Florida

FLORIDA

Florida’s population has tripled since 1970 closing in on 22 million people in 2021, making it the third most populous state in the US. 16 million Floridians live in coastal counties vulnerable to climate-related issues such as rising sea levels and flooding.

Already in 2016, the EPA published a report pointing out that the Florida peninsula had warmed more than one degree (F) during the last century, the sea was rising about one inch every decade (accelerating perhaps to 1-4 feet in the next century), and heavy rainstorms were becoming more severe. It predicted that rising temperatures were likely to increase storm damages, harm coral reefs, increase the frequency of unpleasantly hot days, and reduce the risk of freezing to Florida’s agriculture. And it observed, that along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida, the land surface was also sinking, a result of sea level rise and increased precipitation, submerging wetlands and dry land, which was eroding beaches and exacerbating both coastal and inland flooding.

Florida has large biomass and solar resources, and insignificant oil and natural gas reserves, but its energy grid is primarily powered by imported fossil fuels through interstate pipelines. It is the fourth largest energy-consuming state, but due to its large population, its per-capita energy consumption ranks amongst the lowest five states. After Texas, Florida is the second-largest electricity producing state, with 75% of production powered by natural gas, 10% from coal and nuclear each, with renewables accounting for another 4% as of 2019. Florida is one of twelve states which has not implemented a renewable energy standard and is currently using a combination of state and local incentives, tax credits, and loan programs for certain renewable energy technologies. Net metering and interconnection rules are in place for investor-owned utilities and customer-cited generation facilities that qualify.

In August of 2021 the city of Tampa voted to move the city to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035, making it the 12th Florida city to do so, despite the current governor signing prohibitive energy bills into law restricting municipalities from taking “actions which restrict or prohibit” energy sources used by utilities. They are also prohibited from banning gas stations or requiring them to install electric chargers. Tampa joins Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Satellite Beach, Dunedin, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Cocoa & South Miami Beach.

Florida energy policy has typically favored utility companies, which have fought to prevent the direct sale of electricity from solar companies to their customers, as is permitted in 29 other states and territories, this despite Florida having the fourth-highest solar installation rate in the country. In the Spring of 2019 a lawsuit launched by eight kids called for stronger action to decarbonize the energy system in order to preserve their rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. It was rejected by an appeals court in May 2021 as a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a 2020 decision by Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll to dismiss the case. The panel did not give a detailed explanation, but cited Carroll’s conclusion that the case involved “nonjusticiable political questions.”

In June, 2021, when a Miami condo collapsed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm suggested that climate change may have played a role. As engineers weighed whether harsher conditions from climate change – flooding, salt water intrusion, heavier rain, higher temperatures, more intense hurricanes—played a role, a final answer is not yet forthcoming.

CURRENT NEWS

Catholic, Christian groups share faith-driven plan for ‘climate adaptation’ with Congress

03/22/24
Catholic and Christian groups joined together March 20 to discuss a faith-driven approach to solving problems associated with climate change in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill.
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In Florida, Skyrocketing Insurance Rates Test Resolve of Homeowners in Risky Areas

By Amy Green 03/06/24
For most of his life, Cory Infinger has lived down a hill and along a bend in the Little Wekiva River, a gentle stream meandering northwest of Orlando. During Hurricane Ian, in September 2022, the…
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Commentary: Can manufacturing sector help Florida climate crisis?

By Mary Anna Mancuso 03/01/24
Florida faces a stark reality: rising sea levels, harsher storms and warming temperatures due to climate change. You might wonder how Florida’s manufacturing sector can be part of the solution. Easy: by supporting the Providing…
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New Sustainable Florida Homes Survived Hurricane–as Nearby Homes Were Devastated–and Never Lost Power

By Andy Corbley 02/22/24
These cute little Florida townhomes are tougher than they look. While they may be as green as a budding daffodil, they have a backbone like reinforced concrete.
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Florida Keys coral reefs devastated by 2023 heat wave

By Andrew Freedman 02/16/24
A new survey of five Florida Keys' coral reefs shows extensive damage from a long-lasting and severe marine heat wave last year. Why it matters: Corals are havens for biodiversity, providing shelter for over 25%…
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Florida could remove the majority of mentions of climate change from state law

