WASHINGTON - JUNE 6 - Today’s vote to deny Florida
Power & Light’s application to build a massive pulverized coal plant in the
heart of the Everglades ecosystem puts the “public” back in the name Public
and Florida’s consumers and
environment are the winners.
Governor Crist, CFO Sink and
other state leaders deserve credit for putting global warming and clean energy
at the top of Florida’s policy agenda, as this was clearly a major factor in
Florida is in the crosshairs of global climate change
impacts, and with
this decision, the PSC has taken one big finger off the
Additionally, this decision will reassure taxpayers that
the billions we are spending to restore the Everglades will not be undermined by
allowing a huge new source of pollution in this treasured
This coal plant was the wrong technology, at the wrong
time, in the wrong place.
The Florida Public Service Commission’s unanimous vote to deny Florida Power &
Light’s proposal to build a massive, polluting coal-fired power plant in the
Everglades represents a huge victory for Florida’s
Today’s decision should send
a clear signal to other Florida utilities proposing new coal plants that state
policy-makers are charting a new course for Florida energy policy.
We have cheaper, faster and much cleaner ways to meet Florida’s
energy needs than building more coal plants. A focus on efficiency,
conservation and renewable energy sources would entirely displace the need for
any new coal plants, including the Everglades Coal Plant.”
Environment Florida is a non-profit,
statewide organization focused on protecting Florida's air, water and open
spaces. For more on this issue,
visit our website at www.EnvironmentFlorida.org.