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Florida’s Biggest Power Companies Propose Historic Energy Efficiency Rollbacks

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FPL proposes weakest energy efficiency goals in over 10 years

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, