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01/25/2011 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Approves Gulf Power's Conservation Plan

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a conservation plan by Gulf Power Company (Gulf) that is predicted to save 183 megawatts of electricity over ten years, enough to power about 50,000 homes.

After directing Gulf to develop more conservation savings, the PSC approved the company’s revised plan that now meets the PSC's conservation goals, set according to the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.  Gulf’s plan uses a conservation strategy known as Demand Side Management (DSM) to reduce demand for electricity.  DSM methods can include rebates for energy efficient appliances or devices, energy audits to show customers how to save energy, and peak load programs that curtail or shift usage from high cost, peak demand periods.

As part of its DSM measures, Gulf will offer several new programs inviting participation by a wide variety of customer groups, including low-income, renters and landlords, residential, and commercial customers.  The Commission previously approved Gulf’s four solar pilot programs, which offer incentives for customers who install either solar photovoltaic or solar thermal technologies.  For schools or low-income customers, Gulf may install the solar technologies free of charge.

The PSC facilitates safe and reliable utility services at fair prices for Florida's consumers.  Primary responsibilities include setting fair rates, encouraging competition, and monitoring for safety and reliability.

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