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

The Solar Uprising Begins

Floridians stood up for solar in a major way at last Thursday’s Solar Uprising Rally in Tallahassee, FL.  With over 300 people in attendance, loudly calling for the state to adopt policies that support solar power in the Sunshine State, we made quite an impression.  Now, it remains to be seen whether Florida legislators will [...]

Floridians Stand Up for Solar Today at the State Capitol

Hundreds of Floridians – including a former governor, college students, solar industry developers, faith leaders, clean energy advocates and more – converged on Florida’s State Capitol in Tallahassee for a #SolarUprising Rally to demand that elected leaders act to unlock solar power development in Florida. As we’ve noted in recent blogs, Florida has the best solar potential east [...]

No Solar, The Buck Stops Here

I’m not going to mince words here – the political process in Tallahassee is “utterly broken” and corrupt. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the buck stops at the top, and that is with Governor Rick Scott. In a critical election year with control of the Governor’s seat in play, you can be [...]

Miami Tackles Sea Level Rise in Absence of State Leadership

In recent blogs, I expressed my surprise and disappointment in our lack of state-wide clean energy policy solutions in Florida to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Since then I have been fortunate to attend some amazing meetings hosted by the Sea Level Rise Task Force of Miami Dade County. The seven-member panel, made up [...]

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 [...]

NRC May I? An explanation of the nuclear safety implications of 10 CFR 50.59 and its relevance to St. Lucie Unit 2

This blog post by Dave Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Project with the Union of Concerned Scientists, originally ran on March 4, 2014 in their All Things Nuclear: Insights on Science and Security blog as part of their ongoing Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit (NEAT) series. Find the original post here. Mr. Lochbaum’s blog is [...]

New Southeast EPA Administrator Faces Challenges Ahead

In the first month of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency appointed Heather McTeer Toney as the new Region 4 Administrator. The former Regional Administrator, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, left to become chief of staff for EPA’s new chief administrator Gina McCarthy. Mrs. Toney, a private-sector attorney by trade, served as the first woman and first African-American mayor [...]

Puerto Rico Leaves Florida in its Wake on Clean Energy Policy

In a recent blog Florida Could Learn About Clean Energy Solutions from Puerto Rico, I shared my journey in searching for Florida’s clean energy policy. As a young political scientist, I began this journey determined to discover clean energy solutions in Florida that could secure the energy future for both Florida and my birthplace of Puerto Rico. [...]

FPL is running an experimental reactor in a weak regulatory environment

SACE High Risk Energy Choices Program Director, Sara Barczak, contributed to this post. Recently across the Southeastern United States, we have witnessed and experienced what happens when cavalier energy companies team up with weak government regulators. From the Dan River Duke coal ash spill in North Carolina to Freedom Industry’s chemical spill to process coal [...]