Last week, we posted a blog to inform you of why you should vote NO on Amendment 1 this November. We explained that this Amendment is extremely misleading and deceptive in that it promises you rights and protections that we Florida citizens already have while at the same time protects the utilities monopoly market. Now here's the proof!
A leaked recording from an energy summit of Sal Nuzzo, a vice president at utility-backed James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, calls the amendment "an incredibly savvy maneuver" which "would completely negate anything they (pro-solar interests) would try to do either legislatively or constitutionally down the road," according to the Miami Herald.
This just confirms what we have known all along, Amendment 1 is a wolf in sheep's skin! It masquerades itself as a pro-solar amendment but the goal is to stop solar progression, eliminate net-metering, and allow the utilities to steal solar customer's excess energy and sell it to the public at retail rates!
What is net-metering?
Net-metering is the utilities process of monitoring a solar customers amount of energy produced from their personal solar system and measuring it against the amount of energy that same customer consumes from the utilities. If there is a difference where the customer generates more energy than they consume the utilities must buy it from the homeowner at a wholesale rate.
How will Amendment 1 change this?
Amendment 1's goal is to eliminate net-metering so that any excess energy generated is handed over to the utilities at no cost to them so that they can turn around and sell it to the public at a retail rate. Ultimately, they want to steal solar consumer's energy and make 100% pure profit on it.
It is important to understand that there is not one single solar company in the state of Florida (even the country) that is in support of this Amendment!
There have also been many Florida supporting celebrities that have spoken out against Amendment 1.
Most recently, Al Gore went on the record saying that the true aim of Amendment 1 is darker than fostering solar and that it is a "phony baloney" initiative propped up by utilities. At the Miami Dade College's Kendall campus on October 11th, 2016 he stated, "The things they claim protect solar are protections you already have... but they are trying to fool you into amending your state Constitution in a way that gives them the authority to shut down net metering and do in Florida what they did in Nevada and just kill the solar industry."
Jimmy Buffett also came forth in support of voting No on Amendment 1. He stated "It's obvious what's going on there... we've been enjoying the sun for most of our lives living in Florida. Now it's time to use it right, and use it for everybody's benefit."
This November we urge you to be informed when voting and stop the utilities from deceiving voters for their own personal gain! Please spread the word, VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1!