All posts by Alissa Jean Schafer

Alissa Jean Schafer is a research and communications specialist at the Energy and Policy Institute.

Crist v. DeSantis for Florida Gov

Records Show Senior Florida Power & Light Execs Closely Connected to Election Scandals

In the midst of Florida Power & Light’s push to dismantle a key rooftop solar policy in the state, new documents reveal that senior executives at the utility are closely...

/ December 6, 2021

NextEra spent $20 million to “ban” clean energy transmission project in Maine

Voters in Maine approved “Question 1” on the November ballot, in an effort to ban a 145 mile transmission line needed to carry hydropower from Quebec to help meet Massachusetts’...

/ November 3, 2021
FPL Natural Gas

NextEra, Florida utilities closely aligned with election fraud suspect Frank Artiles

Artiles’ close relationship with NextEra Energy and Florida Power & Light included NASCAR perks, campaign contributions

/ March 26, 2021

Orlando utility could vote today on new “net zero” plan amid concerns over continued fossil fuel use and low energy efficiency goals

Update: The OUC Board voted unanimously to approve the EIRP in its current form at its meeting on December 8. The Orlando Utilities Commission is set to discuss and potentially...

/ December 8, 2020
Senate District 37 Recount

Florida’s investor-owned utilities spent heavily on Republican interest groups in 2020 elections

Senate races prioritized by the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee face multiple investigations

/ December 4, 2020

1.25 million Floridians face electric disconnection by utilities

Investor-owned utilities have begun to resume the disconnection process, are opposed to shutoff moratorium petition before the PSC next week

/ October 2, 2020
Lawrence McClure

Utility Front Group Sparks Attack on Florida Rooftop Solar Amid Ongoing COVID Crisis

Attack led by Florida legislator who has accepted over $20,000 from utilities in political contributions

/ September 11, 2020
Florida PSC Don Polmann

Candidates Vie for Influential Florida Public Service Commission Seat

Three state legislator applicants have each accepted thousands in utility political contributions and voted in favor of utility-friendly legislation.

/ August 5, 2020