Watching the electric meter spin backwards, Commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar today observed firsthand how the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) net metering rule is working thanks to Progress Energy Florida (PEF) customer Kenneth Celmer, who voluntarily displayed his solar photovoltaic system—and his savings—for National Energy Awareness Month.
Commissioner Edgar, who chaired the PSC when the net metering rule was approved, visited Celmer’s Orlando residence to see his solar photovoltaic system, operational since June. His usual $350 August and September electric bills, went down to $109 and $99 respectively. To date, Celmer has saved more than $400.
“Mr. Celmer is using his solar system to meet much of his energy needs and to decrease his electric bills,” Commissioner Edgar said. “The benefits of solar energy, however, reach far beyond his rooftop, sending renewable energy back to the electric grid and decreasing the utility’s need for fossil fuels.”
The primary goal of net metering is to add value for customers who install renewable energy systems at their homes or businesses to offset part or all of their electric needs. Any excess energy generated by the system and not used by the customer can be delivered to the utility.
The PSC’s net metering rule applies to a broad range of renewable energy systems, including solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric. Since customers with a renewable system sometimes generate more energy than they use in a billing cycle, the net metering rule requires any excess energy delivered to the utility be credited on the customers’ next bill. Since its implementation in 2006, the PSC’s expanded net metering rule has helped grow the state’s customer-owned renewable generation. Last year alone, homes and businesses using solar, and other renewables, increased by 75 percent.
October’s Energy Awareness Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, and this year’s theme is, “Turn Words into Action; Turn Action into Results.” Consumer tips from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site are located at http://www.eere.energy.gov.
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