Energy advocates criticize FPL conservation proposal before regulators

By Bruce Ritchie | 06/07/2024 06:28 AM EDT

The Florida utility described itself as an industry leader in energy conservation and said its typical electricity bills are 32 percent lower than the national average.

Power lines are seen in Pownal, Maine.

Energy advocates argue Florida utility customers need more energy conservation programs to offset higher bills to pay for summer air conditioning. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Energy justice groups told the Public Service Commission on Wednesday that Florida Power & Light Co. should drastically expand its energy conservation programs beyond a pending proposal for the next 10 years.

The details: MacKenzie D. Marcelin of the group Florida Rising filed testimony in the energy conservation cases of six utilities regulated by the PSC. The filing by the Earthjustice law firm begins laying out the intervenor cases against utility proposals.

Marcelin, the group’s climate justice director, proposed doubling or tripling the energy conservation goals of Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest utility with 5.8 million customers. She praised Duke Energy Florida for having more aggressive conservation goals.


“FPL is the largest and wealthiest utility in the State, and serving most Floridians, it should set the example to other utilities for good energy efficiency goals,” Marcelin stated.