Malena Carollo, Utilities, Consumer Issues, Technology, Insurance and Nonprofits Reporter

Malena Carollo

Utilities, Consumer Issues, Technology, Insurance and Nonprofits Reporter

I’m a digger who covers utilities, consumer issues and insurance. My passion is watchdog reporting, and I want to know what’s going on in your part of Tampa Bay. Hidden fees on your bills? A company taking advantage of customers? Something that just doesn’t sit right with you? I’m all ears. What should I have my eye on? Reach me by email ([email protected]) or phone (727-892-2249). Want to talk more securely? Text or call me on Signal at (813) 591-0688. I earned my master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where I studied investigative and data reporting. Before working at the Tampa Bay Times, I covered cybersecurity for the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode section.

Utilities face ongoing challenges to secure the grid

Scott Crellin, a trouble man for Duke Energy, top, cuts tree limbs from a power line along Pinellas Avenue Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Tarpon Springs. [CHRIS URSO |  Times files]
The North American Electric Reliability Corp., a nonprofit tasked with enforcing grid protection compliance, fined an unnamed utility $10 million — its largest ever penalty — in late...

Former Rowdies owner Bill Edwards sues longtime friend and employee

Bill Edwards takes questions from reporters after a news conference to announce that the Tampa Bay Rays were buying the Rowdies. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2018)]
Former Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards is suing his longtime friend and employee Joseph Jimenez for allegedly using his position within Edwards' companies to secretly feeding developers with info

Buying a car? Consider a used version for a price break

TP_356784_SANT_STORM_Luis Santana  |   Times(7/10/2012,Tampa, FL) Part of the roof of the Courtesy Jeep and Hummer car dealership on US. 301 and Adamo Drive in Tampa was damaged by a severe thunderstorm. [Luis Santana | Times]
According to automotive search engine iSeeCars.com, in Tampa Bay, certain "lightly used" models could bring as much as 36 percent savings.

They're fluffy. They're hungry. They work for Tampa Electric

Sheep are seen in this image taken from video courtesy of Tampa Electric Co. TECO has rented sheep to help keep the grass at all of its solar installations trimmed. Courtesy of Tampa Electric Co.
The utility is renting several flocks of sheep to manage vegetation growth around its solar arrays.

Sierra Club starts campaign against Tampa Electric's Big Bend updates

The Sierra Club, an environmental group, launched a campaign Monday to urge Tampa Electric Co. to abandon its plans for more natural gas at Big Bend Power Station. Pictured is Big Bend in 2017.  [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times (2017)]
The environmental advocacy group urged the utility to be more transparent with the public about its plans for converting its Apollo Beach facility to natural gas.