Tea party and environmentalists unite in Florida


The power of solar to unite the U.S.' diametrically opposed political parties has again become evident in a petition to cut utilities out of the sale of power in Florida.

According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper on Tuesday, Republican Tory Perfetti has launched a petition to remove the stipulation that only utilities can sell power to consumers in the state.

Perfetti wants voters in the 2016 Florida election ballot to be able to vote for the amendment, which would mean private individuals and companies owning solar systems would be able to sell up to 2 MW of solar power directly to consumers, such as tenants of a building with a solar rooftop.

The report states Perfetti has been working with Georgia Tea Party leader Debbie Dooley and has also had backing from Democrats with unnamed environmental groups in the state set to announce their backing for the petition on Wednesday.

Whilst Democrats and environmentalists are keen to remove the power sale monopoly enjoyed by utilities in Florida for environmental reasons, extreme conservatives such as the Tea Party are attracted by opening up the power market to competition with the power companies.

Perfetti's Floridians for Solar Choice group secured permission for the petition from the Florida State Department on December 23 and needs to secure 683,149 signatures by February 1 next year to make it onto the 2016 ballot paper.

For the measure to pass into law it would require 60 per cent of the vote in the November 2016 election. According to the newspaper report, Florida is one of only 14 U.S. states which have retained the utilities power sale monopoly.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: editors@pv-magazine.com.


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.