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Central Florida's fresh groundwater isn't enough to meet future demand. Already some water bodies are at risk. That's according to a new report from the Central Florida Water Initiative, a collaboration of three water management districts, the state and regional stakeholders.

The report projects Central Florida's water use will grow 40% by 2035. Waterways most at risk are in the Wekiva area, western Seminole County, western Orange County, southern Lake County and on the Lake Wales Ridge.

Tom Bartol of the Saint Johns River Water Management District helped draft the report. He says utilities will have to explore other sources.

FPL Unveils Three-year Upgrade Plan

May 6, 2013

Florida's largest utility says it's using lessons learned from last year's storms to strengthen its grid against hurricanes and other extreme weather. Florida Power and Light is putting its plan on the fast-track.

FPL has already spent nearly $460 million over the past five years to fortify its system against storms. The utility's new plans call for investing another half a billion dollars for upgrades over the next three years. FPL spokesman Greg Brostowicz say the improvement plans build on lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and flooding from other tropical storms last year.

State Gives Green Light To FPL Rate Increase

Dec 17, 2012

The state has given Florida Power and Light the go-ahead to raise rates. The Public Service Commission approved the deal after FPL agreed to reduce its original settlement request.

But the state's top consumer advocate plans to challenge that decision.

The rate increases are set to start in January but customers probably won't feel the effects until June. FPL says the increases are needed so the company can smoothly bring more power plants online.

The South Florida Water Management District has approved 10 digital billboards on district land.

Last year, the state senate passed a bill that encouraged Florida's water management agencies to develop an outdoor public information system. But to do it without taxpayer money.

On Thursday, the agency finalized an agreement with two advertising agencies that will front the entire cost of the billboards.

Utility companies in Florida are allowed to charge customers for power plants that may never be built. 
It’s allowed under a law passed in 2006. A challenge to the law is now before the Florida Supreme Court.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy wants the law overturned. Utilities like Florida Power and Light and Progress Energy can charge customers up front for the cost of possibly building nuclear reactors.

Alliance Attorney Gary Davis says the utilities are collecting the money even though they haven’t shown any plans to build nuclear plants.

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