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Hurricane Matthew has strengthened once again to a Category-4 storm as it barrels toward Florida’s heavily populated east coast. Help is on the way from a number of areas, including northwest Florida.  

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Gulf Power Company is considering a rate hike request aimed at bolstering its energy infrastructure. But for now, nothing is definite.

No concrete numbers are available as yet, but it’s believed any such request would be in the $115 million to $125 million range.

“What we did, is sent a letter to the Public Service Commission, letting them know that we may seek an increase later this year. But it’s an increase that wouldn’t go into effect until the summer of 2017,” said Jeff Rogers, the utility’s External Communications Manager.

 

  

  Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is hosting its 2nd Annual Community Summit this week. The event is being presented in partnership with NeighborWorks America and Gulf Power Company. It opens on Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at Gulf Power headquarters downtown, 1 Energy Place.

Habitat’s Executive Director Tim Evans stopped by the WUWF studios to talk about this follow up to their inaugural Affordable Housing Summit held in 2015.

This year, organizers opted to broaden the scope of discussion and fittingly are calling this year’s event a community summit. 

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Gulf Power Company conducted its annual exercise Tuesday, aimed at restoring electricity in the aftermath of a hurricane or other emergency.

The situation room was full at the new Douglas McCrary Training and Storm Center on Pine Forest Rd., working on developments after “Hurricane Sharon.”

“The scenario is, it’s the day after a major hurricane has impacted the Gulf Coast, made landfall in Navarre,’ said Jeff Rogers, External Communications Manager at Gulf Power.

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Two days after a tornado blasted through areas of Pensacola, the cleanup and rebuilding are shifting into high gear.

Escambia County’s Mobile Command Post remains operational in a shopping center parking lot at 9th Avenue and Olive Road:a short distance from The Moorings Apartments, where 30 units were destroyed.

“The biggest thing [Thursday] is going to be debris management and debris pickup. We’re trying to get information out to the public about separating their trash into four separate piles,” said county spokeswoman Amanda Taft.

Residents in northwest Florida and south Alabama are advised to keep tabs on the weather the next couple of days, since the area remains under a hazardous weather outlook.

A surface-level high pressure area off to the east has been causing a flow of warm air up from the Gulf of Mexico, which is keeping temperatures in the 60's and 70's around the clock.

“It looks like it’s going to continue as we approach Christmas,” said Don Shepherd, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile. Those warm temps also mean a heightened chance for severe weather.

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Groundbreaking is set for Wednesday for a new partnership between Gulf Power Company and the U-S Navy, aimed at developing, generating, 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.

“Those are some of the details we have to work out, and figure out how much space would be needed,” said 

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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.

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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