The Florida Supreme Court approved language for a ballot initiative seeking to allow third-party sale of solar electricity. Led by Floridians for Solar Choice, the initiative must now collect 683,149 certified signatures by February 1, 2016 in order to appear on the November 2016 ballot.
A change in state policy would likely result in significant changes to the solar model in Florida and open the market to competitive providers. Third-party solar providers would be attracted to a good solar resource and large electricity market. Third-party sale of electricity would call into question some fundamental tenets of the traditional utility regulatory compact, such as universal service, obligation to serve, and exclusive franchise service territory.
LA Times: Aggressive Rooftop Solar Proposal Clears Key Legal Hurdle
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