By Emily L. Mahoney 02/09/24
A bill advancing through the Florida Legislature with the backing of the House speaker would delete the majority of references to climate change in state law. House Bill 1645 would enact wide-ranging changes to Florida’s…
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Donalds Leads Colleagues In Advocating For Historic American Nuclear Energy Project

01/30/24
Yesterday, Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL) sent a letter to the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, seeking to expedite the historic revitalization of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant with safe, reliable, and efficient nuclear energy technology.
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DeSantis Called for ‘Energy Dominance’ During White House Run. His Plan Still is Relevant to Floridians, Who Face Intensifying Climate Impacts

By Amy Green 01/22/24
Established by rocket scientists on a sliver of a barrier island south of Kennedy Space Center in the middle of the 20th century, this community is the sort of place where locals raise families after…
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Why people don’t have to pay anything for electricity in this Florida community

By Nicolas Rivero 01/06/24
In this Florida development, no one pays an electricity bill. It’s not because of subsidies, but by design: All of the 86 homes built or planned in Hunters Point, a residential development about an hour…
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How sea rise could reshape South Florida neighborhoods: Retreat here, growth there

By Alex Harris 12/18/23
As sea levels push ever higher, the question of when — and where — it will affect South Florida’s real estate market is a big one.
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One side of Florida is running out of water. The other is getting bombarded with too much rain

By Curt Anderson 12/08/23
In Florida, this year has been a tale of two states as far as rainfall totals, with the southeast coast deluged by sometimes-record rainfall and much of the Gulf of Mexico coast facing a drought.
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Florida’s Coral Reef Supports Fishing, Tourism and Beaches. Can Science Save It?

By Eric Niiler 11/18/23
On a barrier island off the coast of Florida, Ian Enochs runs a high-tech “coral gym” where he trains the colorful invertebrates to be survivors.
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Mining and Renewable Energy: A Symbiotic Relationship on the Path to Net Zero

09/18/23
Renewable energy and mining may seem like polar opposites, but they actually have a symbiotic relationship that is crucial for achieving a net-zero future. As the world shifts towards cleaner…

Florida tops in US for solar installations so far in 2023, new report says

09/10/23
Florida topped all other U.S. states for solar energy installations during the first half of 2023 and is on track to upend California and Texas, the top solar installers of 2021 and 2022, for solar…

Duke Energy Florida’s New Renewable Energy Certificates Program Offers Customers, Businesses More Options To Reach Their Sustainability Goals

09/08/23
Duke Energy Florida announced Clean Energy Impact, its newest renewable energy certificates (RECs) program, is now available to customers looking to achieve their sustainability goals and support local, renewable energy.

USF Awarded $50,000 For Clean Energy Project By Department Of Energy

09/07/23
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity announced that the University of South Florida is among the four winners of the American-Made High-Voltage Direct Current Prize.

Duke Energy : Florida’s new renewable energy certificates program offers customers, businesses more options to reach their sustainability goals

08/22/23
Aims to reduce rates for all customers by generating revenue through the sale of the RECs ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Duke Energy Florida today announced Clean Energy Impact , its newest renewable energy certificates (RECs)…

Florida raises eyebrows with decision on $377 million of crucial federal funding: ‘Negative implications for Florida residents’

08/20/23
Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rejected $377 million in federal energy-efficiency funding despite the Sunshine State experiencing record-setting heat.

Tampa Electric wants to lower rates for green energy electricity program

08/17/23
One of Florida’s largest utilities is asking regulators for permission to lower rates for those who purchase some or all of their electricity from a solar facility to increase participation in the program.

Hillsborough County solar project tries to lower startup costs for residents

08/15/23
When Doug Nelson first bought his home after moving to Tampa Bay, he knew exactly where he’d put his solar panels.

That time Ron DeSantis Rejected Federal Funds for Clean Energy and Cost Florida $350,000,000

08/06/23
Tampa Bay area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor remains livid that Gov. Ron DeSantis turned down $354 million for energy-efficient measures provided through federal legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Energy companies were behind some successful bills in Tallahassee this year

07/19/23
The fossil fuel industry was a big player in Florida's recent legislative session, especially when it came to newer projects involving buzzwords like "renewable” natural gas and "green” hydrogen.

