The Florida Supreme Court docket denied Florida Energy & Mild’s request to spike vitality charges by 20%. The courtroom calls for that state regulators correctly clarify the necessity for the drastic spike in charges. Floridians Towards Elevated Charges, Florida Rising, the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, and the League of United Latin American Residents of Florida took the vitality firm to courtroom and acknowledged it violated state regulation and public curiosity. So the place does DeSantis come into play?
DeSantis appoints the Florida Public Service Fee, and he approves the board. Who donated $9.5 million to the DeSantis marketing campaign? Florida Power & Light. The governor is accountable for their jobs and price range. The initially authorized cash seize value Floridians $692 million final January, adopted by a further $560 million after the latest hike. Individuals right here will let you know that their vitality payments have doubled, if no more. FPL is one in every of many vitality firms within the state which are making the most of the individuals.
The Supreme Court docket mentioned that they might not discover any justification for the elevated vitality prices. “On this case, after listening to from 60 witnesses and receiving 635 displays into proof, the fee produced a proof of its public curiosity willpower that spanned little greater than a web page,” Justice John Couriel acknowledged. “The order offers conclusory statements in regards to the virtues of the settlement settlement, not the reasoned clarification required for our overview.”
The vitality firm’s reply is contradictory to the whole lot DeSantis is campaigning on. “FPL prospects are already benefiting from this settlement, which allows the corporate to proceed making sustained, customer-focused investments in infrastructure, clear vitality and modern expertise whereas retaining payments as little as attainable,” the assertion mentioned. DeSantis claims he’s in opposition to the push for sustainable clear vitality. The truth is, he denied accepting funding from the Inflation Discount Act that may have supplied Floridians with rebates for putting in inexperienced vitality measures.
I’m a bit disenchanted in Ron DeSantis. I can focus on the insurance coverage disaster in Florida in one other submit, as insurance coverage firms have fled Florida and those which are left are demanding double-digit will increase annually. As I’m scripting this submit, phrase got here in that Progressive Insurance coverage is pulling out of Florida now too. Lots of people right here pay extra for insurance coverage than taxes. So whereas it’s a low-tax state, the rising insurance coverage and vitality prices are rapidly making up for these prices.
All of us noticed the primary GOP debate the place DeSantis seemed across the room earlier than elevating his hand to say he was in opposition to further help to Ukraine. Wanting across the room earlier than giving a response just isn’t indicative of a pacesetter. I initially preferred DeSantis, however now his integrity is in query.