News for Immediate Release
Date: 24 JUL 2009
The Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) is petitioning the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for a whopping $1.3-billion dollar rate increase at a time when the U.S. economy is experiencing a devastating recessionary collapse across all sectors. Recently the PSC held service hearings around the state seeking public comments on FPL’s rate increase. But where was Charlie Crist, the Florida Governor during these PSC hearings? Crist was a no-show and failed to support Florida residents in seeking lower electric rates from FPL. However, Crist did invite the FPL Group Chief Executive Officer, Lewis Hay to attend his wedding late last year! Crist is also seen in an FPL video during Hay’s announcement of a solar plant in Florida. See, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rl-m6e08DY
Then you have one of the PSC’s Commissioners, Katrina McMurrian who accepted an invitation sent by the Electric Power Research Institute asking McMurrian to serve on an advisory group on smart grids and energy efficiency topics that form part of FPL’s rationale for increased rates.
Finally, its noted here that Crist appointed PSC Commissioner Nathan Skop – but Skop previously worked at FPL Energy – a subsidiary of FPL Group. According to Thomas Saporito, president of Saporito Energy Consultants, Inc.
“It certainly appears to me that Governor Crist and certain PSC Commissioners have a very cozy relationship with FPL at a time when FPL is seeking an unprecedented $1.3-billion dollar rate increase. The State Attorney’s Office should investigate.” Saporito said.
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