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Monopoly Utility Seeks Ratepayer Dollars to Weaken Clean Water Protections

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Florida’s Public Service Commission Should Reject Florida Power & Light’s Request

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, 865-235-1448 or jennifer@cleanenergy.org

 

Tallahassee, Fla. – In its most outrageous move to date, Florida’s largest monopoly utility, Florida Power & Light (FPL) is arrogantly seeking a rubber stamp from the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) in a bid to use ratepayer dollars to weaken clean water protections in Florida. This action is simply wrong, and compliant though the PSC is, they must vote against this unprecedented use of monopoly utility power.

As we helped identify in Integrity Florida’s Power Play report last spring, monopoly utilities throughout Florida continue exercising their “pay to play” political power among policy makers in Tallahassee, a move that is condoned from the top all the way down.

“We are outraged about what’s happening in Tallahassee. It shows how bad the system has gotten when a big, monopoly utility, like Florida Power & Light, has the audacity to ask the Public Service Commission to use customer’s money to weaken clean water protections,” says Susan Glickman, Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “If the public was being represented, the regulators would not allow the building binge for new power plants to continue while monopoly utilities propose to kill energy conservation programs.”

“For the last decade, loopholes in the Clean Water Act have caused confusion about which streams and wetlands are protected from pollution and destruction,” said Kathy Aterno, Florida Director of Clean Water Action. “Florida’s tourism-based economy depends on healthy streams and wetlands. FPL should not use ratepayers’ money to lobby against what is in the best interests of Florida’s economy and the water supply of millions of Floridians.”

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