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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Wednesday, December 21, 2005

What Do Customers Get? Nada

    Amid all the reaction is this reality: FPL Group and Constellation Energy are getting together to benefit shareholders, not Florida Power & Light customers. And there's no guarantee that FPL Group will retain a corporate presence in South Florida. The company will be called Constellation Energy, and there will be another headquarters in Constellation's hometown of Baltimore. If there really will be no adverse effect on those who get power from the state's largest utility, it's far too early to be sure.
    Oh yeah, and remember this delghtful episode:
    For those who have followed Florida Power & Light's recent history, there's a sense of irony to this deal, which makes FPL Group such a player in deregulated markets. Throughout the 1990s, FPL Group prepared for energy deregulation in Florida. The company cut Florida Power & Light's payroll nearly in half and didn't build one generating plant, fearing that it wouldn't be able to recover the costs when other companies arrived to build competing "merchant" plants, which would seek out customers by offering lower rates. So when Duke Power wanted to build such a plant, FPL went all the way to the Florida Supreme Court to block it, even as the company sought to build "merchant" plants in other states.
    "When FPL gets bigger, what do customers get?"

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