Activists request hearing on Florida renewable energy rule repeal

By Bruce Ritchie | 06/14/2024 06:57 AM EDT

The Florida department called the hearing in response to a request by Our Children’s Trust.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Thursday that it will hold a June 20 public hearing on its proposal to repeal a 2022 renewable energy rule.

The details: FDACS announced the hearing in response to a request by Our Children’s Trust, a nonprofit climate law group based in Oregon. The group in 2022 requested the rule requiring utilities to produce 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2050, which the department ultimately approved.

The department on May 10 proposed repealing the rule, saying it no longer was necessary after the Legislature passed a bill eliminating climate change goals in state law.


Our Children’s Trust, which represented 200 young Floridians in 2022, said Wednesday in its hearing request that as far as the rule no longer being needed, “Nothing could be further from the truth.”