Gerri Boyce

JEA power plant

Jacksonville’s community-owned utility company is shutting down a large coal-fired power plant that’s served the area for 30 years.


Update 10:00 a.m. After two successful water quality tests, JEA lifted the boil water notice Tuesday night. 

The bacteriological survey showed water is safe to drink, but it's recommended customers flush water lines for three minutes after water returns to remove any air and possible sediments from the lines.

JEA originally planned to repair the water main, but upon further inspection, crews have decided to replace the entire section of the pipe and "reposition it to prevent further breaks," JEA Spokeswoman Gerri Boyce said in an email. "Since this is now a project and not just a repair, the timeline has been lengthened."

Environmental Protection Agency

St. Petersburg is facing scrutiny over its recent decision to pump 20 million gallons of sewage from an overloaded treatment plant into Tampa Bay.

One national environmental organization is warning: similar overflows could become more common as the climate changes.

solar panel
Oregon Department of Transportation via Flickr

Solar panel users in Jacksonville are fighting a JEA plan to reduce the amount the utility pays them for their excess power, under a practice called net metering.

Consumers say cutting incentives would make installing solar panels less affordable.