Plans to strengthen Florida’s electric system get go-ahead

TALLAHASSEE – Less than a week after Hurricane Ian knocked out power to large swaths of Florida, state regulators Tuesday approved utilities’ long-term plans to try to bolster the electric system. The state Public Service Commission approved, with some changes, plans submitted by Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co., and Florida Public Utilities Co. The plans detail a wide range of projects, including increasing the number of underground power lines. But with the work expected to cost billions of dollars over the next decade, commissioners expressed concerns about its effects on utility customers’ pocketbooks. Monthly electric

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