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.
Update: Since Laura’s blog post below, the Palm Beach Post’s Susan Salisbury reported on the concerns with FPL’s flawed clean-up plan in her “Protecting Your Pocketbook” blog/column. Find it here. Last week Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Tropical Audubon Society filed an amended complaint to the Clean Water Act challenge filed this past July [...]
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) not only identifies problems, but is also committed to advocating for solutions. One of the most significant water quality problems in the Southeast is the ongoing pollution at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) Turkey Point cooling canal system. This open industrial sewer appears to be in direct conflict with FPL’s corporate environmental stewardship goals. And a slick PR campaign can’t cover up evidence that this system is failing and needs to be fixed.
You would think that $1.65 billion dollars would be enough profit for Florida Power and Light (FPL) – Florida’s biggest power company. Yet, it recently proposed a 24% rate hike on customers that includes a request for an additional $240 million dollars in pure profit. A series of public hearings on the FPL rate hike recently concluded in south Florida – and sparks flew.
This opinion-editorial was written by TOMÁS REGALADO (Mayor of Miami); CINDY LERNER (Mayor of Pinecrest); PHILIP STODDARD (Mayor of South Miami); and JOSÉ JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ (the State Representative of District 112) and was originally published here in the Miami Herald on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Florida Power & Light argues that its new nuclear project [...]
This blog was written by Samantha Knapp with the National Parks Conservation Association. This summer, an Administrative Law Judge will decide whether to let Florida Power & Light (FPL) run power lines through our neighborhoods and Everglades National Park to bring electricity to counties north of us as part of their proposed Turkey Point Expansion. [...]
Another year is almost over and the southeast region of Florida seems to be another year wiser when it comes to planning for climate change. The 4th annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held in Jupiter, Florida, December 6 – 7 and by all accounts the region’s local governments are showing wisdom in [...]
This is a guest post from Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, climate scientist at Union of Concerned Scientists. This post was originally published on the UCS blog, The Equation, on August 31, 2012. Local sea level rise has increased so much since the Key West Airport was built, that during the “Super Moon” super high tide in [...]
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, hosted by Monroe County—the county of the Florida Keys. The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s Climate Action Plan, which is the written formal response of Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, [...]