2014 Legislative Session Winner: Duke Energy

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We think of a legislative win as being something that was proposed or killed, something amended or whipped up at the 23rd hour that makes its way into law. But other wins are quieter. They are wins in the form of… nothing.

Plenty has been written about the forces that lobby not for change but for the status quo. And when it comes to these dynamics in Florida, 2014 has one true winner: Duke Energy.

Duke Energy has quietly, expertly pulled a major win in the form of “nothing.” Despite all of the negative press the company has endured this past year — especially from the Tampa Bay Times — there was nary a mention about legislation impacting Duke’s nuclear cost recovery fees. No rolling back of these fees, no new reporting requirements, nada, zilch.

While at least two bills were filed relating to nuclear cost recovery fees, neither was heard in any of the six or so committees of reference.

Duke’s team of 17 lobbyists did something right to take an issue of wide contention and broad public dismay and diffuse it fully before even an inch was gained.  

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.