Conservation programs approved by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) under the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA) have substantially cut electricity consumption and avoided the need for several new power plants.
According to the PSC’s 2014 Annual Report on the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, the utility-offered energy conservation programs have saved a total of 8,937 gigawatt hours (GWh) – enough to power all the homes in Miami-Dade County for nearly a year.
“The Legislature gave us a mandate to reduce Florida’s energy demand,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We encourage cost-effective conservation and renewable energy use to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and defer the need for new generating plants.”
FEECA was enacted in 1980 to reduce growth rates of weather-sensitive peak electrical demand and energy consumption. Over the past 33 years, FEECA utilities’ conservation programs have avoided the need for a substantial fleet of baseload, intermediate, and peaking power plants. In 2012, Florida utilities performed more than 206,000 residential energy audits, and offered more than 100 conservation programs for residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
The PSC sets cost-effective energy conservation goals for the seven electric utilities subject to FEECA, and the utilities create programs to meet the goals. Utilities subject to FEECA include Florida Power & Light Company, Duke Energy Florida, Inc., Tampa Electric Company, Gulf Power Company, Florida Public Utilities Company, Orlando Utilities Commission, and JEA.
Each year, the PSC provides a report to the Governor and the Legislature summarizing the adopted FEECA goals and the progress achieved toward meeting those goals.
Access the PSC’s 2014 FEECA Report here.
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