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03/05/2012 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Commissioner Eduardo Balbis to Speak at Mexico National Renewable Energy Forum

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Eduardo E. Balbis will speak at the Mexico National Forum on Renewable Energy Regulation in Mexico City on March 6.  Invited by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), Commissioner Balbis will provide Florida’s experience in promoting cost effective renewable energy projects.

Through PSC approval of purchased power agreements between Florida’s investor-owned electric utilities and independent renewable energy producers, utilities can cost effectively include renewable generation in their energy portfolio without affecting customer rates.  The agreements help diversify Florida’s fuel supply and promote clean energy development, bringing new businesses and jobs to Florida.  

“I look forward to presenting how Florida utilizes purchase power agreements to promote renewable energy projects and fuel diversity without impacting customer bills,” Commissioner Balbis said.  “The Forum allows me to share Florida’s success and continued commitment to the cost effective development of renewables and, just as important, learn how other countries are succeeding in this area so that Florida can benefit from their experiences.”

Through power purchase agreements, customer-owned renewable net metering rules, and demand-side management rules, the PSC is encouraging renewables and reducing energy consumption, while helping offset the need to build costly power plants and keeping customer costs in check.  By helping to supply cost effective energy that protects consumers and the environment, these measures are ensuring Florida continues as the gateway to commerce in the United States. 

Hosted by CRE, NARUC, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Forum on Renewable Energy Regulation promotes discussion, identifies challenges, and provides a venue for regulators and other stakeholders to share international best practices in clean energy regulation. 

Invited to join Commissioner Balbis in providing opening remarks at the Forum are Earl Anthony Wayne, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Francisco X. Salazar Diez de Sollano, President, CRE; and Verónica Irastorza Trejo, Deputy Minister, Secretary of Energy.  As a member of NARUC, Commissioner Balbis’ voluntary participation is supported by funding provided to NARUC under the terms of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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