Florida AFL-CIO passes resolution opposing Energy Choice Amendment
By Ryan Nicol September 26, 2019
The Florida AFL-CIO announced Thursday it is opposing the proposed 2020 amendment aiming to reduce utility companies’ control over the state’s energy market.
The amendment’s supporters say the measure will lead to deregulation, allowing smaller power companies to compete and giving consumers additional choices.
But critics argue the amendment is misleading. The Florida AFL-CIO echoed those concerns in a resolution opposing the measure.
“The ‘Energy Choice’ amendment is a deceptive electrical utility deregulation scheme to allow utility profiteers to get a financial advantage in the electric utility industry,” the resolution reads.
“The amendment would dismantle the current reliable and affordable utility industry and require electric utility companies to divest their generation facilities rendering thousands of union workers jobless.”
Supporters of the measure point to other states which have adopted deregulation, such as Texas and Georgia, which saw prices fall.
Florida AFL-CIO Executive Board Member J.B. Clark added a statement Thursday backing the group’s opposition to the amendment.
“There is little doubt that working Floridians will be devastated by the impacts of the ‘energy choice’ amendment,” Clark argued.
“This is why so many, including the Florida AFL-CIO, have banded together to oppose this dangerous proposal because the deceptive measure would leave families with higher utility costs and union workers jobless.”