Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved modifications to several conservation programs for the state’s seven investor-owned natural gas utilities, which are members of the Associated Gas Distributors of Florida (AGDF) trade association.
Today’s Commission decision allows cash rebate increases—some by as much as $150—to AGDF’s three most popular demand-side management programs: Residential Appliance Replacement Program, Residential Appliance Retention Program, and Residential New Construction Program.
Commissioners determined that with the approved changes, existing programs remain cost-effective and will not unduly impact residential rates. Only the Gas Service Reactivation Allowance was rejected, after the Commission found it to be more of a marketing method than a conservation measure. The modifications also make each AGDF companies’ conservation programs and associated rebates similar to facilitate conservation related advertising.
Commissioners agreed that the increased cash allowances will encourage homeowners and builders to select energy efficient natural gas appliances when replacing or purchasing new ones and, hopefully, increase the number of customers participating in the programs.
AGDF members include Florida City Gas, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Florida Public Utilities Company, Indiantown Gas Company, Peoples Gas Company, Sebring Gas System, and St. Joe Natural Gas Company.
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