The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today reaffirmed an order directing Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Progress Energy Florida (PEF) to continue their existing energy conservation programs.
The action rejected a Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) protest of the PSC's decision last summer that the programs won't be expanded this year.
In July, the PSC ruled that electric utilities' customers would not have to pay more to fund larger programs, citing the hardship higher bills would impose on financially stressed households and businesses. The Commission noted then and at today's hearing that state law specifically authorizes it to prevent an undue cost burden on customers when establishing conservation plans. Holding down rates has been an increasingly important priority for the PSC as slow economic conditions continue.
The programs were mandated in the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA), under which the PSC sets goals for seasonal peak demand and annual energy consumption for utilities subject to the Act. Established in 1980, FEECA is designed to reduce the need for additional power plants and use of fossil fuels.
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