Florida Amendment 1 opponents condemn utility duplicity

Critics of Florida’s Amendment 1, a utilities-backed initiative designed to codify their monopoly status in the state’s constitution, fired back after a recording leaked Tuesday of a consultant bragging about the “political jiu-jitsu” the utilities used to outflank solar advocates.

The recording, made at the State Energy/Environment Leadership Summit in Nashville earlier this month, captured Sal Nuzzo, a vice president at the James Madison Institute, a free-market think tank in Tallahassee, Fla., talking about how his firm aided the utilities in creating Amendment 1 to stifle pro-solar growth in the state.

On the audio, released to the Miami Herald on Tuesday, Nuzzo described Amendment 1 as “an incredibly savvy maneuver” that “would completely negate anything they (pro-solar interests) would try to do either legislatively or constitutionally down the road.”

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