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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.

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.

  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.

Gulf Power Company has finished the first of ten "Florida First Sites" as part of the company's initiative to have more industrial sites ready for use.

Venture Crossings in Bay County is owned by The St. Joe Company. It is adjacent to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, and the site is among nine across the Panhandle that’s being made shovel-ready for business and/or industry.

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Gulf Power and the Santa Rosa Island Authority are teaming up on a project to make Pensacola Beach a bit safer for both humans and sea turtles.

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses this year’s annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium, set take place Monday and Tuesday, Oct 13 and 14 at the Baytowne Conference Center in Sandestin. This year’s theme is ‘Game Plan for the Future…What’s Your Next Move?

“It’s a super event,” says Harper. “It’s really the one chance where business leaders, analysts, guests from around the nation, who are expert in various areas of economics and business, get together to talk about where’ve been in Northwest Florida and where we’re going.”