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09/19/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

Commission Gives Boost to Natural Gas Conservation Program

TALLAHASSEE — The five-member Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a plan by Peoples Gas System to extend and increase rebates to all of its customers. The move could result in its customers paying less to purchase new appliances and lead to an increase in its customers participating in conservation programs.

The utility intends to consolidate its conservation efforts into three areas:

• The Residential New Construction Program is designed to increase the overall energy efficiency in new homes through the installation of efficient gas appliances. 

• The Residential Appliance Replacement Program encourages the replacement of residential appliances with energy-efficient natural gas appliances.

• The third program, the Residential Appliance Retention Program, pays cash incentives for installing natural gas water heaters, tankless water heating units, clothes dryers, and cooking appliances.

Peoples asked the PSC to approve the modifications so it could have one unified conservation program. The utility previously had varying programs for different regions as the result of Peoples acquiring West Florida Natural Gas in 1997.

Peoples Gas is the state’s leading natural gas provider and is a unit of TECO Energy, based in Tampa, Florida.  Peoples Gas serves more than 300,000 commercial, industrial and residential customers.