Controversy explodes in Florida’s solar energy spaceOctober 27, 2016
Leaked recording highlights potential political deception
Political controversy is brewing in Florida. This controversy has come to surround Amendment 1, which seeks to make major changes to the way solar energy works in the state. The political committee behind this amendment has erased nearly all references made to the James Madison Institute on its social media sites. This comes after a leaked recording during which the group’s policy director suggested that utilities were attempting to deceive voters into believing that Amendment 1 is a pro-solar measure.
Amendment 1 could completely halt the progress of solar power
According to policy director Sal Nuzzo, the James Madison Institute was reportedly tasked with conducting research on an attempt to reverse the ban on third-party leasing for solar energy in the state. This research was solicited by Consumers for Smart Solar, a political committee that is primarily funded by the state’s largest utilities. According to the leaked recording, Amendment 1, if successful, would effectively negate any attempt to further the reach of solar energy in Florida in the coming years.
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Demand for third-party leasing programs is growing among consumers
Reversing the ban on third-party leasing for solar energy systems is becoming a very popular subject among consumers in Florida. The state is among the very few in the country that have such a ban. Indeed, Florida is falling behind other states in terms of solar energy production, according to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. This is largely due to the state’s policies, which have significantly slowed the adoption of solar energy for some time.
New information may help voters decide the future of solar energy in Florida
Consumers had expressed concerns that Amendment 1 may be inherently anti-solar, despite supporters of the measure aggressively arguing otherwise. The leaking recording may not shed some light on the matter, allowing voters a chance to obtain more insight on the issue and determine whether or not they will show support for solar energy when given the opportunity. Utilities are still likely to show opposition to expanding solar energy as this form of clean power may affect the monopoly they hold on the energy market.