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10/24/2011 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Commissioner Lisa Edgar to Observe Net Metering in Action for Energy Awareness Month


TALLAHASSEE — Commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar will observe firsthand how the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) net metering rule is working thanks to a Progress Energy Florida (PEF) customer voluntarily displaying his solar photovoltaic system for National Energy Awareness Month.

On Wednesday, October 26, Commissioner Edgar, who chaired the PSC when the net metering rule was approved, will visit Kenneth Celmer’s Orlando residence to see his photovoltaic system, operational since June.  His usual $350 August and September electric bills went down to $109 and $99 respectively.  To date, Celmer has saved more than $300.

The PSC’s net metering rule enables customers to easily interconnect their systems with the utility’s grid and requires that any excess energy delivered to the utility be credited on the customers’ next bills.  Since its implementation in 2006, the PSC’s expanded net metering rule has helped grow the state’s customer-owned renewable generation.  Last year alone, homes and businesses using solar, and other renewables, increased by 75 percent.

The Energy Awareness Month event is scheduled for the following time and location:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
10:00 a.m.
12524 Winfield Scott Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32837

October’s Energy Awareness Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, and this year’s theme is, “Turn Words into Action; Turn Action into Results.”  Consumer tips from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site are located at http://www.eere.energy.gov.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.



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