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03/13/2012 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Approves Electric Utilities' Long-Term Energy Emergency Plans

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved the long-term energy emergency plans for the 15 Florida utilities that own or control electric generation facilities.  Every three years, the utilities are required to file emergency plans establishing their systematic and effective means to anticipate, access, and respond to a long-term fuel shortage emergency.

“Disruptions to fuel supplies can occur for a variety of reasons, including Florida’s often active storm seasons,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé.  “It’s important for utilities to anticipate and prepare for fuel shortage emergencies before they happen so businesses and hospitals can continue serving their communities.”

Each utility’s plan covers its procedures if the Governor declares a fuel supply emergency or if the energy supply falls below a specified threshold.  In either of these scenarios, required criteria in energy emergency plans include stopping power exports; obtaining, sharing, or purchasing fuel supplies and deliveries with other utilities or affiliates; handling service interruptions; and notifying the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) of a long-term emergency.

Utilities must include service interruption notification guidelines for residential and commercial customers in their plans.  Special provisions to insure firm power are included for customers on life support and for essential services, such as fire and police, hospitals, national defense, water, sanitation, communication, and public and commercial transportations.

Florida utilities required to file long-term energy emergency plans are Florida Power & Light Company; Progress Energy Florida; Tampa Electric Company; Gulf Power Company; Orlando Utilities Commission; JEA; Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach; City of Lakeland; Seminole Electric Cooperative; City of Tallahassee; Florida Municipal Power Agency; Reedy Creek Improvement District; Homestead Energy Services; Gainesville Regional Utilities; and Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association.

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