NREL Partners With Black Farmers’ Collaborative To Plan Solar Panels for Florida Farms and Churches

07/13/23
On Cetta Barnhart's demonstration farm in Monticello, Florida, she grows citrus trees, leafy greens, and other produce that often goes to the community-supported agriculture project she founded, Seed Time Harvest Farms. Soon, there will be…

Tampa’s climate plan will enhance and preserve community’s quality of life | Column

07/11/23
On an early Saturday morning in June, I stood at the tip of the South Tampa peninsula in Picnic Island Park admiring the activity. The wetlands here are home to spoonbills, waders, gulls and terns.

JEA agrees to 20-year solar power deal

07/05/23
JEA will enter into a $400.8 million, 20-year agreement to buy solar power from the Florida Municipal Power Agency and receive it via Florida Power & Light Co. transmission lines.

Tampa becomes the latest Florida city to unveil a climate action plan

06/17/23
Approximately two years in the making, Tampa officials on Friday unveiled a 156-page “Climate Action and Equity Plan, becoming the latest local government in Florida to lay out a path to transition to renewable energy…

Hillsborough County’s Plan for Tampa Calls for 100% Clean Energy By 2035

06/08/23
This week, the Hillsborough County-City Planning Commission introduced the Environmental and Mobility sections updates of the Tampa Comprehensive Plan in a series of three public meetings. The County’s plan includes language from a Tampa City…

Florida Crystals Corp. Expands Renewable Energy Production

06/07/23
Florida Crystals Corp., which owns Florida's only rice mill, is now converting sunlight to renewable energy for its operations via its 900-panel solar array and the first Tesla Megapack battery in operation in the state…

Duke Energy Florida celebrates renewable energy landmark

05/25/23
Duke Energy Florida celebrated their milestone of surpassing 1 Gigawatt of clean, renewable energy at the High Springs Renewable Energy Center on Wednesday morning.

Ahead of Earth Day, Rep. Castor Introduces Package of 3 Clean Energy Bills

04/20/23
Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), former chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, reintroduced a package of three clean energy bills to boost access to solar energy and help Americans power their…

William McQuilkin: New legislation good for Florida business, energy costs, jobs and more

04/16/23
As Floridians, we have a real opportunity to take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act to accelerate our transition to clean, renewable energy. We can do this while also providing much needed jobs and growth…

Fracked Gas at Center of Tampa Electric’s New 10-Year Plan

04/10/23
On Friday, Tampa Electric filed their 10-year plan with the state, outlining the utility’s power needs and power generation plans for the next decade. Under the plan, the utility will not be moving off fracked…

McKay Bay Waste to Energy Facility powers thousands of Tampa homes using renewable energy

04/03/23
Waste to energy facilities are a growing alternative to landfills, essentially recycling residential and commercial trash and converting it into renewable energy.

Florida utility bills could rise to pay for new natural gas technology

03/30/23
Floridians could see their electric bills increase again in the next two years so that utility companies can build infrastructure that captures methane emitted from solid waste and turns it into natural gas under a…

Duke Energy to build Florida floating solar array

03/17/23
Duke Energy Florida today announced that its first floating solar array pilot will begin construction later this month in Polk County.

Sunuso Energy becomes the Most Trusted Provider of Solar Energy Solutions in Florida

03/13/23
Sunuso Energy provides eco-friendly and energy-efficient solar energy solutions in Florida and is a top provider of affordable, high-quality solar panel installation services for homeowners.

Rate hikes approved for Tampa Electric, Duke Energy Florida, and Florida Power and Light

03/08/23
The Florida Public Service Commission, which regulates private utilities, approved rate increases for three electric companies that serve the state during its Tuesday meeting.

Origis Energy acquires Florida solar projects from Dominion Energy subsidiary

02/28/23
Miami-based solar and energy storage developer Origis Energy has acquired two solar projects from Birdseye Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc. The projects are in Florida. Once completed, they will add a combined…

From cow manure to clean energy — how one Florida dairy farm is cutting carbon emissions

02/27/23
On an average day, Greg Watts and his team at Full Circle Dairy produce more than 30,000 gallons of high-quality milk from more than 3,000 cows at their farm.

