GAINESVILLE, Fla. A proposed constitutional amendment that started in Alachua County would have given utility customers the ability to choose their provider.
But, the 'Energy Choice Amendment' has been blocked from the 2020 ballot by the state supreme court.
Justices took issue with the amendment claiming to grant Floridians the right to generate and sell their own electricity, but not specifically doing so in the text of the amendment.
Former City Commission Candidate Jim Konish said he is opposed to the ballot question.
"I think the idea of this kind of deregulation limited to investor-owned utilities would've actually cost the ratepayers a lot of money because it singles out the low-cost investor-owned utilities for deregulation while it leaves the municipal utilities such as GRU under the current system," he said.
Supporters of the initiative were about 100-thousand signatures short ahead of the deadline less than a month away.