In a rare rebuff to Florida’s monopoly utilities, the Public Service Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to reject a call for eliminating the 30-year program that encourages utility customers to save energy.
One of the commission’s longest serving members, Tampa attorney Julie I. Brown, persuaded her colleagues to keep the energy efficiency program, which requires monopoly utilities to meet energy conservation goals by offering savings programs to customers and, instead of replacing it, ask the Florida Legislature to review what she considers an outdated law.
The proposal by the utilities “is a drastic reduction in our state in conservation efforts, and I frankly do not believe it’s what the customers want,’’ Brown said. “I don’t believe it’s in the public interest.”
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