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05/16/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Gives Boost to Renewable Energy Generation


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission has given a big boost to renewable energy suppliers.  The five-member commission has ordered the investor-owned utilities to offer a variety of contract options to purchase electricity from renewable generating facilities.

Renewable facilities generate electricity from burning solid waste, vegetable matter and other renewable sources.  “Offering renewable generators a menu of contract pricing options will encourage the development of renewable resources as an alternative energy source in Florida,” said Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar.

In addition, the Commissioners voted to initiate rulemaking to further discuss ways to encourage renewable generation. These rulemaking proceedings will be open to the public for comment.

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