Clean energy advocates educate Floridians about electric rate hikes ahead of campaign launch

02/23/23
On March 7, the Florida Public Service Commission is expected to decide whether or not to approve rate hikes from Tampa Electric and Duke Energy Florida because of rising natural gas costs and expensive storm…

Leaders approve large-scale solar farm project in Florida

02/20/23
The City Commission unanimously approved a contract amendment to the FL Solar 6 project, a 75-megawatt solar plant about 15 miles west of downtown Gainesville in 2024.

Toolkit Helps Tallahassee Ready for Clean Energy Implementation

02/08/23
While it makes a big splash when large communities like Los Angeles and New York embrace the clean energy transition, success depends on communities of all sizes mapping a pathway to their goals along with…

Tampa Bay officials release plan for dealing with climate change

01/17/23
Florida’s sandy beaches and beautiful coastlines helped make it the fastest-growing state in the country last year.

Clearwater becomes 13th Florida city to commit to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2040

12/16/22
Clearwater has become the 13th Florida city to commit to 100% clean and renewable energy in its city operations by 2040 and citywide by 2050, with unanimous City Council approval of a resolution stating its…

Florida Transit Agency Buys 60 Electric Buses

01/03/22
A Florida transit agency, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) of Pinellas County, recently ordered 60 full-electric buses. Pinellas County is the large county just west of Tampa that includes St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Palm…

Tampa is holding listening sessions for residents at the frontline of climate change

12/17/21
The city also announced a $1 million investment into renewable energy solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations at the City Center at Hanna municipal building in East Tampa.

Federal government invests $815K in renewable energy projects in rural Florida

12/08/21
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is making nearly 800 investments into renewable energy projects aimed at making rural communities in Florida more independent and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

City of Tampa Begins Development of Climate Action & Equity Plan

11/08/21
The City of Tampa is now developing the city’s first Climate Action & Equity Plan. The plan advances one of Mayor Castor’s major campaign commitments and is part of the Resilient Tampa Roadmap, released in…

Washington County officials approve a solar power plant

09/16/21
Washington County is closer to having energy independence after Thursday night’s commission meeting.

Reports: Florida is on track to become a regional leader in solar energy

09/08/21
 While climate scientists are sounding the alarm on rising global temperatures, a recent federal report is saying the U.S. is at least heading in the right direction in terms of using one form of renewable…

Tampa Commits To 100% Clean, Renewable Energy By 2035

08/06/21
Tampa's city council voted Thursday in favor of moving the city to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035, making it the 12th Florida city to do so. This latest passage comes after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed…

Tampa City Council Adopts 100% Renewable Energy Resolution

08/05/21
Today, the Tampa City Council voted 6-1 to adopt a renewable energy resolution that demonstrates the Council’s support for transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy sources community-wide by 2035. The resolution is the first of…

Duke Energy Florida announces 4 new solar sites

07/21/21
Duke Energy Florida today announced the locations of its four newest solar power plants – the latest move in the company’s program to expand its renewable generation portfolio.

Orange County’s Future Shines Brighter Together … Connecting Residents with Affordable Solar

06/25/21
Orange County is excited to announce another opportunity to help residents “go solar” by joining with the City of Orlando and Solar United Neighbors to provide another Solar Co-op.  

Homeowners Across Florida Are Switching To Solar Power Through Group Purchases

06/25/21
More than 60,000 homes, businesses and billboards are powered by solar energy across Florida right now, and one nonprofit is trying to increase that number by getting residents to purchase through multiple groups.

Florida Resilient Coastlines Program

06/25/21
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is committed to marshaling resources to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and habitats for the effects of climate change, especially rising sea levels.

