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03/03/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Staff to Discuss Renewable Energy


TALLAHASSEE — Promoting the development of renewable energy resources and creating a more balanced fuel supply for Florida will be the focal point of discussions between the state’s investor-owned electric utilities, representatives from the renewable generation sector, and Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) staff on Monday, March 6. 

In December, Commissioners directed staff to conduct a workshop to address recent legislation and explore opportunities to promote the growth of renewable generation.

Renewable energy sources are divided into several broad categories: solar, wind, water, biomass, and hydrogen.  Florida’s renewable electric production is largely derived from municipal solid waste (MSW), biomass materials such as agricultural and wood waste used as fuel in boilers, and waste heat recovered from industrial manufacturing processes. In Florida, renewable resources provide approximately three percent of the state’s electricity. These resources have the potential to minimize the volatility of fuel costs and help diversify fuel types, easing Florida's growing dependence on natural gas for electric production.  

Information obtained at this workshop may be used by the Commission when considering future contracts for the purchase of renewable generation. The workshop will be held at the following time and location:

Monday, March 6, 2006

9:30 a.m.

Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 148

4075 Esplanade Way

Tallahassee, Florida

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