Voting for solar in Florida has never been more important… or easier!

How do we make solar energy a priority in the Sunshine State? It starts by boosting voter turnout in this year’s August and November elections among all Floridians who want to build a clean energy, sustainable energy future. The Florida August Primary Election is right around the corner and Amendment 4, a proposal to remove taxes on solar power, is on the ballot. To sign up to vote by mail, visit FloridaSolarVoter.com

As Utilities Embrace Clean Energy, Southeast Needs Smart Policies to Promote Local Renewables Growth

Even utilities in our notoriously coal-dependent Southeast are getting in on the action. Duke Energy, one of the two biggest utilities in our region, in late April announced plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to 8,000 megawatts by 2020, up by one-third over previous targets. “We’re finding that it’s competitive” on a cost basis, Duke Energy company spokesman Randy Wheeless has said of renewables. “It makes good business sense.” The Atlanta-based Southern Company, parent company of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power, intends to exceed its previously announced renewables totals for 2017 and 2018 and just bought a North Carolina company, PowerSecure, that focuses on distributed generation—smaller-scale local power often provided by renewable sources—along with energy efficiency. NextEra Energy, based in Juno, Florida and the parent of that state’s largest utility, Florida Power & Light (FPL), is a national leader in wind power development. “We continue to believe that the fundamentals for the North American renewables business have never been stronger,” NextEra Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO John Ketchum said on an April 28th earnings call.

Swamp Head Brewery Earns Green Spirit Award for Dedication to a Sustainable Florida

Swamp Head is based in Gainesville, Florida and takes its state roots seriously, calling themselves “Inherently Floridian”. They take a lot of pride in the Sunshine State and are devoted to its sunny future- their sustainability efforts have earned them a Green Spirit Award!

FL, GA, and AL Failing to Properly Regulate Coal Ash

Environmental regulators in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have so far failed to strengthen state policies to at least match EPA’s federal minimum standards for coal ash handling and storage.

Amendment 4 on August’s Ballot Seeks to Lower Solar Energy Costs in Sunshine State

Want to know the best-kept secret in Florida about one of the biggest barriers holding back meaningful solar development? It’s not the lack of sunshine – Florida has best solar resource east of the Mississippi. So, what is it you ask? Taxes – really burdensome taxes whose impact drives up the cost of solar power. [...]

Big Errors in Measuring Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

What’s the single largest source of CO2 emissions in the Southeast? A 10 million ton data discrepancy! What? Huh? Why is a data discrepancy a blog? (UPDATE: Please see responses to reader suggestions at at the end, as well as in the comments.) President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will eventually regulate the emission of carbon [...]

Cities, Counties and Major Tech Companies Join in Support for Clean Power Plan

Last week, more than 50 state and county governments, representing 28 states, along with global tech leaders like Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, joined the list of groups filing briefs in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

As reported in a previous blog, our nation’s best hope at reigning in dangerous carbon pollution from our energy sector was put on pause when the Supreme Court made a recent, unprecedented ruling. This speed bump, however, has not caused supporters of the Clean Power Plan to abandon ship. Instead, advocate groups, major companies and city and county governments have joined the legal battle to help bolster EPA as it fights industry and coal dependent states in the courts.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Mismanagement: The Solution to Pollution is NOT Dilution

Today, as expected, the Governor and his Cabinet unanimously approved the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) plan to add more water to the cooling canal system at Turkey Point, operated by Florida Power and Light (FPL). (See Siting Board agenda here, Item 2.) By approving the modification of the Power Plant Siting Act, it effectively allows FPL to legally add more water to continue the purging of pollution into the surrounding area. This is an unlined, antiquated cooling system on top of porous limestone on the shores of Biscayne National Park.

What Presidential Candidates Said About Climate Change in the Florida Debates This Week

The hosts of this week’s presidential debates in Miami did a service to the people of Florida by listening to the call of the 21 Florida mayors who requested the moderators to ask the candidates how they would respond to climate change and sea level rise. In the Democratic debate on Wednesday night, Bernie Sanders [...]

Florida Communities Want to Talk Climate in the Presidential Debates

Sea level rise is contributing to increasingly costly flooding and the contamination of drinking water supplies with salt water for communities along the East Coast, but nowhere are these impacts of global warming more pronounced than in South Florida. To avoid the worst impacts for millions of Americans, the next presidential administration will need to double down on responding climate change, which is why the mayors of 21 Florida cities, led by Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, have asked the TV networks hosting Republican and Democratic presidential debates this week (CNN, The Washington Post, Univision) to ask the candidates about climate change.