The New Florida Majority released the following statement upon hearing that the state’s Public Service Commission had approved Florida Power & Lights’ latest plans for a fracked gas-powered plant in Dania Beach:
We are disappointed with the Public Service Commission’s decision to approve the FPL’s expansion of its current plant in Dania Beach without formal community input and approval.
Community residents have made it clear that they are worried that the current design fails to utilize solar energy and is dependent on fracked gas that will be pumped in from out of state. They have asked for a public meeting with elected leaders and FPL staff to answer the questions that still remain, including whether the rebuilt and expanded plant will rely on the fracked gas plants that they are heavily invested in other states.
Elected officials in Dania Beach and in the Florida Cabinet that continue to be part of the approval process should respect the will of the people. Residents deserve a meeting — in person and face to face.
We join with community residents in demanding that FPL and local government officials participate in a public meeting to answer these and any other outstanding questions. It’s a question of respect. Otherwise, this project risks becoming just another example of how low-income neighborhoods and communities of color disproportionately pay the high cost of electricity and unhealthy environmental impacts in the guise of economic development and efficiency.
NewFM has been working with Dania Beach residents as part of a larger effort to to train and empower community residents to take a more active role in ensuring that local energy decisions are in the best interest of ratepayers. PowerforAllFL events have included delivering testimony to the Public Service Commission in Tallahassee, private meetings with local elected officials and a neighborhood canvassing.
The New Florida Majority is an independent organization working to increase the voting and political power of marginalized and excluded constituencies toward an inclusive, equitable, and just Florida. We believe that a strong democracy for all makes a better Florida for everyone. For more information, visit http://www.newfloridamajority.org