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FPL spent $570,000 on lobbying in quarter  

FPL Group, parent of Florida Power & Light Co., spent $570,000 in the first quarter to lobby on legislation addressing reductions in greenhouse gases and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

The Juno Beach-based company lobbied the federal government on several bills addressing climate change, energy independence and renewable energy.

FPL also owns FPL Energy, a non-regulated, wholesale generation unit that includes solar, nuclear and wind power. It is the nation’s top wind and solar power generator.

Other lobbying issues included energy assistance to low-income homeowners, the construction of new domestic nuclear power facilities and nuclear waste matters.

Florida Power & Light recently applied to Florida regulators to raise electric bills by an average of 16 percent to cover rising prices for natural gas and fuel oil, which power the majority of its electric generation. FPL said it projects it will need $746 million to cover the extra costs for fuel.

In the January-to-March period, the company lobbied Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, according to the report filed April 21 with the House clerk’s office.

Associated Press


13 June 2008

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