It looks like the “Occupy Wall Street” spirit is spreading to Florida energy issues.

A coalition of environmentalists and clean energy advocates opposed to, among other things, new nuclear reactors proposed for Florida, partnered with Occupy activists to hold a demonstration this weekend in Miami.

"That was sort of first date between the two groups," said Matt Schwartz, an organizer who is executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association.

Meanwhile, regulators who approved allowing Florida Power & Light to charge customers $196 million next year for proposed nuclear power plant expansions were slammed by some Sun Sentinel readers who called or wrote this week, several complaining of corporate influence and greed – a key theme of the Occupy movement.

FPL Spokesman Mark Bubriski said most of the $196 million is for FPL's plans to expand the four existing reactors and work on that is "well underway," saving customers about $1 million a month in energy costs. Federal regulators are expected to approve two of the expansions by the end of the year.

Anthony Morello, a retired business manager in Tamarac, noted a Sun Sentinel article Tuesday about the nuclear costs was above a story about how food stamps are on the rise due to unemployment.

"If they're a private company making profit, they have to decide whether to do this without saddling the people with costs, especially in these economic times. What are these people supposed to do to...who can't afford their mortgages or pay their rent?" he said. "These big companies...must have friends in the state government."

Another reader said the state's Public Service Commission, which oversees utility rates and quality of service, should be elected instead of chosen by legislators and the governor.

"How do you approve something like new rates, when you don't even know the true costs?" David Mitchell, a retired chief plumbing inspector in Pembroke Pines, wrote in an email. "Enough is enough."

A 2006 state law allows utilities to charge customers for planning and design costs of new nuclear reactors before they're built or approved in order to encourage expanding nuclear power in Florida. Lawmakers who supported the idea said nuclear energy provides a cheap, clean and reliable source of power.

FPL officials have said nuclear power from its four existing reactors is one of the reasons the utility's monthly bill for a customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours is the lowest in the state.