Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is a non-partisan, non-profit (c4) organization striving to make clean energy solutions to climate change a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action and electoral accountability here in the Southeast.
There is an urgent need to address climate change impacts and unlock our untapped renewable energy resources to create new jobs, energy stability and reduce pollution. Even though the elections of 2014 sent more opponents of climate action to Washington and to our state capitols, the majority of Americans believe that climate change is real and that humans are causing it, and they support clean energy solutions in overwhelming numbers.
We work throughout the region to engage concerned citizens and decision makers about energy policy, but few states are as critical to the discussion as Florida. As the nation’s third most populous state (recently surpassing New York), Florida is the largest electricity market in the United States that does not have coherent energy policy. Florida’s actions – or lack of – on climate and energy can and will impact the energy debate in our country and potentially international policy. The state also has a lot to lose from inaction on climate and energy issues: the impact of sea level rise and increasingly powerful storm surges threaten millions of Floridians who live in low-lying areas and powerful monopoly utilities have erected barriers to prevent people and businesses from tapping into an abundant, clean energy source: the sun!
Three different initiatives in Florida are providing opportunities for citizens and business leaders to engage in energy policy and the SACE Action Fund is proud to be a supporter of these efforts:
YesOn4 is a summer 2016 campaign designed to build support for Amendment 4 — a grassroots supported, bi-partisan amendment on the August 30th ballot, not to be confused with the utility-backed proposal on the November ballot. Learn more about Amendment 4 and the benefits it would bring to Florida here.
Floridians for Solar Choice is a grassroots citizens’ effort to allow more homes and businesses to generate electricity by harnessing the power of the sun. Floridians for Solar Choice is promoting a Florida constitutional amendment ballot initiative that would give Florida’s families and businesses the right to choose solar power. Learn more about the Floridians for Solar Choice effort here.
What’s Your Plan, Gov? is a campaign dedicated to making sure Florida’s governor has a plan to leave our children and grandchildren a planet that is not polluted or unsafe; invest in clean solar power and create jobs for Floridians; hold accountable the electric monopolies that currently have no limits on their carbon pollution from burning coal, and protect public health from harmful pollution. We are calling on Floridians to ask Florida’s Governor…“What’s your plan, Gov?“ You can learn more about this campaign here.