Political spending by utilities has jumped, boosted by opposition to rooftop solar

According to the report, the state’s top four energy companies — FPL, Duke Energy, TECO and Gulf Power — also spent heavily on their lobbying expenditures and political contributions in the last four years. From 2014 to 2017, the four companies spent more than $6 million on legislative lobbying. they have also hired about 100 lobbyists, or one for every two state legislators, the report said.