CS/CS/SB 1954 — Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience

06/25/21
The bill establishes statewide programs for adaptation to flooding and sea level rise. The programs are intended to address flooding all across the state. The bill creates: The Resilient Florida Grant Program within the Department…

Point of View: Home insurance rates soaring with the heat

By Carlos Gimenez 05/25/21
Homeowners are the ones who incur the hefty costs when extreme weather strikes, especially those who live in low-lying coastal areas. Now is the time for all levels of government, in conjunction with the innovations…

Preparing for Climate Change in Florida

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps the state is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Miami-Dade County Regional Climate Action Plan

03/20/19
Florida is considered one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change, with Southeast Florida especially susceptible to impacts such as rising sea levels. Miami-Dade County has been on the forefront of these issues for…

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

03/20/19
The Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) is the Compact's guiding tool for coordinated climate action in Southeast Florida to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilience. The RCAP provides a set of recommendations, guidelines…

Florida State Energy & Climate Action Plan

03/20/19
During the past 14 months, the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change (Action Team) worked diligently to develop the Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan).  In keeping with the guidance provided…

KEY RESOURCES

Improved Prediction of Managed Water Flow into Everglades National Park Using Empirical Dynamic Modeling

09/16/22
Alteration of natural surface flow paths across South Florida has been detrimental to the environmental health and sustainability of the Everglades and surrounding ecosystems. As part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), predicting flows…

Florida State Profile and Energy Estimates

09/24/21
The Florida peninsula extends almost 450 miles south from the Georgia border to the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico. The state's northern boundary stretches about 360 miles from the Atlantic Ocean across the…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

CAN I POWER MY HOME WITH SOLAR PANELS IN FLORIDA?

07/07/21
The short answer to this question is that solar panels are not illegal in Florida. However, you may have come across this question while researching solar power options in Florida. If you’re wondering why people are…

Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction

04/30/21
The degradation of coastal habitats, particularly coral reefs, raises risks by increasing the exposure of coastal communities to flooding hazards. The protective services of these natural defenses are not assessed in the same rigorous economic…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Florida

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Florida experienced three tropical cyclones, three severe storms, and one freeze. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Florida

07/31/20
Florida is extremely vulnerable to impacts of climate change that threaten the state’s agriculture, energy and tourism industries

mySolarCost

01/24/20
mySolarCost is a free service that allows you to quickly and easily compare prices, features, and products from top solar providers and brands. Whether you are trying to save on your electric bill or increase…

Clean Energy Florida

01/24/20
Clean Energy Florida works to catalyze clean energy growth, adoption, and investment across the state of Florida. The state is well positioned to become a leading and innovative clean and renewable energy hub, and businesses…

Florida Solar

01/24/20
Florida’s solar policies have lagged behind other states: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states.

MORE NEWS

DeSantis Stuns Critics with Radical Plan to Save Florida’s Ailing Environment

By Toni Koraza   01/12/23  
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has reaffirmed a promise to the environment made four years ago.
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Displaced Hurricane Ian survivors brace for a holiday without a home

By Derek Hawkins and Others   12/23/22  
Meals like this have become sacrosanct for the family of 10 since Hurricane Ian inundated their house here in late September, destroying their belongings and forcing them to strip the interior down to the studs…
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Fla. lawmakers force homeowners to buy flood insurance

By Thomas Frank   12/15/22  
Hundreds of thousands of Florida property owners face requirements to buy flood insurance under a precedent-setting bill approved Wednesday by the state Legislature. It’s the first mandate of its kind in the country.
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What climate change means for Florida’s future

By Theara Coleman   11/27/22  
Florida has endured a particularly volatile storm season in 2022. In early September, Hurricane Ian tore through the area, devastating the state's southwest region and killing more than 100 people. Ian was swiftly followed by…
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Florida beaches were already running low on sand. Then Ian and Nicole hit.

By Lori Rozsa   11/25/22  
In the days since Hurricane Nicole lashed this stretch of Florida coast with punishing winds and a powerful storm surge, contractor A.J. Rockwell has found himself on an urgent mission. He has to find sand…
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Studying climate change, sea level rise in Clearwater could prevent catastrophic damage, officials hope

By Regina Gonzalez   11/11/22  
The city of Clearwater has set out to understand how it will be impacted by climate change, sea level rise, and the devastation of tropical storms and hurricanes.
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History-repeating hurricane paths in Florida amaze meteorologists

By Amudalat Ajasa   11/10/22  
2022′s hurricanes Nicole and Ian hit in same respective locations as 2004′s Jeanne and Charley; in both years, the storms struck 43 days apart...
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Hurricane Nicole hits Florida

