Why are Florida’s big utilities companies backing amendment 1 for solar energy choice?

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Solar photovoltaic panel. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News. August 2009.

By Rob Lorei

On Radioactivity Thursday we look at Amendment 1, also known as “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice”, that is being back by 4 large for-profit utility companies: Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power. Why would these utility companies, who mostly make their money off of coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy, back an initiative that is for solar energy choice? To answer that question we had Dr. Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Deirdre Macnab, Former President of the Florida League of Women Voters on Thursday’s show. They explain how the amendment might punish Florida residents who choose to use solar energy in their homes and businesses rather then pull from the power grid.  More information on the opposition on Amendment 1 can be found at  www.VoteNoOn1.org ,at www.flsolarchoice.org, and at www.flsun.org/.

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