Don’t let utilities block the sun, vote ‘no’ on Amendment 1
Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets and limit customer-owned solar. It paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers. Worse, it misleads Florida voters by promising rights and protections that Florida citizens already have.
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Amendment 1’s potential impact
Amendment 1 would also add language to our State Constitution that falsely assumes that solar customers are “subsidized” by non-solar customers. Were the Amendment to pass, the monopoly utilities backing it would use this false claim as an argument for implementing unfair fees and discriminatory penalties for solar customers.
The utilities would have to present this argument before the state Public Service Commission. This is the body responsible for regulating utilities and setting the rules for solar. It is too early to say what the Commissioners would decide, but it is notable that most commissions around the country that have considered this issue have sided with solar customers.
The notable exception is Nevada, where the Public Utilities Commission slashed net metering rates and imposed punitive fees on solar customers. But even there, the Commission approved a provision to grandfather in existing customers at the previous net metering rate.
Any changes the Public Service Commission would make to Florida’s net metering rules would be decided through a proceeding at the Commission. This process would take months. It would require the state’s community of solar supporters to focus on defending our solar rights rather than working to expand solar across the state. The passage of Amendment 1 would by no means be the end of solar in the Sunshine State, but it would unfairly and needlessly slow solar adoption.