Thomas Saporito, a former Florida Power & Light employee, has filed numerous complaints to federal and state agencies about the utility.
The most recent complaint, about FPL submitting inaccurate information to state regulators, apparently caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Saporito said an FBI agent informed him he will be interviewed in Jupiter on Friday about the complaint.
FPL spokesman Mark Bubriski questioned Saporito's credibility. "Since Saporito was fired more than 20 years ago, he has made hundreds of unfounded allegations against FPL and filed numerous frivolous lawsuits against companies ranging from GE to Publix. None of his baseless claims against FPL have ever been substantiated by any agency, and this is just more of the same," he said.
Saporito sent the complaint after the FBI dismissed his complaint about the utility stacking public comment hearings with its supporters and those with ties to the company.
"After a careful and thorough review of your complaint, we have determined that, at this time, there does not appear to be a violation within the FBI's jurisdiction which could be successfully prosecuted and proven beyond a reasonable doubt," John Gillies, an FBI special agent, wrote to Saporito in a letter the former FPL employee then filed to the PSC.
The outdated nuclear cost information revealed by an investigation FPL commissioned has sparked a court battle between FPL and the Florida Public Service Commission. The state's largest utility has asked an appellate court to keep Commissioner Nathan Skop from ruling on any of its regulatory proposals after he grilled the company about the outdated data.
Saporito is one of several former FPL employees who have written to the PSC in Skop's defense. Joe Laduca, who retired last year as an engineering manager at FPL's Turkey Point nuclear plant, told the PSC that while cost estimates were increasing for an FPL nuclear project, FPL was "significantly reducing the scope of replacing old equipment with new upgraded equipment" at the plant.
Both the PSC and FPL filed revised responses to the First District Court of Appeal.
FPL says that Skop's attitude about FPL has become increasingly hostile since June, when he was denied a second term on the commission, and the company is concerned it won't receive an impartial ruling at upcoming hearings on issues such as the utility's fuel costs and energy efficiency programs.
The PSC argues that removing Skop could have a chilling effect on the commission's ability to question companies it regulates.