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  • After pouring workers and equipment into restoring electricity after Hurricane Ian, Florida Power & Light expects to seek approval to recoup about $1.1 billion from customers, officials said Friday. It was not immediately clear when FPL will file a proposal at the Florida Public Service Commission — or how the proposal would affect customers’ monthly bills.
  • Among its 21 counties, power has been restored to 1.8 million customers or 83 percent of FPL’s range.
  • Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis said the Lee County Electric Cooperative is moving too slowly restoring power to its customers in the hardest-hit communities in Southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian and needs to ask for more help in terms of mutual assistance.The governor said the LCEC needs to accept help from mutual aid groups in hard-hit areas like Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Pine Island. National agencies such as the Florida Electrical Cooperatives Association on Sunday morning said it remained ready with resources from its members around the state willing to come in and help.DeSantis’ reaction came after a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee on the efforts to restore power in Southwest Florida.DeSantis learned the Florida Power & Light said more than 45% of their accounts in Lee County were back on, but the LCEC reported power restored to just to 9% of their customers, which represents about 18,000 out of 183,000.
  • A little more than a day after Hurricane Ian made landfall, Florida Power & Light knew how many of its 2 million customers are without power, and where they are, but company officials can’t tell most of those whose power was still out more than 24 hours later when to expect the lights to turn back on.“Daylight revealed Hurricane Ian’s utter destruction, and our hearts go out to our fellow Floridians whose lives have been upended,” said Eric Silagy, FPL’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We know the vital role electricity plays. Rest assured, we will not stop until we can get the lights back on.”Hurricane Ian came ashore near Fort Myers as a Category 4 storm packing sustained winds of 150 mph on a trajectory that would prove devastating for many reasons: the strength of its winds, its slow forward speed, and its meandering path that meant the huge storm touched nearly every place in peninsular Florida.Power had been restored to much of Southeast Florida, which was hit by Ian’s feeder bands for 36 hours, which is where many of the 750,000 customers who had their service turned on in the first 24 hours lived.
  • Florida Power & Light, the largest utility in the state, has nearly 16,000 workers in 24 staging areas. Tampa Electric has about 3,000 workers from a dozen states poised to help restore power after the storm passes.
  • Florida Power & Light Company plans to refund nearly $400 million to its 5.8 million customers, money to be given back as a result of savings from the new federal tax law.
  • State health officials reported 2,582 new COVID-19 cases, Wednesday, bringing Florida's total to 722,707 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 137 new coronavirus-related deaths, Oct. 7, increasing the statewide death toll to 15,084 fatalities.Of the 5,466,927 COVID-19 tests that have been reported in Florida so far, the overall positivity rate reduced slightly to 13.22% and the latest single day positivity rate fell to 4.14%.
  • State health officials reported 2,470 new COVID-19 cases, Tuesday, bringing Florida's total to 687,909 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 99 new coronavirus-related deaths, Sept. 22, increasing the statewide death toll to 13,579 fatalities.Of the 5,139,472 COVID-19 tests that have been reported in Florida so far, the overall positivity rate now stands at 13.38%. The latest single day positivity rate increased slightly to 5.83%.
  • State health officials reported 502 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 46,944 cases.The Florida Department of Health also reported 55 deaths, Tuesday, for a total of 2,052 fatalities. 938 of Florida's coronavirus-related deaths have been associated with long-term care facilities, accounting for 45.7% of all virus-related deaths in the state.Nearly 8,500 people in total have been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in Florida.
  • Pointing to issues such as expanding renewable energy, state regulators Tuesday approved a $1.8 billion plan by Florida Power & Light to add 20...