The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today ordered Progress Energy Florida (PEF), Tampa Electric Company (TECO), and Gulf Power Company (Gulf) to comply with the Commission’s conservation goals set last year. Commissioners included energy and demand savings from solar pilot programs to count toward meeting the goal requirements, but required PSC staff to conduct a future workshop to address how dollars from solar projects are most appropriately allocated.
Most Demand Side Management plans proposed by PEF, TECO, and Gulf fell short of meeting the PSC-established annual goals for at least two years, with some plans failing to meet goal requirements for up to six of the ten years covered by each program. With no goal modifications or waivers requested, the three investor-owned utilities have 30 days to file revised plans that meet the kilowatt (kW) and kilowatt-hour (kWh) savings goals. Customer rate impacts will not be known until revised plans are filed.
The Commission is required to set goals, at least once every five years, for each of the seven utilities subject to the 1980 Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA). FEECA is designed to reduce the need for additional power plants and use of fossil fuels by requiring utilities to implement cost-effective energy efficiency programs. Other companies subject to FEECA include Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC), Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), and JEA.
Plans for two municipal utilities, JEA and OUC, have been approved. JEA’s plan was approved today, while OUC’s plan was approved by the Commission in August. DSM plans for FPL and FPUC are scheduled for Commission review on September 28.
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