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Florida Power & Light Continues to Overbuild

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Greed, Not Need Driving Need Determination Process

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE, 865.235.1448, jennifer@cleanenergy.org

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 1, 2015) — The Florida Pubic Service Commission (PSC) is holding a hearing today on the need for Florida Power & Light to build an additional power plant in Okeechobee County. The Company proposes to build a 1,600 MW natural gas-fueled power plant to be in-service by 2019. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), along with other parties, have intervened in the proceeding to implore the Commission to conduct a meaningful review of the current antiquated assumptions that Florida power companies need this much excess power. The Commission has refused to directly consider the issue.

SACE is also advocating for lower cost, lower risk resources in meeting FPL’s projections for future power needs, such as helping customers reduce energy use and save money on bills through energy efficiency programs. The Commission is expected to render a final decision on January 5, 2016.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s executive director, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, issued this statement in advance of today’s hearing:

“Florida Power & Light has no interest in helping its customers save money on bills through energy efficiency, or providing them solar choice. Its goal is to keep its customers addicted to its product in order to generate returns for shareholders. The Public Service Commission is likewise failing customers by refusing to review the antiquated standard for how much excess generation is required by Florida’s power companies. This lack of responsible planning by the Commission leads to unnecessary costs shouldered entirely by customers. The manipulative overbuilding is happening because the Commission is not asking the right questions, like Commissions do in other states, and because FPL would rather build power plants that enrich its shareholders instead of investing in lower-cost, lower-risk solutions like meaningful energy efficiency programs. Instead, with Commission approval, FPL has recently gutted the efficiency programs it developed for customers. The Commission must stop rubber-stamping every FPL request. The Commission should deny this power plant need determination until it conducts a proper assessment first on whether the power companies actually need this much excess power.”

 

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