All posts by Alissa Jean Schafer

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

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
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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
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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
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Florida Power and Light quietly reduces solar commitment, shifting some proposed solar to Gulf Power in midst of merger

FPL reduced solar plans by over 500 MW, apparently moving some proposed projects to Gulf Power’s service territory in the Florida panhandle. FPL’s solar reductions come despite its parent company’s...

/ July 13, 2020
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NextEra Energy Only Large Utility Company Without Absolute Carbon Reduction Goal

NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power, recently touted an award it received from Fortune as the “World’s Most Admired” utility, along with another...

/ March 10, 2020

Energy Choice Falls Flat at Florida Supreme Court After Utility Offensive

The Florida Supreme Court ruled on January 9 to keep the “Energy Choice” initiative off the Florida ballot in the upcoming general election, siding with investor-owned utilities and quashing an...

/ January 20, 2020