The Florida Public Service Commission (Commission or PSC) today approved standard offer contracts filed by Gulf Power Company, Florida Power & Light Company, Florida Public Utilities Company, and Tampa Electric Company. Standard offer contracts facilitate the state’s renewable energy goals by streamlining the negotiation process.
“Renewable energy plays an important role in achieving a more diverse fuel generation mix within the state,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II. “Standard offer contracts make it easier for businesses that generate renewable energy to sell that energy to the investor-owned utilities and further diversify Florida’s energy portfolio.”
Since January 1, 2006, each investor-owned electric utility (IOU), as well as each municipal electric utility subject to the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA), is required to offer to purchase capacity and energy from specific types of renewable sources. The contracts establish price, terms, and conditions that renewable generating facilities can accept without further negotiation. The contract must provide a term of at least ten years. The most recent FEECA report (Feb. 2008) is available on the PSC’s Web site at: http://www.floridapsc.com/Files/PDF/Publications/Electricgas/FEECA2008.pdf
The Commission continues to develop policies to encourage renewable generation within the state. In addition to standard offer contracts, the Commission has approved negotiated power contracts for new renewable generators, conducted renewable portfolio standard workshops, and approved an expanded net metering and interconnection rule to include all renewable energy technologies. Currently, Florida has over 1,100 MW of renewable generation facilities that are fueled by biomass, hydroelectric sources, waste heat, landfill gas, and municipal solid waste.
The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and the monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.
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