Residents in Indian River have had enough of paying extra for electricity to Vero Beach utilities. Neighboring Indian River Shores is suing to get freak of being ripped off.
As expected, Indian River Shores last week refiled its complaint against Vero in Circuit Court, seeking relief on behalf of the 3,200 town residents in Vero’s electric-service area. The lawsuit differs slightly from the one filed last summer in that it focuses on the town’s right to choose its residents’ power provider.
…town councilmen say they’ve given Vero plenty of time and chances to lower rates. The city has done nothing, said Indian River Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot.
“We’ve really tried to go out of our way to be good neighbors,” Barefoot said.
Town councilmen said they needed to take action.
“They have to be good neighbors to us also,” Councilman Gerard Weick said.
Indian River Shores was hoping Vero could sell their electric to FPL but government agency FMPA is in the way.
FPL remains open to further discussions with the city about purchasing a portion of the system or the entire operation, spokesman David McDermitt said in a prepared statement. The company, which said a full or partial sale could bring significantly lower electric bills to Vero customers, blamed the halt to negotiations on the city’s contracts with the Florida Municipal Power Agency, which sells wholesale electricity to the city.
“The above-market (FMPA) power-purchase contracts continue to be an obstacle. Vero Beach customers, including those outside the city, continue to remain on the hook for millions of dollars in increased costs as a result of those high-priced FMPA contracts,” the FPL statement said.
FMPA is the same outfit that sells over-priced power to FPUA and it’s customers.Sign the Petition to Sell FPUA