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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - FL: Energy Policy

The League of Women Voters of Florida and Solar United Neighbors of Florida say they're working to make the state number one in solar power. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is starting to experience its own solar boom, and it's the result of a growing grassroots movement teaching people how to make money off their roofs. A new report by the solar industry publication PV Magazine showed the Sunshine State leading the nation in solar growth

For most of its 130-year history, the Florida Public Service Commission was a three-person body, elected in statewide elections. Beginning Monday, it's a five-member, appointed commission. (Daniel Oines/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Is Florida's Public Service Commission serving the public – or is it serving the utilities it regulates? That's the question raised in a new report detailing how power companies in the state wield what researchers say is too much influence over the governor and legi

Even before the hurricanes, hard and soft corals have been bleaching in the Florida Keys due to this summer's unusually warm ocean temperatures. (U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As Florida cities wrestle with how to haul out millions of tons of post-hurricane debris and where to put it, the environmental community is asking whether the storms could mark a turning point in the state's reputation for minimizing the issue of climate change. Despite Flori

Utilities are beginning to expand their renewable-energy footprint by adding solar farms. (John Callas/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Hurricane Irma plunged 6.7 million people into darkness, the moment was short-lived especially for those with solar panels that can work off the grid. In fact, people, businesses, and even cities were able to function if they had a battery storage system or a stand-alo

Florida ratepayers are left on the hook for failed nuclear projects. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal appeals court hears arguments this week in a case challenging a Florida law that leaves utility customers on the hook for speculative nuclear projects. The controversial nuclear cost-recovery law passed in 2006, at a time when nuclear power appeared to be making

The public comment period on renewing offshore drilling runs through Aug. 17. (doi.gov)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Just a couple of days are left to comment on a plan by the Trump administration to undo Obama-era protections for the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. President Trump has vowed to take steps to reopen the ocean territories to oil and gas drilling, saying it would boost the econo

Experts say the settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon incident could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore the Gulf of Mexico. (US Navy)

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Beginning this month, Florida will receive about $74 million a year over 15 years from BP's 2016 settlement agreement from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and experts say it's critical to let science guide the use of those funds. The National Wildlife Federation has compiled a list

Opponents of the Sabal Trail Pipeline say it will damage environmentally sensitive areas of Florida and put drinking water at risk. (WWALS Watershed Coalition)

LIVE OAK, Fla. – As a small group holds vigil near the Suwannee River in north Florida, a growing chorus of voices across the state and online is speaking out against the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline. Plans call for the 515-mile natural gas pipeline to tunnel under forests, wetlands, ranche

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