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Post-COVID Hybrid Workplace Affecting JEA Facility Planning

Mar 29, 2021
An artist's rendering of the JEA headquarters under construction at 225 N. Pearl St. in Downtown Jacksonville.
VIA THE JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD

JEA employees will return to the utility’s administrative offices in July as the COVID-19 pandemic eases, but will have opportunities to work remotely, CEO Jay Stowe said.

JEA Buys Almost $2.45M Worth Of LaVilla Property

Mar 22, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Municipal utility JEA paid almost $2.45 million March 18 for 2.27 acres in LaVilla targeted for its “hardened” secondary headquarters.

File photo of Mayor Lenny Curry.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville has received $28.9 million from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program to go towards rent and utility payments for struggling families. 

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News


JEA is restructuring its leadership team and has named four of the people who will help lead the city-owned utility starting next month.

JEA Board Approves $11M In Property Property Purchases To Expand Infrastructure

Feb 2, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The JEA board voted 7-0 on Jan. 28 to move ahead on two land purchases totaling nearly $11 million to expand its electric system infrastructure in southeast Jacksonville and support a new wastewater treatment plant north of Jacksonville International Airport.

JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A new report finds that Florida is one of the nation’s lowest-performing states when it comes to utility energy efficiency, echoing the findings of the previous year’s report.

JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News


A new report from the Sierra Club on utility climate pledges gives JEA an F grade for its climate goal.

JEA Rescinds Master Developer Selection Plan For St. Johns River Power Park Redevelopment

Jan 25, 2021

JEA halted its search for a master developer for 2,000 acres, including the St. Johns River Power Park and surrounding parcels, as the utility’s CEO plans to reengage JAXPORT officials and other community leaders about redeveloping the property. 

Jacksonville City Council Investigative Report Links Mayor Curry To Failed JEA Sale

Jan 4, 2021
JEA's headquarters building is seen in the distance behind the Main Street Bridge.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

A Jacksonville City Council special committee on Monday published its long-awaited investigative report into the failed 2019 sale of JEA, finding that Mayor Lenny Curry and JEA officials spent years exploring a sale of the city-owned utility with a "purposeful lack of transparency" and CEO Aaron Zahn used "intentional misrepresentations and omissions" to push a sale, which was coupled with Zahn's creation of an "ill-conceived" bonus plan that could have yielded executives millions of dollars.

Georgia Power

Plant Vogtle, which JEA has a contract to buy power from, has reached a milestone with the first nuclear fuel shipment for Unit 3, which has been under construction.

Jacksonville City Council Moves To Institute JEA Charter Changes

Dec 10, 2020
JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council has finalized broad changes Dec. 8 to JEA Article 21 in the city charter.

What once was the closest nuclear power plant to the Tampa Bay area is being dismantled.

The nuclear reactor which is about 90 minutes north of Tampa went offline in 2009 for refueling, but never reopened after cracks were found in the containment structure surrounding the reactor core.

Duke Energy announced in 2013 it would be retiring the nuclear operations, while keeping the existing newer coal units, and building natural gas-fired generators. The company says the dismantling now underway should be completed in 2027.

Jay Stowe Signs Contract To Become JEA's Next CEO

Nov 10, 2020
Jay Stowe
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jay Stowe’s first day on the job as CEO and managing director of city-owned utility JEA will be Nov. 30.

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The JEA Board has chosen the city-owned utility’s next CEO.

JEA Board Interviews CEO Finalists

Oct 28, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

The JEA board of directors heard from three finalists Oct. 27 in its search for the city-owed utility’s next CEO.

Construction Starts On New JEA Downtown Jacksonville Headquarters

Oct 22, 2020
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

The rattle and clank of heavy equipment digging inside crater-sized holes leaves no doubt construction has finally begun on a new JEA headquarters building in downtown Jacksonville.

Site Plans Filed For JEA's Westlake Solar Array

Oct 2, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A San Diego-based renewable energy company under contract with JEA filed site plans Sept. 22 for Westlake Solar Array, a 50-megawatt solar farm in West Jacksonville.

Council Committee Urges Subpoenas In JEA Probe With Link To Former Curry Consultant

Sep 29, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council committee investigating JEA’s 2019 attempt to privatize voted Sept. 28 to seek subpoenas for companies linked to Mayor Lenny Curry’s former political consultant Tim Baker.

JEA Presentation Indicates Steady Electric Rates For 4 Years, Possible Increase In 2025

Sep 22, 2020
JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Even with the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant casting a shadow on JEA's financial outlook, the utility can hold the line on electric rates for the next four years but would need a slight increase in 2025, according to a presentation given Tuesday to the utility's board.

JEA workers digging into the ground outside a home, replacing pipes
Peter Haden / WJCT News

Amidst a city phase-out, Jacksonville residents still have approximately 65,000 septic tanks and 35,000 private wells on their properties.

While around 42,000 of the septic tank systems are working well, Hai Vu, the interim GM of JEA’s water and wastewater systems, told a City Council committee Monday that the other third of the septic tanks need to be replaced to prevent leakage and groundwater contamination. 

JEA has pinpointed 35 areas of the city where septic systems should be replaced, according to Vu. 

“These are the top priority areas,” Vu said. 

screenshot of the video shows hands on a laptop keyboard
JEA

JEA continues to warn customers about con artists who are calling with fake immediate-disconnection threats to try to trick them into giving out their personal information.

Jacksonville City Council's Probe Of JEA Sales Attempt Faces Executive Privilege Claims

Aug 21, 2020
JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The city of Jacksonville's chief administrative officer recently invoked a claim of executive privilege when a City Council investigative committee's attorney asked him to recount conversations with Mayor Lenny Curry, bringing to City Hall a claim more often found in conflicts between the White House and Congress.

Judge Rules NextEra Energy Bid Amount For JEA Is Public Record

Aug 11, 2020
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

The dollar amount of NextEra Energy's bid to buy JEA last year is public record and must be released, a judge ruled Monday.

WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reports the case has statewide ramifications over whether companies can prevent disclosure of their bid amounts under the state's Government in the Sunshine law.

ALVIN WARD / VOGTLE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

JEA has ended its attempt to get out of a deal it made to buy electricity from a Georgia nuclear power plant that has seen billions of dollars in cost overruns.

Outside of JEA building. Part of the sky is shielded by the building.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

JEA is still on the hook for millions of dollars to 23 different vendors that provided services during the now-infamous inquiry into its failed privatization attempt. 

Electric power transmission lines
Penn State

A nonprofit advocacy organization is calling on state utility regulators to solicit public input before rewriting Florida’s energy efficiency rules.

JEA Fires 9 Former Leadership Team Members Without Cause

Jul 14, 2020
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Nine former members of JEA’s senior leadership team who served under former CEO Aaron Zahn have been fired without cause.

Gerry Broome / Associated Press file photo

JEA says disconnections will start Friday, July 10, for potentially thousands of customers who have fallen significantly behind in their payments and have not contacted the utility to work out a payment plan.

JEA's Downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

People facing eviction can’t be tossed out of their homes until August 1 thanks to a statewide moratorium on evictions. But JEA customers who are behind on their bills could see their electricity and water turned-off starting Thursday, July 9.

Developer Pays $2.6M For JEA HQ Site; Groundbreaking Set For September

Jul 1, 2020
Rendering of JEA's new headquarters.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Minneapolis-based developer closed on 1.5 acres to build JEA’s next corporate headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.

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