Dear OurJax Members,
The JEA Special Investigative Committee’s final report by counsel Steve Busey in January didn’t receive the news coverage or community conversation it deserved because of Covid-19 and other events. However, the results of the months long probe continue to cast a wide cloud of interest outside of Jacksonville.
The latest example appeared February 3, 2021 in a publication from the Energy And Policy Institute written by Daniel Tait. While lengthy, Tait’s reporting of the special committee’s conclusions are insightful, comprehensive, and well worth reading.
Tait wrote, “The report, which draws from months of sworn depositions and document productions, said the coordination between NextEra, its subsidiary Florida Power & Light (FPL), and the Curry administration, ‘suggest(ed) NextEra was the City’s expected purchaser.'”
In addition, Tait describes NextEra’s attempt to purchase Santee Cooper, a South Carolina Utility where the company’s “political spending and lobbying caught the attention of South Carolina lawmakers.”
“NextEra received favorable treatment in Jacksonville, despite the veneer of an open bidding process.”
Energy And Policy Institute, February 3, 2021
OurJax is sharing this report with you in our effort to keep our members informed about important issues in Jacksonville. We also do it as a reminder of how important your engagement has been in stopping abuses of the public trust like the attempted sale of JEA.
Thank you for believing in Jacksonville.