By Jeff Masters   11/10/22  
Hurricane Nicole made landfall around 3 a.m. EST November 10 near Vero Beach, Florida, with sustained winds of 75 mph and a central pressure of 981 mb. Nicole was just the fourth hurricane on record…
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Subtropical Storm Nicole forms, hurricane watch issued for Florida’s east coast

By Matthew Cappucci   11/07/22  
We’re not quite two weeks from Thanksgiving and still the 2022 hurricane season, with all its plot twists, charges on. Subtropical Storm Nicole was named early Monday and could near hurricane strength as it gets…
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After Ian, Florida’s waterways could remain polluted for months

By Kasha Patel and Others   11/02/22  
As Hurricane Ian plowed across central Florida at the end of September, the manager of a Port Orange wastewater facility was worried about what would happen when the storm forced wastewater to overflow from a…
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Misery Wrought by Hurricane Ian Focuses Attention on Climate Records of Florida Candidates for Governor

By Amy Green   10/27/22  
For Janét Buford-Johnson, it was as if all the homes on her street had been turned inside out by Hurricane Ian. “The neighborhood looks like a disaster area,” she said somberly some four weeks after…
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Florida needs workers to rebuild after Ian. Undocumented migrants are stepping in.

By Maria Sacchetti   10/23/22  
Hundreds have arrived in the Sunshine State despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’s warning that those without papers are not wanted in Florida.
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Hurricane Ian could push insurers out of Florida

By Isabelle Gerretsen   10/21/22  
Analysts say the excessive costs from the storm could lead to insurers either avoiding Florida property altogether or charging sky-high premiums to homeowners. The category four hurricane, which was one of the most powerful to…
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Climate Change Consensus Endures In Florida

By Gisele Galoustian   10/19/22  
Seven sequenced surveys conducted by researchers at Florida Atlantic University since October 2019 are painting a comprehensive picture of Floridians’ climate resilience attitudes during a period of particularly dynamic political, economic and environmental events.
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Ian may push Florida real estate out of reach for all but the super rich

By Christopher Flavelle   10/13/22  
The hurricane’s record-breaking cost will make it even harder for many to get insurance, experts say — threatening home sales, mortgages and construction.
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The new hurricane resiliency: being off the grid

By Niala Boodhoo   10/11/22  
More than 4 million Floridians lost power after Hurricane Ian. But not communities like Babcock Ranch, a Southwest Florida development that bills itself as America’s “first solar-powered town.”
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What a rebuilt southwest Florida might look like

By Jennifer A. Kingson   10/11/22  
If history is any guide, the areas devastated by Hurricane Ian will be rebuilt even bigger than before — but probably with storm-inspired improvements to local infrastructure and building codes.
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Babcock Ranch: Solar-powered “hurricane-proof” town takes direct hit from Hurricane Ian, never loses electricity

10/09/22  
While hard-hit Fort Myers, Florida, continues its recovery from Hurricane Ian, some hope can be found 12 miles to the northeast at the planned community of Babcock Ranch. That's where Syd Kitson and his partners…
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Florida Commits $1 Billion to Climate Resilience. But After Hurricane Ian, Some Question the State’s Development Practices

By James Bruggers   10/08/22  
Outside his first-floor apartment where he had slept, Hurricane Ian moved violently and slowly over the Florida interior, dropping monumental amounts of rain on the low-slung landscape pockmarked everywhere with lakes and rivers, ponds and…
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Many of Hurricane Ian’s Victims Were Older Adults Who Drowned

By Mitch Smith and Others   10/07/22  
A 57-year-old woman in the Sarasota area developed hypothermia and died after her roof caved in and she became stuck in floodwaters. A 96-year-old man drowned after getting trapped under a parked car in Charlotte…
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New Florida Community Survived Hurricane Virtually Unscathed After Being Designed for Resilience

By Andy Corbley   10/05/22  
Even as two million Floridians lost power during the recent Hurricane Ian, one unique community survived intact.
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Florida leaders rejected climate laws. Now they’re seeking storm aid.

