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6.13.2011

FAIL: FL LEGISLATOR'S GRADE ON SOLAR THIS SESSION


From Recharge News comes the dismal report of our Florida Legislature and their inaction over a group of bills that would have promoted development of biomass, solar and other clean sources for commercial, residential and utility-scale power.

For the third year in a row Legislators have failed to address climate change and revise the state’s carbon-heavy energy portfolio. In addition, Governor Rick Scott says he wants to abolish the Florida Energy & Climate Commission (FECC), which coordinates energy and climate change policy among state agencies.

What did not pass were bills in the House and Senate that would have allowed the state’s four big utilities to raise electric rates by hundreds of millions of dollars through 2016 to cover the cost of developing renewable energy.

Also, Florida Power & Light Company (Juno Beach, Florida) was recognized by the Solar Electric Power Association as the utility with the second-most solar capacity added in 2010.  

The report goes on to say that natural gas generates about 40% of Florida’s power, coal 13%, nuclear 12% and oil 7%, with imported electricity covering most of the balance.

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