Continuing to promote clean energy in Florida, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved new commercial energy conservation programs for Associated Gas Distributors of Florida’s (AGDF) seven investor-owned natural gas utility members. By adopting various rebate programs, the utilities aim to increase use of efficient natural gas appliances and equipment in commercial buildings.
“Natural gas is a clean, abundant energy source, and these conservation programs will promote smart energy choices in commercial construction and remodeling projects,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “The Commission supports conservation programs that benefit consumers, promote economic development, and protect the environment.”
The commercial programs, similar to Commission-approved residential conservation programs, encourage increased use of fuel efficient natural gas appliances in Florida. AGDF’s approved programs will offer customers incentives to make cost-effective business decisions that lower their overall utility costs and support the industry’s energy efficiency goals.
To ensure the programs remain cost-effective, PSC staff will monitor participation rates, rebate levels, and program costs as part of the Commission’s Natural Gas Conservation Cost Recovery proceedings. The programs’ costs will be recovered by all ratepayer classes. A typical residential customer using 20 therms can expect a monthly bill impact of 12 to 45 cents beginning in 2015.
AGDF represents Florida City Gas; Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC), including FPUC Indiantown Division and FPUC Central Florida Gas Division; Peoples Gas System; Sebring Gas System; and St. Joe Natural Gas Company.
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