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04/22/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Encourages Environmental Awareness


TALLAHASSEE — In recognition of Earth Day, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is encouraging all Floridians to step-up efforts to conserve energy, reduce waste, and recycle resources.

“Earth Day reminds us that we should make wise energy decisions at home and at work all year long,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II. “Using energy efficiently and conserving it whenever possible will also help you save money now, and in the future, by reducing your energy needs.”

The PSC’s commitment to energy conservation and renewable generation is highlighted by recent Commission actions to encourage additional renewable energy generation.

  • On March 4, 2008, the Commission approved a rule addressing net metering standards for Florida’s five investor-owned utilities. Net metering allows electric customers who own photovoltaic systems, or other renewable generation equipment, to receive credit for the extra electricity they supply back to the utility. By offsetting consumption through net metering, customers can carry energy credits forward to the next month's billing cycle.

  • The Commission conducted four informational workshops, from July through December 2007, to discuss establishing a state renewable portfolio standard (RPS). An RPS encourages renewable energy development by requiring utilities to generate a certain amount of power from renewable sources, usually by a certain date. The Commission’s summary of PSC findings from these workshops is available at:
    http://www.floridapsc.com/utilities/Files/PDF/Utilities/electricgas/RenewableEnergy/2008_03RPSSummaryFinal.doc.

  • Last year, the Commission approved two negotiated power contracts with new renewable generators totaling approximately 120MW. Many municipal and public utilities also have green pricing programs that encourage further development of renewable generation.

  • Since January 2008, the Commission has approved two renewable energy contracts totaling more than 80MW, one using landfill gas as fuel and one using waste wood products. Together, they will produce enough electricity to power almost 48,000 homes.

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 monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

 



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