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   Gulf Power is clearing a path for you to power your home with solar power. The Gulf Solar Energy Share program has been presented to the Florida Public Service Commission for approval. The program will give Gulf Power customers the opportunity to power their homes completely with solar energy.

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Gulf Power Company and the U.S. Navy are weighing anchor on a new partnership, aimed at developing and distributing solar power.

Under a 37-year lease, Gulf Power will use almost 600 acres of property aboard NAS Pensacola, Whiting Field, and two outlying landing fields, Holly and Saufley. Natalie Smith at the utility says plans are to build two large generating facilities.

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The Public Service Commission approved Monday a new rate for electricity. Beginning in January the average residential bill for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will average $135.58

Jeff Rogers at the utility says continued lower prices in natural gas and coal used to generate electricity is fueling the decrease, which in a small way is repeating history.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium held October 11-13 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, FL.

“Think Big; think Northwest Florida,” said Harper referring to the theme of this year’s event, which had over 600 people in attendance.

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  As Hurricane Joaquin churns in the Atlantic, plans were put into place in northwest Florida to help, but there are changes in those plans.

Joaquin had appeared ready to move towards the East Coast, but the latest from the National Hurricane Center has the Category-4 storm and its 130 mph sustained winds jogging more to the northeast and further out into the Atlantic.

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In a continuing scam, area individuals and businesses continue to receive calls from a person claiming to represent Gulf Power and threatening to cut off service if payment is not made.

Gulf Power continues to work with law enforcement in reporting the incidents. But the utility continues to get a growing number of complaints from customers reporting fraudulent calls.

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Beginning in January, look for some electric bills to contain slightly lower numbers.

If approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, Gulf Power’s 430,000 customers from Pensacola to the Big Bend will see a 2.7% decrease. That means the residential charge for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will drop $3.71, to $135.58.

Jeff Rogers at the utility says continued lower prices in natural gas and coal used to generate electricity is fueling the decrease, which is a small way is repeating history.

Gulf Power Company customers in the Pensacola area are getting a heads-up about a telephone scam being investigated by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.  

In what appears to be the latest incarnation of an ages-old scam, calls are made by someone claiming to work for Gulf Power.

“Basically, it starts off with information stating that you have an overdue bill,” says Santa Rosa Deputy Rich Aloy. “Then the threat comes, that they’re going to shut your power off immediately if you do not provide payment right away.”

How to increase the availability of affordable housing in the Pensacola area was the topic of a conference Tuesday, involving a number of local organizations.

UWF economist Rick Harper led off the Affordable Housing Summit at Gulf Power Company. During his hour-long presentation, he said the definition of “affordable housing” depends on the percentage of a family’s income that’s used to keep a roof over their heads.

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Gulf Power Company all gathered together Monday morning, to go, over their plan for before, during, and after a tropical storm and/for hurricane.

It was a full house at the utility’s new Douglas McCrary Training & Storm Center on Pine Forrest Road, as team leader from all department that would have storm duty looked at ways to improve response.

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Gulf Power Company is moving ahead with plans to build solar energy farms at three military bases in northwest Florida. The green light was provided this week by the state’s Public Service Commission.

The PSC gave unanimous approval to all three projects, aboard Naval Air Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, and at Eglin Air Force Base. Natalie Smith at the utility says the approval process was somewhat lengthy.

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Escambia County is partnering with a number of local firms in launching a new notification system, aimed at alerting residents to developing emergencies.

“Basically, it’s an automated notification system, that can communicate with citizens on many different levels,” said John Dosh, Escambia County’s Emergency Management Chief. “Whether it be cellphone, home phone, work phone. It can email, it can text. It’s a subscription to provide this service.”

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Gulf Power Company is asking the Florida Public Service Commission to green-light an agreement, which would make the utility a major purchaser of wind-generated electricity. If approved, the deal would be the first of its kind in Florida.

The project involves 89 wind turbines, and could supply 180 megawatts: that’s enough energy to power about 50,000 homes per year.

  Starting this month, Gulf Power customers will see a rise in their electric rates. The hike is aimed at covering fuel costs associated with generating electricity.

The average residential customer will now pay $139.29 for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s up from $132.

Natalie Smith at Gulf Power says the Florida Public Service Commission allows expenses such as power plant fuel to be passed along to consumers, but they are not allowed to earn a profit on fuel charges.

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Torrential rain – more than 20 inches in some places -- fell on the Pensacola area at the end of April. Both residents and officials scrambled to assess the damage, as we hear in this year-ender report from WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

Gov. Rick Scott came to town and declared a state of emergency in 26 counties – including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton – eastward to Alachua County. 

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