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. 

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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.

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.


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

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.

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.

The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, GA.
Branden Camp / Associated Press

The JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a transaction on Friday that will lead to the closure of one unit at the coal-fired Scherer power plant in Georgia, which is one of the single largest point sources of carbon emissions in the country. 

JEA Loses Plant Vogtle Nucelar Power Plant Lawsuit

Jun 19, 2020

JEA’s long-shot quest to cancel a costly agreement for buying power from the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant fizzled out Wednesday when a judge ruled against JEA and said the contract is valid.

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

The Jacksonville City Council is filing legislation to help JEA customers who are at risk of utility disconnections.

DDR Board Signs Off On Smaller Downtown Jacksonville JEA Headquarters

Jun 15, 2020
This drawing shows the west elevation of the smaller JEA headquarters design.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

In a special meeting May 21, the JEA board unanimously approved plans for a six-story headquarters with 153,000 rentable square feet, and amended a lease agreement with Ryan to reduce the utility’s gross rent cost by $27 million over 15 years and lower construction costs by $10 million to $14 million.

JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.

After an announcement that JEA would resume utility shutoffs in a month, Jacksonville City Council Member Garrett Dennis led a meeting Tuesday to discuss options for customers at risk of disconnection.

JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters building is pictured.

Eight members of JEA’s senior leadership team are being fired. The question now is whether they’ll be eligible for the severance packages included in their contracts.

JEA Sues Zahn, Says Ousted CEO Has No Grounds To Receive Nearly $1M

Jun 5, 2020

JEA filed a lawsuit Friday against ousted CEO Aaron Zahn, contending Zahn has no grounds to ask an arbitrator to award him nearly $1 million from his tenure.

Mayor Curry alongside a sign language interpreter, speaking into a mic on a glass podium, trees and glass in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

In his first in-person news conference in two months, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced the dates for the reopening of Duval County libraries and city buildings.