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Don't confuse solar energy debate

Written by  Tamp Bay Times + more

Posted August 10, 2015, 1:05pm
Energy / Solar + Florida Politics
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Editorial: Don't confuse solar energy debate

Tampa Bay Times Editorial, August 10, 2015

The dueling proposed amendments on solar power in Florida reflect why the state Constitution is the wrong place to resolve policy issues best addressed by the Legislature. While Florida needs to make greater use of solar, competing amendments would only confuse voters and businesses and delay the day when solar becomes a bigger part of the Sunshine State's energy mix. The first proposed amendment is a genuine attempt to address an issue the Legislature has failed to resolve, but the second one is an underhanded attempt to confuse voters.

Floridians for Solar Choice is backing the first constitutional amendment on solar energy that could be on the 2016 ballot, which would allow homeowners and businesses to sell up to 2 megawatts of solar power to anyone on the same or contiguous property. It's a bid to jump-start the sale of rooftop solar systems by removing the state from having any control over the rates, service or territory of small-scale producers. Under existing law, these operations fall under the regulation of the state's Public Service Commission, and state legislators have refused to allow these entities to carve away a greater share of the market from the utility monopolies. …



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