The listening to established that Florida is the one state that makes use of archaic methodologies in setting energy effectivity targets. No surprise we’re virtually on the backside of state rankings on capturing energy financial savings for prospects.
George Cavros | August 19, 2019
In 2014, the goals were gutted by the Florida Public Service Commission – the company that regulates the state’s power corporations – this 12 months, lots of the power corporations want to bury energy efficiency as soon as and for all. Gulf, OUC, and JEA have proposed targets of zero. FPL has proposed a residential saving purpose that’s the equal of the energy use of 1 residence – successfully zero.
Florida is already well below the national average and even in the Southeast in offering alternatives to laborious-working households and companies to lower energy waste and get monetary savings on payments. The energy financial savings are achieved via energy effectivity packages, akin to offering rebates for upgrading an AC unit, or attic insulation that helps makes houses extra environment friendly, comfy and safe. All that disappears if zero, or close to zero targets are authorized.
That would lead to Florida’s laborious-working households and companies having unnecessarily increased payments – and extra air pollution from power vegetation that drives climate change.
The utilities are required by state law to assist prospects scale back energy use, partly as a result of it’s the least value useful resource obtainable to the utility. Why construct a expensive power plant when you’ll be able to meet demand at a fraction of the associated fee by decreasing demand and saving your prospects cash?
Plenty of Excuses
Energy effectivity packages are extremely widespread as municipalities and customers are embracing clear energy and sustainable residing. The Florida Commission should cease the power corporations’ harmful retreat from reducing energy waste. Clearly, the methodologies Florida makes use of to set effectivity targets have out-lived their usefulness – how else are you able to clarify zero, or close to zero targets, when different states are committing to capturing magnitudes of instances extra financial savings than Florida?
Our briefs are due on September 20th, and the Commission is predicted to make a last resolution in early November. Stay tuned! In the meantime let the Commission know zero, or close to zero targets are not a purpose. File a comment here. The Commission should reject the abysmal utility-proposed targets and chart a brand new path for Florida – laborious working households, and future generations are relying on it.