The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved motions which blocked a rooftop solar advocacy group from participating in the PSC hearings.The request for dismissal was made jointly by Florida’s investor owned utilities. The upcoming PSC hearing main topic of concern is the extension and modification of the existing energy efficiency rebate programs that are part of the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA). This includes the 5 Year Solar Pilot program.
Many of the investor owned utilities have not communicated their support for the extension of the solar pilot program. However, In April of 2014, Florida Power and Light (FPL) filed motions to the PSC against an extension of the rooftop solar in return for the support of a utility owned program in which ratepayers voluntarily donate money.
The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a well funded solar advocacy group, attempted to defend and campaign for the rooftop solar energy industry by filing a petition to intervene in the PSC hearings. The group is comprised primarily of large national solar energy companies, who see Florida as the next great solar market, some of which have offices in state of Florida. Outside of being known for their size and funding, the group is known for backing policies which are beneficial to all solar companies. One policy the group provides is giving utility customers the right to choose solar without overbearing restrictions.
While Florida investor owned utilities have been successful at keeping the rooftop solar advocates out of the hearing, they have found no objections from other non-solar groups. Groups such as Walmart, The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and The Sierra Club have intervened. Duke originally objected to the Sierra Club’s intervention however they were allowed by order of the PSC to intervene.
Below are a number of publications that have reported on the subject.
Read all the PSC Docket Items here: Florida PSC Docket 130199