News Clips

The Palm Beach Post

FPL seeks approval for major solar program

Florida Power & Light last week asked state regulators to approve a major new solar-energy program in which customers could voluntarily pay a charge each month and receive credits for savings produced by the program. The utility filed the proposed “FPL SolarTogether” program at the Florida Public Service Commission. The utility said in the filing that more than 200 of its largest energy users have committed to participate in the program, which would be open to residential, business and government customers. The utility plans 20 new solar plants, with a total capacity of 1,490 megawatts.

Suwannee Democrat 

Hamilton County, White Springs can’t reach deal on fire assessment

The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners did not agree to changes in the fire assessment agreement with the Town of White Springs as requested by the town. At the March 5 meeting, White Springs Mayor Spencer Lofton presented an agreement with changes regarding the amount provided by the county. The agreement currently states the county will provide up to $7,500 per quarter or $30,000 per year. The town will receive prorated amounts that reflect the total amount of calls answered versus the total calls for service.

Route Fifty

Low-Income Renters Face Massive Affordable Housing Shortage

People with the lowest incomes face the starkest shortage of affordable housing across the United States, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. According to “The Gap,” published Thursday, there’s a shortage of 7 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters, defined as people living at or below the federal poverty line, or making 30 percent of their area’s median income. Put another way, the report says, “only 37 affordable and available homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income residents”—the largest shortage for any income group.