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Florida Senate committee advances controversial rooftop solar bill

By Mary Ellen Klas Photo: Dreamstime

In a signal to Florida Power & Light that legislators are committed to pursuing its top priority, a Florida Senate committee gave bipartisan approval Tuesday to a bill intended to restrict the expansion of rooftop solar in Florida.


League of Women Voters: Florida must pass bills to transition to clean energy by 2040

By Jay Rosenbak and Lynn Frazier

The League of Women Voters believe a functioning democracy needs a habitable planet. In the 2022 legislative session, the League has identified 80 bills that have direct implications for the environment. We support seven of these bills and oppose two.


5 environmental stories that affected Tampa Bay in 2021 and what’s ahead in 2022

By Zachary T. Sampson Photo: Douglas R. Clifford , Tampa Bay Times

The environment dominated headlines this spring and summer in Tampa Bay, despite the enduring coronavirus pandemic, as back-to-back crises threatened the region’s namesake waterway.


Fla. eyes rooftop solar clampdown

By Kristi E. Swartz Photo: Joe Raedle , Getty Images

The bill has a chance of passage, considering its support from Florida Power & Light Co., the state’s largest electric company, setting up a dynamic that could shift the trajectory of the solar industry in the state.


Bill Filed To Crush Solar Choice In The Sunshine State (Florida)

By George Cavros Photo: Cynthia Shahan , Cleantechnica

Florida Power and Light (FPL), the state’s largest power company, has written an anti-rooftop solar bill and is pushing it at the Florida Legislature. If passed, the bill will decimate rooftop solar adoption in Florida and take a sledgehammer to solar choice for customers, jobs, and economic development. Florida’s legislative session begins January 11 and ends March 11, and this regressive bill is expected to come up for a vote early in the session. We at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy have condemned this utility-led assault on solar choice in the Florida Legislature.


USF to launch new Center of Excellence in Environmental and Oceanographic Sciences on the St. Petersburg campus

The University of South Florida is seeking support from the Florida Legislature and the local community to advance a bold new plan for an interdisciplinary center of excellence that will harness the collective power of colleges and departments from throughout the university to address the existential challenges created by climate change, including sea level rise, high tide flooding events and other coastal hazards.


A lesson from Surfside? Underground assault from sea-level rise puts coastal structures at risk

By Kimberly Miller Photo: Lannis Waters , The Palm Beach Post

Subterranean assaults by rising seas on the ill-fated Champlain Towers South more than doubled over a 26-year period, according to a Florida International University study that measured how often water levels rose higher than the building’s basement floor.


What climate change means for Florida strawberry farmers

By Bradley George Photo: Thomas Lacobucci , WUSF Public Media

Florida’s strawberry harvest is underway. Farmers are facing challenges due to climate change, but researchers are trying to help them adapt.


Florida’s environment took a beating in 2021. Could 2022 be even worse?

By Ed Killer

The list of environmental disasters that befell Florida’s lands and waters in 2021 was as long as a tarpon killed by red tide. The headlines blasted across media platforms last year made tourist development council directors more nervous than a Florida panther in a room full of rocking chairs.


Documents show FPL wrote bill to slow rooftop solar’s growth by hampering net metering

By Mary Ellen Klas and Mario Alejandro Ariza Photo: Joe Rimkus Jr. , Miami Herald File Photo

Rooftop solar power generation in Florida is still a nascent industry, but Florida Power & Light, the nation’s largest power company, is pushing to hamstring it — by writing and delivering legislation the company asked state lawmakers to introduce, according to records obtained by the Miami Herald and Floodlight.