By Christopher Flavelle and Jonathan Weisman   10/04/22  
Senior Republican politicians in the state have opposed federal action against global warming, which is making storms like Hurricane Ian more destructive.
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Strange Scenes of Ian: From a Doorbell Camera

By Rebecca Halleck and Others   10/04/22  
Hurricane Ian’s menace sent homeowners around Florida scurrying to safer parts while their technology stood sentry. Home camera security systems served as the unflinching eyes and ears for anxious people whose homes were in the…
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Photos: Striking Before and After Photographs Over Hurricane Ian’s Path

By Derek Hawkins   10/04/22  
Few Places experienced hurricane Ian's destructive power like Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and the surrounding area
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Three Ways to Build Back Smarter After Hurricane Ian

By Elena Shao   10/03/22  
The damage from Hurricane Ian will very likely run into the tens of billions of dollars and scientists say the United States can expect more severe storms like it as the planet heats up. They…
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Their paradise lost to Ian, Sanibel residents hope its spirit survives

By Molly Hennessey-Fiske   10/02/22  
Crossing the causeway bridge from the mainland, visitors’ first glimpse of this cherished Gulf Coast getaway was often Point Ybel Light, an iron tower built in 1884 at the tip of the 33 square-mile spit…
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Floridians hit by hurricane face gridlock, flooding, extensive damage

By Tim Craig   10/01/22  
Search and rescue efforts continued along Florida’s west coast as residents confronted the sweeping devastation and rising death toll wrought by Hurricane Ian, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall in the continental…
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On Florida’s Islands, Scenes of Paradise Lost, Maybe for Good

By Jennifer Reed and Others   09/30/22  
Mitch Pacyna and his wife had weathered other hurricanes in their 27 years on this sandy stripe of barrier island and decided to ride out Hurricane Ian at home.
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Before Hurricane Ian, Florida’s Southwest Coast Was a Place to Escape the Chaos

By Jennifer Reed and Others   09/29/22  
Jessica Cosden’s family was huddled together at home as roofs rattled, trees crashed down and surging waters filled the 400 miles of canals lacing their city. Then everything went dark. “We just lost power,” Ms.…
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Here’s Where All The Strongest Hurricanes Have Hit the U.S. in the Past 50 Years

By Solcyre Burga   09/29/22  
Hurricane Ian devastated southern Florida on Wednesday afternoon when it hit as a Category 4 storm, causing intense flooding and leaving 2.5 million Floridians without power.
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Hurricane Ian’s Staggering Scale of Wreckage Becomes Clearer in Florida

By Patricia Mazzei and Others   09/29/22  
The extent of Hurricane Ian’s destruction became clearer on Thursday as people across southwestern Florida, left without electricity, drinking water or inhabitable homes, began to assess the damage and gird for what Gov. Ron DeSantis…
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‘Historic’ flooding slams Florida as Ian turns toward the Carolinas

By multiple authors   09/29/22  
Early assessments offered a grim look at widespread damage as rescuers struggled to reach stranded Floridians. The storm is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane and make landfall again in South Carolina. Our reporters…
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Here’s why Hurricane Ian is sucking water out of Tampa Bay.

By Elena Shao   09/28/22  
Even as some parts of Florida’s coast experience a catastrophic surge of seawater over their shores, Hurricane Ian has pushed water out of Tampa Bay, leaving it less than a foot deep in some areas.
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Cat. 5 storms making landfall in U.S. are rare. But three out of the four smashed Florida

By Clara-Sophia Daly   09/28/22  
Before touching down around 3 p.m at Cayo Costa, an island off Captiva that’s accessible only by boat and has few full-time residents, it had been swirling around the southwest Florida coast with maximum sustained…
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Maps show how millions of people have moved into Hurricane Ian’s path

By Simon Ducroquet, Brady Dennis and John Muyskens   09/28/22  
Florida’s allure has been a constant for generations. But recent decades have brought more transplants — and more development — than ever. In few places is that more apparent than along the swath of coastline…
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Factbox: The worst hurricanes in Florida’s history as Ian takes aim

09/27/22  
Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida's Gulf Coast later this week, possibly as a Category 3 storm, prompting residents to prepare for life-threatening conditions. As Florida braces for Hurricane Ian, here are the five…
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Florida prepares for Ian’s impact ‘one way or the other’ as hurricane strengthens

