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02/06/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Considers Items of Interest at Upcoming Agenda Conference


TALLAHASSEE — The following items are among those scheduled for consideration by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) at the Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Agenda Conference.

At the start of the Agenda Conference, PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II will honor community “Lifeline Leaders” in recognition of Black History Month.  The month recognizes those African-American leaders, past and present, who have made contributions toward the betterment of their communities.  The leaders being recognized have shared a desire to make life better, to do more for their community, and to make sure the less fortunate are cared for.  These leaders have been instrumental in helping low-income Floridians receive and keep basic telephone service, which is critical to everyday living.

ITEM 6: Docket No. 080692-TPJoint application for approval of indirect transfer of control of telecommunications facilities by Embarq Corporation, CenturyTel, Inc., Embarq Florida, Inc., and Embarq Payphone Services, Inc.  The Commission will consider a staff recommendation addressing CenturyTel’s acquisition of Embarq.

ITEM 7: Docket No. 080533-EQPetition for approval of negotiated power purchase contract for purchase of firm capacity and energy with Horizon Energy Group, LLC, by Progress Energy Florida, Inc.  The Commission will consider a staff recommendation for Progress Energy’s purchase of electricity from a planned municipal solid waste facility.

ITEM 9: Docket No. 080665-EIPetition of Florida Power & Light Company for approval of long-term agreement for full requirements electric service with Lee County Electric Cooperative.  The Commission will consider a staff recommendation on a large, long-term wholesale sales agreement.

ITEM 11: Docket No. 080366-GUPetition for rate increase by Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC).  The Commission will consider a staff recommendation on an interim rate increase for FPUC pending a final decision on a permanent rate request.

The Agenda Conference is scheduled for the following time and location:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
9:30 a.m.

Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida

The Agenda Conference is broadcast on the Florida Channel (check your local listings) and is available online by going to www.floridapsc.com and selecting Commission Calendar on the top right of the Web page.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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