Florida consumers are becoming wise energy users. According to the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) 2013 Annual Report on the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA), Florida consumers’ participation in utility-offered energy conservation programs and incentives helped reduce the state’s energy consumption.
Consumers learned energy efficient practices, including constructing smaller, more efficient homes, installing energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes, and using energy-efficient appliances, according to the report. Recent Federal legislation encourages energy efficiency through new building codes and residential appliance efficiency standards. Newly approved dishwasher standards are expected to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent and clothes washer standards, effective in 2015, will save consumers $350 over the life of the appliance.
As of 2012, FEECA utilities’ conservation programs, in total, reduced winter peak demand by 7,095 megawatts (MW) and summer peak demand by 7,164 MW. Total energy consumption was reduced by an estimated 8,518 gigawatt hours (GWh), which reduces fuel consumption at electric generators. Florida’s utilities performed more than 238,000 residential energy audits, and offered more than 100 conservation programs for residential and commercial customers.
FEECA was enacted in 1980 to reduce growth rates of weather-sensitive peak electrical demand and energy consumption. The PSC sets cost-effective energy conservation goals for the seven electric utilities subject to FEECA, and the utilities create programs to meet the goals. Utilities subject to FEECA include Florida Power & Light Company, Progress Energy Florida, Inc., Tampa Electric Company, Gulf Power Company, Florida Public Utilities Company, Orlando Utilities Commission, and JEA.
The PSC provides an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature summarizing the adopted goals and the progress achieved toward meeting those goals.
Access the PSC’s 2013 FEECA Reporthere.
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