By Scott Dance and Others   09/26/22  
Evacuation orders expanded by the hour along Florida’s Gulf Coast on Monday as officials warned residents to prepare for powerful, widespread impacts from a strengthening Hurricane Ian — a storm on its way to becoming…
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Ian strengthens on perilous path toward Florida

By Matthew Cappucci and Others   09/25/22  
Tropical Storm Ian is gaining strength as it continues to churn through the northwestern Caribbean. It is set to slam western Cuba before turning north and aiming toward Florida later this week. A period of…
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Rising seas could swallow millions of U.S. acres within decades

By Brady Dennis   09/08/22  
New research finds an estimated 25,000 properties in Louisiana could slip below tidal boundary lines by 2050. Florida, Texas and North Carolina also face profound economic risks.
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These hurricane flood maps reveal the climate future for Miami, NYC and D.C.

By Jenny Staletovich and Others   07/28/22  
As climate change warms the planet, drives up sea levels and energizes hurricanes, the arsenal of dangerous impacts delivered by the fierce storms is expected to get supercharged. Among the most worrisome: powerful flooding from…
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‘This is not a survivable market.’ Insurance crisis hits Fla.

By Thomas Frank   06/22/22  
FedNat’s pullback is the latest in a stunning series of insurance cancellations, nonrenewals and company liquidations that have left Florida residents struggling to find coverage at the start of a hurricane season that is projected…
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Florida solidifies its status as the nation’s waste-to-energy capital with supportive new law

By Cole Rosengren   06/22/22  
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law (SB 1764) on Monday to establish a financial assistance program for power purchase agreements at municipally-owned solid waste combustion facilities, as well as grants to potentially incentivize capacity…
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NextEra Energy plans to cut all carbon emissions by 2045, partly via FPL adding 140 GW of solar, storage

By Ethan Howland   06/14/22  
Outside Florida, NextEra aims to help decarbonize the utility and other sectors through its NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary. NextEra sees a roughly $4 trillion investment opportunity in decarbonizing the U.S. economy by 2050, a move…
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Tropical Weather Floods Miami Streets, Stranding Some Motorists

By Eric Adelson and Others   06/04/22  
In Miami, drivers faced slashing rains and impassable streets that disrupted the city and surrounding areas throughout Saturday. The city’s fire department responded to several people caught in cars amid the rising waters, rescuing residents…
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This Year’s Hurricane Season Threatens One Of The U.S.’s Biggest Economies

By Alejandro De La Garza   06/02/22  
As the June 1 start of hurricane season approached last week, Florida lawmakers raced to address a crucial gap in the state’s coastal defenses: property insurance. Insurance markets in the state are in crisis, with…
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Citing cost pressures on homeowners, DeSantis vetoes bill to end solar incentives

By Mary Ellen Klas   04/28/22  
“Given that the United States is experiencing the worst inflation in 40 years and that customers have seen steep increases in the price of gas and groceries, as well as escalating bills, the state of…
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States’ solar fights pinpoint tensions between environmentalists and utility companies

By Vanessa Montalbano   03/31/22  
Lawmakers in Florida are clamping down on solar incentives for homeowners, escalating a years-long fight between clean energy advocates and politically powerful utility companies.
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Florida passes net metering bill that will gut rooftop solar, advocates say, as they call for a veto

By Lulia Gheorghiu   03/08/22  
The Florida Senate on Monday passed a bill 24-15 that has been criticized by distributed solar advocates as an attempt to gut rooftop solar in the state. The bill had already gotten approval in the…
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Wildfires in Florida Panhandle prompt evacuations

By Alyssa Lukpat and Isabella Grullón Paz   03/05/22  
Three fast-moving wildfires in the Florida Panhandle have consumed more than 10,000 acres and forced the evacuation of more than 1,100 homes, the authorities said.
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Florida House passes bill to establish climate change resiliency office

By Zack Budryk   03/03/22  
The bill would require the state to develop a resilience strategy for its highways as well as a list of other resilience projects, with a list of priorities and cost estimates. It would also create…
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