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12/19/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Endorses the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has endorsed the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (NAP). The NAP was developed by more than 50 organizations that were brought together by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The organizations include retail companies, utility companies, consumer groups, state energy offices, and public service commissions.

The NAP outlines policy recommendations for creating a national commitment to energy efficiency by gas and electric utilities, utility regulators, state energy offices, and partner organizations. Florida has been a leader over the years in developing long-term energy efficiency goals and programs. As early as 1981, the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA) was adopted to require electric and gas utilities to offer efficiency programs to customers to help utilities reduce the demand for energy. The Florida Public Service Commission annually reviews each utility’s energy efficiency programs and recently has approved an expansion of conservation programs for Florida Power and Light, Progress Energy Florida, Inc. and Tampa Electric Company.

From 1980 through 2005, demand-side management and efficiency programs in Florida have reduced winter peak demand by 5,563 MW and summer demand by 4,951 MW, as outlined in the 2006 FEECA report to the Florida Legislature.

For more information or a copy of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, visit http://www.epa.gov/cleanrgy/actionplan/eeactionplan.htm



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