The regulators who watch over the energy industry in Florida must think wasting energy, higher bills and dirtier air is a good thing.
Today our electric bills are rising for all the wrong reasons: dirty coal-burning plants and risky nukes and gas plants. This is not because we lack better alternatives. This is because the big power companies are investing in energy efficiency and solar power at levels far below the national average and have too much influence with the Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC).
This year, the PSC will decide for the next ten years how much energy Florida’s big power companies will save, and how much solar power they will offer their customers.
Energy efficiency is the most affordable and least risky way to meet Florida’s energy needs. By using less energy and using energy more efficiently, we could literally avoid the need for expensive, new power plants. Oh, and the side benefit of protecting clean air, clean water and limiting climate-disrupting carbon pollution at the same time.
All Floridians have a stake in the commission’s decision. Better buildings, appliances, light-bulbs, solar rooftops and water hearing systems can all help save energy (and money!) while reducing pollution.
As simple as this is, the PSC thinks you don’t get it. They refuse to hear from the public at its “public” hearing on energy savings. But you know the big utilities will be there, watching out for their bottom line.
We know what happens when Florida’s regulators only listen to big power companies like Duke Energy. Let’s deliver a message loud and clear that we support clean energy and solar in the Sunshine State.