mike_sole_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Sole has a new job with Florida's biggest electric utility.

Florida Power & Light Co. on Tuesday confirmed it has hired Sole, who headed the state environmental agency from 2007 until he resigned last month.

FLP Vice President for Regulatory and State Governmental Affairs Eric Silagy wrote a memo to his staff last week announcing Sole had joined the company as vice president of governmental affairs under Silagy.

Sole will lobby state executive branch agencies except for the Department of Environmental Protection.