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1.31.2009

AUDUBON OF FLORIDA APPROVED PSC PROPOSAL

Florida's Public Service Commission’s (PSC) has proposed renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in its recent Rule.

Audubon of Florida announced that it would prefer that utilities be required to invest more funds to support the development of renewable energy and that it would work with allies in the renewable energy industry to recommend improvements.

The Rule must be ratified by the Legislature. Audubon will support ratification with improvements related to increasing the cap on utility investments in renewable energy.
A summary of the draft Rule is here.

The RPS Rule would require each investor-owned electric utility to supply a percentage of retail electricity sales from renewable energy resources located in Florida. The PSC was required to submit a draft rule to the Legislature by February 1, 2009, and to include comments from the public provided at workshops held in July, August and December, 2008.

As part of the Rule development process, the PSC was required to evaluate the
current and forecasted availability and cost through 2020 of each renewable energy resource.

In addition, the PSC discussed whether to suggest that the Legislature consider expanding the eligible resources in the existing statute to include other “clean energy” options. Currently, nuclear energy and energy savings associated with efficiency improvements and customer resource conservation efforts are not currently eligible pursuant to the definition of Florida renewable energy resources in Section 366.92, F.S. This draft Rule does not go beyond the definitions included in the Statute.

The Rule also sets mandatory standards for Florida’s Investor Owned Utilities that must be met with Florida renewable energy resources and caps incremental compliance costs at two percent of each company's annual retail revenues to protect ratepayers from undue rate increases.

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