TALLAHASSEE, FL –Today, Energy Fairness filed an amicus brief with the Florida Supreme Court in support of Attorney General Ashley Moody’s challenge to the proposed electricity deregulation constitutional amendment. Energy Fairness Executive Director Paul Griffin released the following statement:
“Energy Fairness strongly opposes the so called “Energy Choice” ballot initiative. Like the policy it seeks to implement, we believe the proposed ballot initiative is severely defective.
“The initiative violates Florida’s single subject law by addressing multiple policy matters and also contains language that is unclear, ambiguous, and misleading. Additionally, the initiative alters dozes of functions of several branches of government, violating Florida’s ballot initiative law.
“The initiative’s language does not disclose its primary purpose, which is to eliminate Investor Owned Utilities, not afford consumers choice and competition. The initiative states that in order to have so called “choice,” consumers must first give up their right to choose their current electricity provider.
“If enacted, the amendment would create chaos and confusion for consumers, with higher rates and fraud. Florida already pays rates lower than those in deregulated states. This amendment would negatively impact services for millions of citizens and cost billions to implement. As we have seen in other states, deregulation does not work.
“Florida’s economy cannot afford to have this costly and harmful initiative on the ballot in 2020. Energy Fairness will work to ensure it is not.”
Click HERE to read the full Energy Fairness brief.
Energy Fairness is a national non-profit energy policy organization dedicated to protecting an affordable and reliable supply of energy for consumers.