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Microbeads, like the ones found in common toothpastes and facial products, are damaging the environment more than many people know. The particles in these beads can enter oceans and rivers, disrupting marine life and causing damage to the ecosystem.
The Gainesville City Commission voted to accept the city auditor’s report on the financial discrepancies between GRU and Gainesville Renewable Energy Center. GRU customers will continue to pay at the high rates until the conflict is resolved.
Members of local congregations hosted a public meeting with Mayor Ed Braddy Thursday night to voice concerns about increasing GRU rates. Braddy committed to finding a solution to residents’ concerns.
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.