This week, Senator José Javier Rodríguez filed a series of energy-related bills aimed at protecting the environment and protecting consumers’ pocket books.
- SB 456, allowing property owners to generate and distribute solar energy to residents and tenants on their own property. The bill is supported by a broad range of groups including business groups, agricultural interests, and consumer advocates.
- SB 974, if passed, would create a mechanism to prevent utilities from passing on to customers the cost of remediating environmental damage the utility caused, offered in response to the water contamination issues at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant in Miami-Dade County.
- SB 976, if passed, would create a progressive rate schedule for utilities customers by requiring utilities to charge residential customers a 25% lower rate for the first 500 kWh consumed, benefitting low-income and fixed-income residents.
- SB 1100, if passed, would repeal advanced nuclear cost recovery in Florida, dubbed the “nuclear tax” since it allow utilities to charge for nuclear power plants that may never be built.
Senator Rodriguez said:
“Consumers in Florida continue to subsidize an outdated energy system in Florida that stifles innovation, shuts out competition and hurts our environment — the bills I have filed will address those issues while giving consumers a much-needed break.”