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12/18/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Proposes Amendments to Net Metering and Interconnection Rule


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) today proposed amendments to a rule addressing net metering and expedited interconnection standards. The amendments promote development and expedite interconnection of customer-owned renewable generation, as well as minimize costs for customers attempting to interconnect to their utility.

“These changes are intended to encourage development of customer-owned renewable generation, which protects the environment and stimulates the state’s economy,” Commission Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar said.  “These amendments will help offset electric consumption and diversify the types of fuel used to generate electricity in Florida, and provide renewable energy alternatives for agriculture, residential consumers and businesses.”

The rule amendments proposed today include: (1) expanding the size of eligible systems from 10 kW to 2 MW; (2) expanding the type of eligible systems from solely photovoltaic to all renewable technologies; (3) expediting the interconnection of customer-owned renewable generation; and (4) allowing customers to offset consumption through net metering.

Increased development of renewable generation expected as a result of the amended rule will enhance fuel diversity and reliability, benefitting ratepayers and utilities. Customer-owned renewable generation is an effective conservation measure by reducing the amount of electricity purchased from utilities.

If no comments or requests for hearing are received, the rule amendments as proposed will be filed for adoption with the Secretary of State.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitors safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

 



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