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03/02/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Report Finds Cooperation Key To Reducing Energy Demand


TALLAHASSEE — Reducing energy consumption in Florida requires a combined effort from utility companies and individual consumers according to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) in its annual report on the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA), delivered to the Governor and Legislature today.

“Energy efficiency and conservation efforts practiced at home can make a big difference in residents’ utility bills and in conserving energy resources,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II.  “Each of us can make a positive difference to Florida’s energy future by choosing an energy efficient lifestyle.”

The Florida Legislature enacted FEECA in 1980 to help reduce demand for electricity.  The PSC sets energy savings goals and closely monitors conservation achievements for Florida Power & Light, Progress Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Company, Florida Public Utilities Company, Orlando Utilities Commission, Gulf Power Company and JEA.

Demand-side management efforts undertaken since FEECA’s enactment have successfully deferred the need for enough electric capacity to serve approximately 1.6 million households.  Utilities have also conducted more than 300,000 residential energy audits since the Act’s inception.

By distributing conservation materials at community events and partnering with organizations like the Walt Disney World’s Jiminy Cricket’s Environmentality Challenge and the National Energy Foundation, the PSC works to educate consumers on conservation.  Conservation brochures and helpful energy saving tips, including the PSC’s Conservation House, can be found at www.floridapsc.com.

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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