House Bill 7117, a broad energy bill enacted during the 2012 Regular Session of
the Florida Legislature became effective on July 1, 2012. The bill in part addresses
renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, and electric vehicles. Some
specific areas impacting the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), include:
Existing and proposed renewable energy resources must be reported to the FPSC in
electric utility Ten-Year Site Plans, filed annually.
Contract for an independent evaluation of the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Act to determine if the Act remains in the public interest. The report must be submitted
to the Governor and to the Legislature by January 31, 2013. The University of Florida
and the National Regulatory Research Institute conducted the study and prepared
the report, which can be accessed below.
Prepare a report to the Governor and to the Legislature, by December 31, 2012, on
the impact of electric vehicle charging stations on the electric grid and energy
consumption. Also, the feasibility of using off-grid solar photovoltaic facilities
as a source of charging for electric vehicles must be addressed.