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SACE Applauds Florida Power and Light’s Proposal to Expand Solar in Florida

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Proposal is step in the right direction to include solar as part of the solution

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

Tampa, Fla. – Today, Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced plans to install 225 megawatts of new, utility-scale solar power at three additional sites in Florida.

In response to today’s announcement, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy made this statement:

“The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) applauds today’s announcement from Florida Power & Light (FPL) to increase solar energy capacity as an important energy resource for the state of Florida. SACE recognizes that utility-scale solar is an important part of a robust and strong solar market, which can bring tremendous value to ratepayers. When coupled with smart investments at both the commercial and residential scale, utility solar projects form the third leg of a vibrant solar market that is greatly needed in the Sunshine State.

SACE disagrees with FPL’s assessment that large-scale installations are ‘generally not yet cost effective in FPL’s service area,’ particularly as utility-scale solar has proven to be cost effective in other states and utility territories. Unfortunately FPL has not made any of its competitive bids for solar projects public, so it is impossible to know why FPL is making this claim. We welcome more transparency in this round of solar projects and believe competitive bids would bring the most cost-effective solar to Florida ratepayers.

We look forward to working with FPL and other utilities in the state of Florida to continue to develop the tremendous solar potential that the Sunshine State has to offer.”

Additional Thoughts on FPL’s Statement:

“We also applaud FPL’s positive comments about the Clean Power Plan. We, too, agree that good utility planning will lead to successful compliance with the Administration’s efforts to reduce carbon pollution. Although we support many of the steps that FPL has taken to reduce emissions, it is notable that energy efficiency remains missing from FPL’s comments in support of the compliance plan.

And while we continue to disagree with FPL that ratepayers should shoulder the costs of early-cost recovery for nuclear plant construction, we note that the estimated planned commercial operation dates for the considerably over-budget Turkey Point Units 6 and 7 have yet again slipped to 2027 and 2028, more than a decade later than what was originally proposed.””

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Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergy.org