FP&L, Duke, TECO seek to cut conservation goals; FL PSC blocks PUBLIC testimony!

[CHASM comment: So much for the lies that smart meters will help save energy and avoid building power plants.]

Utilities will ask PSC for permission to gut energy-saving goals | Tampa Bay Times

FP&L, Duke, TECO seek to cut conservation goals
By Lloyd Dunkelberger
Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Public Service Commission on Monday began three days of hearings that could allow the state’s major electric utility companies to dramatically slash their energy conservation goals over the next five years.

The hearings immediately drew criticism as the public was barred from testifying at the proceedings. The PSC considered the hearings to be a legal forum to gather evidence and testimony on the conservation standards.

State Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg, unsuccessfully pleaded with the commission to allow the public to comment on the standards, saying “the name Public Service Commission includes the public.”

“The public should be heard on this, not hurt,” Dudley said. “Right now, they’re about ready to get hurt.”


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