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Sarasota squares off against FPL in order to pursue greater renewable energy projects: News. Politics. Media

As its franchise agreement with energy giant Florida Power & Light comes up for renewal for the first time in a generation, Sarasota leaders are taking the opportunity to aggressively renegotiate the terms that govern how FPL provides power to the city. And Sarasota is not alone. In their attempts to renew 30-year-old franchise contracts with cities and counties around the state, FPL and other Florida energy giants are increasingly squaring off against municipalities that are demanding shorter-term agreements and more flexibility on issues like renewable energy projects and franchise fees.