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Chairman Brise
Commission Update


Ronald A. Brisé
Chairman, FPSC
Planning For Your Future Energy Needs

Do you ever consider the planning required so you can turn on your lights? The electricity you and your 19.3 million fellow Floridians enjoy today is the result of strategic planning by Florida's utilities and review by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC).

In 2022, the estimated 21 million-plus Floridians will turn on their lights because of planning occurring today.

Florida Statutes require all major generating electric utilities to annually submit a Ten-Year Site Plan (TYSP) to the PSC for review. TYSPs contain each utility’s projections for electric power needs, fuel requirements, and planned additional generating units (size, general location, etc.), as well as major changes or additions to transmission facilities. Any generating utility in Florida planning to build a new unit larger than 75 megawatts (MW) within the ten-year planning horizon is required to file a TYSP. Otherwise, utilities with existing generating capacities below 250 MW are exempt from this statutory requirement.

Following an annual public workshop, this year on August 13, where utilities present their plans to Commissioners, the PSC studies each utility’s TYSP to determine whether it is suitable or unsuitable. Results are included in an annual report, Review of the Ten-Year Site Plans for Florida’s Electric Utilities. The Commission forwards this report to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for use in power plant siting proceedings and to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) for use in preparing long-range energy supply and demand forecasts.

In the PSC's 2012 report, the utilities' TYSPs identified a generating capacity increase of approximately 6,000 MW over the planning horizon, about a 3,000 MW decrease from the 2011 TYSPs. The 2012 Plans reflect recent construction, existing unit retirements and uprates, and new generating units—all natural gas—to be added during the ten-year horizon. As in previous planning cycles, the addition of these gas units increase the percentage of natural gas used in Florida to generate electricity.

During the 2012 Legislative Session, HB 7117—passed by the Legislature—now requires electric utilities to include information in their TYSPs on renewable energy produced or purchased and future plans for adding renewable energy resources. The new energy bill is the result of recommendations made by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam for increasing diversity in Florida’s energy portfolio, expanding production of alternative energy, and expediting permitting for growing of biofuel feedstocks.

HB 7117 also requires the PSC, in consultation with DACS, to contract for an independent evaluation of the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA) to determine if the Act remains in the public interest. The University of Florida/National Regulatory Research Institute team will conduct the evaluation for submittal to the Legislature and to the Governor by January 31, 2013. Established in 1980, FEECA was amended by the 2008 Legislature to emphasize the pursuit, through utility sponsored incentives, of all cost-effective customer conservation and energy efficiency measures, including demand-side renewable energy systems.

FEECA requires the PSC to establish goals, at least every five years, and approve cost-effective utility programs designed to meet numeric conservation goals. Some utility programs available to customers include: 1) free energy audits, 2) rebates for energy efficiency improvements such as insulation and windows, and 3) rebates for heat pumps, air conditioners, and lighting. FEECA goals were set by the PSC in 2004 and were reset in 2009 to reflect the revised statutes.

As Florida’s energy needs continue to grow, planning will become even more important. Fuel diversity continues to be a critical planning issue for the PSC as it monitors potential climate change legislation, fuel price variability, the changing capital cost of generating units, and the expansion and integration of renewable energy sources. Florida’s energy policy includes fuel diversity as a criterion to be evaluated in decision making on the planning and maintenance of the grid, utility TYSPs, and power plant additions. Good energy policy guidance and continually evaluating and improving that state’s energy planning tools—like TYSPs and FEECA—will ensure that future plans meet future demand.

There are five ways to contact us:

Complete an online complaint form at
Call our toll-free number, 800-342-3552
Fax information to us toll-free, 800-511-0809

Send a letter to: The Florida Public Service Commission
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0850

In September, PSC staff will hold an Electric Vehicle Charging Station workshop on September 6 ♦ Commissioner Julie Brown will chair meetings for the Study Committee on Investor-Owned Water & Wastewater Utilities on September 6 and September 25 ♦ Chairman Brisé will host a PSC Lifeline Awareness Week Workshop on September 7 ♦ Nuclear Cost Recovery Clause hearings are on September 10-13 ♦ A Commission Conference is on September 18 ♦ PSC staff will hold a Smart Meter Workshop on September 20 ♦ Commissioners will participate in an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow on September 20 in Tallahassee and September 21 in Jacksonville.

August Press Releases

PSC Commissioner Julie Brown Shares Civic Experience with Washington Center Interns 8/17/2012

Hearings for FPL Rate Request begin Monday 8/16/2012

PSC Approves Pipeline Improvement Rider 8/14/2012

PSC to Review Status of Crystal River Nuclear Plant 8/9/2012

Duke CEO Rogers to Appear before Florida Public Service Commission Monday 8/9/2012

10-Year Site Plan Workshop Set for Monday 8/9/2012

PSC Recognizes 811 Day to Encourage Safe Digging 8/9/2012

PSC Reports Telecommunications Competition Good for Florida Residents 8/1/2012

Notable FPSC Orders
Filed From August 1 - 31, 2012

Water Management Services, Inc.
Docket No. 110200
Order No. PSC-12-0435-PAA-WU
Granting in part WMSI's requested rate increase; requiring escrowing of a portion of all revenues; Commissioners Graham and Balbis dissented; protest due 9/12/12.
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Progress Energy Florida
Docket No. 120103
Order No. PSC-12-0432-PAA-EI
Approving PEF's petition to recover costs through Environmental Cost Recovery Clause for converting Anclote units to burn 100 percent natural gas; protest due 9/10/12.
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Gulf Power Company
Docket No. 110138
Order No. PSC-12-0400-FOF-EI
Denying GPC's motion for reconsideration to include the acquisition and evaluation costs for its North Escambia County Site in base rate charges.
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High Cost Universal Service Fund
Docket No. 120150
Order No. PSC-0405-FOF-TL
Granting annual certification to affirm that the federal high-cost funds flowing to rural carriers in the state, or to any competitive eligible telecommunications carriers seeking support for serving customers within a rural carrier's service area, will be used in a manner that comports with the Telecommunications Act.
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Florida Public Utilities Company
Docket No. 120058
Order No. PSC-12-0427-CO-EQ
Consummates Order PSC-12-0380-PAAEQ approving a negotiated renewable energy power purchase contract for power purchased with Rayonier Performance Fibers, LLC, by FPUC effective and final; closes docket.

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