On January 1, 2022, a merger between Gulf Power and Florida Power & Light (FPL) has resulted in power bills for some customers doubling or even tripling.
Levin Papantonio Rafferty is helping to lead a campaign to get the Florida Public Service Commission to reconsider its approval of the utility rate, or at the very least hold public hearings on the issue.
Below are some of the news stories on the issue:
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Florida senator, Levin Papantonio Rafferty attorney request hearing from FP&L
Senator Doug Broxson told Channel 3 he's calling FP&L to see if they'll have a full-fledged hearing before the Florida Public Service Commission -- something a Pensacola attorney says is long overdue.
"If you can't do anything, what are you doing in Tallahassee, why did we send you there?" Mike Papantonio, Levin Papantonio Rafferty attorney asked.
Papantonio got heated in an interview with Channel 3 Thursday about what he thinks should be done regarding Florida Power & Light's rate increases.
Papantonio says lawmakers need to be demanding more hearings.
"I want them to understand this is a long fight, this isn't going to be over next week, or next month, unless they demand that these politicians do what they're supposed to do, demand another hearing," Papantonio said.
Channel 3 took these concerns to Senator Doug Broxson. He says that's exactly what he plans to do -- asking FP&L to have a full-fledged hearing before the Public Service Commission. A hearing that duplicates everything the hearing in Tallahassee had.
Read the entire story at WEAR Feb 17, 2022
What You Need to Know About NextEra’s Role in Your Increased Utility Bill (There’s A Lot)
The last few months have seen a lot of focus on Florida Power & Light (FPL). However, local residents might want to shift their gaze a little higher up the corporate chain—all the way up to FP&L’s parent company, NextEra Energy—if they want real answers to the baffling blow of Florida’s explosive utility rates.
NextEra has been generating its own headlines lately, and anyone worried about FPL’s debilitating utility rates should be paying close attention to what’s being said. A lot of it has to do with energy, but the machine that drives what’s happening in Florida is really the bigger story.
In this article, Levin Papantonio Rafferty provides a timeline of events.
Read the entire story at LevinLaw Feb 9, 2022
Papantonio responds to lawmakers on FPL rates
Attorney Mike Papantonio came on “Real News” on WCOA this morning to respond to state lawmakers who have blamed President Biden for Florida Power & Light’s rate increase. FPL customers have seen their electricity bills double – in some cases, nearly triple – over the past few weeks.
Papantonio laughed off the assertions that the Biden Administration caused the spike.
“Joe Biden is not exactly a rocket scientist,” said Papantonio. “He’s not the best president we’ve had, but to blame this on him is just beyond belief.”
He found fault with FPL’s parent company, NextEra. The attorney said, “They’re one of the biggest delivery companies of energy in the world. It’s $147 billion-in-asset company. They’re Fortune 500. I think maybe they’re somewhere around 100 on the Fortune 500 list. Last year, they made $17 billion. That’s what’s driving this.”
He continued, “There’s no hocus-pocus here. It’s just very clear. They want to make more money, and they don’t care who they roll over.”
Read the entire story at InWeekly Feb 8, 2022
Pensacola law firm says it will fight FPL utility bill increases
A prominent Pensacola law firm wants the Florida Public Service Commission to reconsider its approval of a utility rate increase for Florida Power & Light customers in Northwest Florida.
Mike Papantonio from the Levin Papantonio Rafferty Law Firm said he sent a letter to the Commission Tuesday, Feb. 1 with the goal of getting it to at least review the rate hike or find a way to lower it.
“We are being covered up with folks in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties who want us to sue (Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis) and the Public Service Commission Board for the unconscionable rate increases residents in Northwest Florida are now experiencing,” the letter reads. “My end goal is to engage in discovery where that discovery is made public about how the Public Service Commission and the Governor allowed these energy corporation bandits to pillage North Florida.”
Read the entire story at WKRG Feb 2, 2022
'A major hustle': Levin Papantonio Rafferty ready to fight FPL bill increases
A Pensacola law firm is taking on the fight against utility rate increases in Northwest Florida.
Levin Papantonio Rafferty launched a public effort against the Florida Public Service Commission decision that allowed it -- starting with a letter.
Mike Papantonio sent the letter to the Public Service Commission Tuesday night. He says their office has seen countless messages and calls about customers in Northwest Florida reporting power bills jumping hundreds of dollars.
Channel 3 sat down with Papantonio Wednesday morning. He says the law firm can't sue -- but explained what his office will do instead.
"There is really no straight-up lawsuit here," Papantonio said. "Because this commission, unfortunately, the way the law is written, has this extraordinary immunity to make these types of decisions -- administrative kind of decisions. So there is not much we can do there. But there is something we can do, and that is to have these people in our community understand that this was a hustle -- a major hustle."
Part of that is a public campaign where Papantonio plans to explain to customers how this happened.
Read the entire story at WEAR Feb 2, 2022
Could Florida turn off the sun? Advocates say a utility-backed bill imperils rooftop solar in the Sunshine State
Steve Rutherford had a unique mission as a Navy SEAL: Help the military harness the power of the sun.
Traces of his work could be seen around Afghanistan starting in 2010. The solar panels he installed turned the desert's relentless rays into energy that kept bases operating even when cut off from diesel lines.When he retired from the military in 2011, Rutherford expected Florida would be a more inviting climate to install solar panels than war-torn Afghanistan. He started Tampa Bay Solar and within a decade, grew it into a 30-person operation with plans to expand. But now, the retired commander told CNN he is fighting for his livelihood.
A bill moving through the state legislature, backed by a powerful utility company, would slash the financial benefits of rooftop solar panels. Opponents of the legislation -- including environmental groups, solar builders and the state NAACP -- say if it passes, a fast-growing green power industry would be turned off overnight, casting a dark cloud over solar's prospects in the Sunshine State.
"It's going to be a crusher for the solar industry," said Rutherford, who predicted he would have to lay off much of his workforce. "For 90% of the people that work for me, this will be a significant blow for their pocketbooks."
Read the entire story at CNN Jan 23, 2022