“It’s a balance,” said Mayco Villafana, FPL spokesman. “If you do too much energy efficiency, a la what the conservationists are asking for, you are going to increase electric rates. You are reducing consumption but you still have to pay for existing power plants, transmission lines plus any new
It’s a classic chicken-and-egg dilemma for the utility regulators. They’ve let the companies start charging customers for new nuclear power and natural
gas-powered generators based on the companies’ predictions that Florida needs to double it electricity capacity by 2050. But if conservation reduces demand, will existing customers be forced to pay more?
“How outrageous is that?” asked Kristin Jacobs, a Broward County commissioner and chairman of the county’s Climate Change Task Force. “We should just continue to stumble along in our wasteful excessive ways?”