Public Shut Out of FPL Rate Increase Deal

The Florida Supreme Court ruled today that a deal struck between industrial users and the states biggest power company, FPL, and approved by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), could move forward. The deal was approved by the PSC in 2012 over the strenuous objection of the Office of Public Council (OPC) – the state office [...]

FPL a Leader on Solar Energy?

In a recent blog post, I questioned FPL’s leadership on solar power and the scale and design of a recently announced voluntary “community-based” solar program. In a response letter, the Company took offense to the blog – calling it misleading. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Company’s responses to the blog and come [...]

Governor Scott, What’s Your Plan?

There has been a lot of attention paid to climate change impacts to Florida in the past month, including the record rain storms that resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency in dozens of panhandle counties, Senator Bill Nelson’s special climate hearing in Miami, and of course the just-released National Climate Assessment, which [...]

FPL’s Solar Plan: It’s a Joke, But It’s Not Funny

I live and work in south Florida and have been a clean energy advocate for well over a decade. During that time, Florida’s families and businesses have overwhelmingly supported more solar power in Florida’s energy mix. Yet, the Sunshine State’s elected leaders and biggest power companies have failed to deliver on the desire for more [...]

Florida’s Big Power Companies: Influence or Coincidence?

A report released today by a non-profit watchdog group, Integrity Florida, concludes that hefty political contributions by the state’s biggest power companies and their army of lobbyists have helped advance the interest of the companies’ shareholders to the detriment of customers. The report finds that the power companies have contributed more than $18 million to [...]

Broward County Calls on Florida PSC to Set Meaningful Efficiency Goals

We’ve always known that energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest, and cleanest way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. Now, one of Florida’s largest counties is asking the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to set meaningful energy efficiency goals for Florida Power and Light (FPL) to help the county meet its GHG pollution reduction targets. [...]

Florida residential solar market gets a little sunnier

Installing a solar energy system on a home in Florida may soon be less of a financial headache for residential property owners. That’s because the Florida legislature recently passed House bill 277. It exempts the value of renewable energy devices from the assessed value of new and existing residential property. The bill awaits the governor’s [...]