For just a moment during the legislative session, hope flickered that Tallahassee might stand up to Florida’s electric utilities. Then hope flickered out.
The hope came from a bill that would have undone a favor. Utilities get to charge customers for some costs of building new generating plants, but the plant actually has to start operating. Seven years ago, as part of a sweeping energy bill that passed with just one dissenting vote in the House and Senate — Susan Bucher, now Palm Beach County’s elections supervisor — the Legislature allowed utilities to charge for nuclear plant costs even if the plants never produce a kilowatt of electricity.
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