SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Nexstar Network, a national association which represents independent plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical residential contractors, announced that they have joined the MEP Coalition for Fair Competition. The coalition recently organized to oppose Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) entrance into the home services market including air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical services.
Nexstar represents over 600 member companies and becomes the second national association to join the coalition. The other national association to endorse the campaign was Arlington, Virginia-based Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Coalition members also include the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRACCA) and all of its eight regional associations.
FPL entered the home services market using a subsidiary called FPL Energy Services.
“Nexstar was founded by members for members to help these companies succeed,” said Jack Tester, president and CEO of Nexstar Network. “FPL’s predatory practices go against everything we represent. For example, our mission is to guide and develop the service provider by advising them on best practices in the industry. To have a ratepayer-funded monopoly enter this space is not only a gross misuse of public resources but also creates an unfair playing field upon which even the best companies would be unable to compete. Therefore, we will do everything in our power to protect our member companies and ensure fair competition.”