Fla. Mayors Oppose PSC “Cost Recovery” Bailout

Guest Blog | October 18, 2011 | Press Releases

Miami, Fla. — Ahead of a vote by the Florida Public Service Commission on October 24, the mayors of South Miami and Pinecrest will speak out at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2011 against the current cost recovery scenario for nuclear power, which requires hundreds of millions of dollars in higher utility bills for Florida ratepayers in order to foot the bill for proposed new nuclear reactors that may never be built.

The cities of South Miami, Pinecrest, and Biscayne Park – along with the Miami-Dade League of Cities – have passed resolutions opposing the early cost recovery law. The two mayors also will encourage Floridians who oppose paying up front for uncertain nuclear projects to speak out to the PSC through an online campaign.

News event speakers will be:

• Dr. Phillip Stoddard, mayor of South Miami, FL;

• Cindy Lerner, mayor of Pinecrest, FL;

• Jamie Whitlock, legal counsel, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and an attorney with Gary A. Davis & Associates; and

• Dr. Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, who has submitted expert testimony to the Florida PSC on the cost recovery issue. TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-based Florida news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 11:30 a.m. EDT on October 20, 2011 by dialing 1 (877) 270-2148. Ask for the “Opposition to Florida nuclear cost recovery” telenews event. CAN’T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the Florida news event will be available on the Web at as of 5 p.m. EDT on October 20, 2011. # # # 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.