FPL asks state to keep audit of green energy program secret
The commission's probe of the program began in September when it asked FPL for documents and explanations of how it has spent about $10 million collected from the program's 38,000 subscribers. Again and again, FPL filed requests to keep its records confidential, saying they contain "proprietary business information" and "contractual vendor data."
But FPL records not under seal show that out-of-state renewable energy companies benefited more from the Sunshine Energy Program than did Florida companies.
"I think it's disappointing for FPL customers who fully expected and assumed they were putting their hard-earned money into developing renewable energy in Florida," said Holly Binns, field director of the nonprofit environmental group Environment Florida. "This is one example of why voluntary green energy programs aren't sufficient to develop a renewable energy economy here."
June 6, 2008
by Christine Stapleton
in Palm Beach Post
For months, the state has wanted to know how FPL has spent about $10 million it collected from customers to develop alternative energy sources.
Last week, Florida's Public Service Commission released its audit of Florida Power & Light Co.'s Sunshine Energy Program after it challenged whether the energy giant has made good on the program's promises.
But the audit findings are secret at FPL's request.
On Thursday, the company filed a petition with the commission to revamp the program, which invites its customers to help the utility develop renewable energy in Florida by giving the company an additional $9.75 every month.
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