigating whether GRU, the city and the county may be inappropriately taxing a portion of utility bills each month, upwards of $2.7 million in taxes over the last three years.
The Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Sun and WUFT sponsored a debate between the two candidates in the April 8 run-off election for the at-large candidate for Gainesville city council.
Polls closed at 7 p.m. and results now show all precincts reporting. Supervisor of Elections reports nearly 15 percent turnout.