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GRU “pauses” proposed deal with Florida Power & Light

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Ed Bielarski sent an email to city commissioners last night, stating that “I have decided to place a pause on the process related to the Network Services Agreement.”

Here is the text of Bielarski’s email:

“Mayor, Commissioners and UAB members,

“After continuing discussions with representatives of FPL and with an abundance of caution, I have decided to place a pause on the process related to the Network Services Agreement (NSA). I am doing this in the best interest of the utility and its customers.

“The plan we brought before the City Commission, even if it had been approved that day was contingent on further due diligence and executing an arrangement that would ensure GRU would not incur any costs other than those we had presented. My discussions with FPL today have led me to believe they may not be able to meet that contingency.

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“As a result of this pause, I will not be conducting a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan 28, or bringing the agreement before the Commission on Feb.6. I will continue to update you on any new developments related to the NSA.”

  • What? Ask to vote on it at last meeting… So sure it would work and haven’t even flushed it out good. Not credible. Next.

  • Paused? After he asked the elected council to vote to approve it 2 weeks ago? That’s real good planning for a 30 year deal, couldn’t have been flushed out too good. They should just charge us for it anyway I guess.

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