It is clear that policy makers and elected leaders are starting to pay closer attention to some of the energy-water issues impacting Florida. Finally, there are some efforts underway on several fronts to protect water quality, ensure better water quantity conditions in the dry season as well as moves toward a less water-intensive, renewable energy future in Florida.
n honor of Black History Month, SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting the efforts of African American leaders that have played key roles in clean energy in the Southeast.The third post in the series interviews Bishop Carroll Johnson of Orlando Florida.
Below is a guest column from Grant Miller with Miami’s Community Newspapers. His column originally ran on February 6, 2017 and can be found here. We Pay for FPL’s Mess In case you haven’t heard, Japan’s Toshiba is in financial free-fall and is pulling its subsidiary Westinghouse out of the nuclear construction business due to [...]
In 2016, Floridians for Solar Choice, a coalition that SACE is a founding member of, made history with two major solar victories. First, Florida voters overwhelming approved pro-solar Amendment 4 during the 2016 August primary, which will remove a property tax on solar installations. In November, the coalition defeated anti-solar Amendment 1, a deceptive ballot amendment created and funded by the monopoly utilities. Despite being severely underfunded and understaffed, the Solar Choice campaign went toe to toe against a $26 million utility-backed campaign and won! The major key to success? People Power! The Solar Choice coalition is composed of thousands of dedicated volunteers from the Panhandle all the way down to the Keys that were willing to go above and beyond to educate Florida voters. While we can’t feature the entire solar army of volunteers, below are 10 superstar volunteers behind these Florida solar victories…
About every four years, Florida’s biggest power companies come to the Florida Public Service Commission asking for a rate hike. We’ve come to expect it. However, Gulf Power’s current proposed rate hike has a completely unexpected element to it – and customers should be very concerned. What’s going on? Gulf Power, the utility for Northwest [...]
Solar supporters in Florida scored a major victory this November by defeating utility-backed Amendment 1. The ballot initiative would have paved the way for Florida utilities to dismantle net metering for solar customers. This would have severely stunted the state’s distributed roof top solar market.
With just two weeks left in office, President Obama added a major piece to his environmental legacy by denying pending permits for seismic exploration for offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic. This announcement was the culmination of a years-long fight by SACE and many coastal residents and businesses to protect the coastal economy and way of life from the impacts of offshore drilling.
Christmas may be 25 days away, but it came early for the state’s biggest power company, Florida Power and Light (FPL). The monopoly utility just got the top item on their wish list – a massive rate hike, which will raise profits substantially, after already raking in over $1.6 billion in profit last year.
With the defeat of the utility-sponsored anti-solar Amendment 1 in Florida, we are wondering what the utilities’ next step will be. Will they engage with stakeholders to put more sun into the Sunshine State? If they don’t – we can expect more scapegoating of rooftop solar. The technical foundation was recently laid out in a [...]
With the spirit of Halloween on our minds, we just had to blog about the tricky, utility-backed Amendment 1 on the ballot in Florida. Over the past few months, over 185 organizations, local businesses, and elected officials have banded together to fight this “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” There has also been 27 newspaper editorials, shining the light on this misleading, power grab from Florida’s big monopoly utilities, who do not want their captive ratepayers to go solar.