The Florida Supreme Court recently affirmed a ruling by the Florida Public Service Commission granting Gulf Power Company the exclusive right to provide electric service to a proposed 170-acre mixed use development within the City of Crestview, Florida. Gulf Power’s right to serve the development was challenged by a neighboring utility provider which claimed that it could serve the development more reliably and at a lower cost than Gulf Power.
The Supreme Court found that the Florida Public Service Commission was correct in awarding Gulf Power the right to serve the development. This decision marks the first time in over a decade that the Florida Supreme Court has resolved a utility territorial dispute. In addition to representing a significant victory for Gulf Power, the Court’s opinion provides valuable guidance concerning Florida’s territorial laws to utilities across the State of Florida.
The Court’s full opinion can be found here.
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