Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Denounce the gutting of state energy goals and incentives
Recently, Florida state regulators agreed to gut energy efficiency goals in the state by more than 90 percent and to put an end to rebates for solar energy. This is a huge step backward for Florida, especially as most of the world moves to adopt and improve energy efficient policies and goals in keeping with the planet’s growing need for renewable energy. Urge Florida to get back on track toward a sustainable future.
The proposals to nearly end energy efficiency goals and to remove incentives for those installing renewable alternatives were backed by three Florida utility companies, whose futures are in jeopardy thanks to renewable initiatives. The companies argued that rebates for sustainable power sources were costing them millions of dollars and insisted that the incentives did little more than force the companies to raise their prices for consumers.
As Commissioner Julie Brown aptly stated in her dissent, renewable energy does cost money, but is still a necessity. Brown also pointed out that it is their job to efficiently balance the budget with sustainable energy in mind. Renewable energy is made more cost-effective for taxpayers and state budgets by presenting more initiatives and investing more heavily in sustainable energy.
While sustainable energy does require a larger initial investment, it more than pays for itself in both longevity and savings in the long term. Vermont, for instance, offers incentives to manufacturers to charge taxpayers lower rates for energy efficient solutions like fluorescent bulbs and is capable of reaching 2.12 percent of its annual energy needs by saving energy rather than producing it.
Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham says he backed the proposals out of concern for the burden of rising energy costs on low-income taxpayers, but the decision saves consumers no more than $2 a month. This decision is a huge step back for Florida and the inhabitants of the state who are working toward a cleaner future by investing in renewable energy sources. The only clear beneficiaries of this decision are the utility companies fighting for dirty energy to maintain profits. Sign this petition and urge Florida to reconsider its backward decision to cut funding to renewable energy.
Dear Governor Scott,
Recent EPA regulations enforce clean energy goals through the Clean Power Plan and Florida is expected to reduce emissions from its plants by at least 37 percent by 2030. However, it is unlikely the state will manage to reach those requirements with fewer than 10 percent of its previous energy goals still intact.
This decision clearly supports the utility companies, which find clean energy to be far less profitable, but it is unclear what positive effects this plan will have for the state and its taxpayers. With less than $2 saved per month, consumers are unlikely to reap many benefits, and renewable energy pays off both monetarily and in regards to the planet’s longevity. Furthermore, citizens hoping to reduce their energy consumption will no longer receive the incentives that keep them saving your state’s energy.
I urge you to reconsider backtracking on energy goals and initiatives for the good of your state, country and planet.
[Your Name Here]
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