Survey: Floridians prefer ability to choose energy provider

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The Pensacola News-Journal published a follow-up to its investigative feature story on May 19 on Florida’s non-competitive electricity model with a recap of ACCES’ consumer survey and white paper, The Power of Choice: Consumer Preferences on Energy Choice in Florida and Ohio. ACCES spokesman, Michael Meath explained respondents’ views on the role of the Florida PUC while noting that Floridians are interested in a competitive market with safeguards in place.

The Pensacola News Journal 
Contact: Joseph Baucum 

Similar to the ability to choose a cellphone provider or automaker, the majority of Floridians want the freedom to select which company supplies them electricity, according to a new survey.

The American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers in Washington, D.C., released a report Wednesday that found 78 percent of surveyed residents in Florida believe that consumers should “be given competitive choices to meet their energy needs.”

The state currently does not allow for competition in retail energy. The majority of ratepayers live in the service area of one of four investor-owned monopoly utilities: Gulf Power Company, Florida Power & Light Company, Duke Energy of Florida or Tampa Electric. Based on the most recent figures from the Energy Information Administration, the four companies supply power to about 75 percent of the state’s customers.

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