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Wal-Mart Wants More Credit For Energy Conservation

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Wal-Mart doesn’t think it should have to pay an energy conservation charge on its power bill, arguing it already conserves enough power. But environmentalists are opposing the retail giant’s proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission.

George Cavros, an attorney with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, says Wal-Mart and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group don’t offer enough guarantees that they’ll meet their energy conservation goals.

“What’s been proposed by Wal-Mart and some of the industrial users is a poorly designed concept to allow them to opt out of paying their fair share of utility energy efficiency efforts.”

The state’s largest utilities are opposed. The PSC has set aside two days for a hearing beginning July 22.