BREAKING UPDATE: Florida Supreme Court denies solar advocates’ bid to block Amendment 1
In a move that is certain to heighten the debate over Florida’s solar Amendment 1, the Florida Supreme Court moved swiftly today to preserve its presence on next Tuesday’s ballot. See previous BREAKING post on the filing by Florida’s investor-owned utilities who requested, and now have received, prompt action.
The Court stated: “The ‘Motion for Relief from Judgment or Order, or Alternative Motion to Reopen Case Due to Fraud or Other Misconduct on the Court on the Part of Proponents of Citizen Initiative” is hereby denied.”
From the leading advocacies for solar in Florida:
Patrick Altier, president of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association:
“We are disappointed by today’s decision from the Florida Supreme Court as we know Amendment 1 to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We strongly believe the proposed ballot measure is deceptive, and call upon the citizens of Florida to vote no Amendment 1.”
Dr. Stephen Smith, of Floridians for Solar Choice:
“We wanted to give the Court an opportunity to clean up the mess they have made by approving this amendment for the ballot. Now its game on: we have a Solar Uprising happening in the Sunshine State.