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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: “Vote YES on Constitutional Amendment 1”

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For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Contact:
Sarah Bascom, sarah@bascomllc.com
Kristen Bridges, kristen@bascomllc.com

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: “Vote YES on Constitutional Amendment 1”

Orlando, Fla. – On the heels of the Florida Professional Firefighters announcing their support of Amendment 1,Consumers for Smart Solar—a diverse, bipartisan coalition of business, civic and faith leaders—today announced that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are encouraging Florida voters to vote yes on Constitutional Amendment 1 this November.

In their recommendation, IBEW states:

Amendment 1:

  • Guarantees the right to place solar panels on your home
  • Allows consumers to own or lease their solar panels and equipment
  • Provides consumer protections so those who choose solar are not subject to overbilling or long-term contracts
  • Provides consumer protections so those that do not choose solar are not forced to subsidize those that do

Why VOTE YES on Amendment 1?

  • Amendment 1 will assist in promoting increased use of solar power in Florida
  • By making it a Florida constitutional right to be able to own your own solar panels, consumers will have the certainty necessary to make this investment
  • The increased use of solar power is projected to increase job opportunities for IBEW members
  • Expansion by solar companies and the introduction of new ones into the market are all opportunities for our members

To view IBEW’s recommendation in full, please visit http://bit.ly/2ed6BDV.

IBEW represents approximately 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.

“Today’s announcement by the International Brotherhood Electrical Workers’ in support of Amendment 1 is further proof that our amendment is the right way to do solar in Florida,” said ‘Yes on 1’ Co-chairman Dick Batchelor.  “Amendment 1 gives Floridians a history opportunity to advance solar in our Sunshine State, while ensuring our energy future is safeguarded with the proper consumer rights, consumer protections and consumer fairness, whether they choose solar or not.”

Amendment 1 guarantees that Floridians will always have the right to own their own solar equipment and generate their own electricity.  It also makes sure that solar has to play by the same consumer protection rules as other energy sources, and ensures that all residents are treated fairly, whether they choose to put solar panels on their home or not.  The ballot language is as follows:

Rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice

This amendment establishes a right under Florida’s constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use.  State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do.

Standing in support of ‘Yes on 1 for the Sun’ are the following groups: