Florida
FloridaFlorida is home to a significant amount of both retired New Yorkers and solar energy potential. Unfortunately, the state has a long history of minimal support for clean energy. And some legislation, like rules outlawing power purchase agreements (PPAs), actively discourage the state’s renewable energy industry.1
Source:
Los Angeles Times, August 2014
http://lat.ms/1LPIOru
Only 2% of Florida’s electricity came from renewable sources last year.2
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1CKQ4iD


Still, the potential for a thriving renewable energy industry remains. Florida isn’t nicknamed “The Sunshine State” for nothing: it has the third highest solar potential in the U.S.3
Source:
Solar Energy Industries Association
http://bit.ly/1z7M4VG
Despite the negative policy environment, solar energy already supports 4,000 jobs in-state,4
Source:
The Solar Foundation
http://bit.ly/1Hv3XnM
and Florida ranks 7th in the U.S. for utility-scale solar. The state also has significant bioenergy capacity, including an advanced ethanol plant that pumps out 8 million gallons annually in Vero Beach.5
Source:
Ethanol Producer Magazine, September 2014
http://bit.ly/16749tt


At the end of 2014, the state Public Service Commission agreed to gut Florida’s energy efficiency standards and end solar rebates.6
Source:
Tampa Bay Times, November 2014
http://bit.ly/1sdQNpi
So it seems clear that Florida’s clean energy industry will continue to face challenges from legislators and regulators moving forward. That’s a shame: with 32 power plants over 35 years old,7
Source:
Southeastern Wind Coalition, December 2014
http://bit.ly/1IC2N8U
and household electricity expenditures 40% higher than the U.S. average,8
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1CKQ4iD
there is ample opportunity for renewables to improve Florida’s energy infrastructure.

Florida ratepayers are taking matters into their own hands. A bipartisan group of pro-solar activists, led by conservatives inspired by neighbor-state Georgia’s “Green Tea Coalition” is poised to allow voters to decide whether to allow non-utility entities, like homeowners, sell power to the grid.9
Source:
Orlando Sun-Sentinel, February 2015
http://bit.ly/1BKgzVH
Learn more about energy in Florida with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.

  Oct 08, 2013  |    WTSP Tampa Bay

  Mar 20, 2013  |    Stanford University

 
 
 


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