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Legislation Would Undermine Local Goals On Clean Energy

Orlando is among fewer than a dozen local governments across Florida to commit to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Photo by Amy Green

A bill advancing in the Legislature would prohibit local governments from setting limits on energy sources powering homes and businesses within their jurisdictions. 

The measure comes as a growing number of cities set goals for powering homes and businesses with clean energy, including Orlando. 

Eleven cities in Florida have set 100 percent clean energy goals, in keeping with what scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. 

Jonathan Webber of Florida Conservation Voters says the bill advancing in the Legislature would void these local resolutions, including one in Orlando. 

“I think that there’s a lot of interest in helping utilities maintain their control over all energy policy in the state of Florida, and I think they just don’t want to go down that road.” 

The Legislature earlier signed off on a sweeping measure aimed at protecting the coasts from sea level rise. Another bill establishing a statewide clean energy goal has seen little action. 

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About Amy Green

Reporter and Producer

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »