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06/09/2016 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Briefed on City of Tallahassee’s Energy Efficiency

TALLAHASSEE — City of Tallahassee Commissioner Nancy Miller today briefed the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) about the City’s demand-side management programs, also touting why Tallahassee’s electric utility was named the country’s top power operation by the American Public Power Association.

“Living in Florida’s Capital City, our 117,000 customers want conservation, a solar option, and the ability to determine their energy usage,” said Commissioner Miller during an invitation to speak at the PSC’s Internal Affairs meeting. “Implementing energy efficiency measures is often the simplest way to save on home energy bills, and the City works to help its residents conserve and reduce their energy bills.”

Commissioner Miller provided general statistics about the 26th largest public utility in the United States and discussed the City’s Energy Smart Plus Programs, including the three most popular--the Neighborhood REACH, the Double Rebates, and the Energy Efficiency Loan Programs.

The City’s Neighborhood REACH program was praised as being a key element in its 2015 All America City Designation. REACH goes into the homes of residential customers living in underserved, low-income neighborhoods to complete a free home energy assessment, while they install energy saving weatherization measures.

PSC Commissioner Ronald Brisé agreed with Commissioner Miller on this positive initiative and provided his firsthand REACH experience, as he and former Tallahassee Mayor John Marks helped install efficiency improvements in homes during a joint Energy Awareness Month event.

Commissioner Miller concluded by discussing the anticipated construction of the City’s new solar farm, which will increase its renewable energy output while also providing customers the opportunity to purchase a portion of their energy needs from solar.

PSC Chairman Julie Brown commended Commissioner Miller, saying, “I’m impressed by how the City is engaging its customers and how focused the City Commission is on promoting energy conservation for homeowners and businesses.”

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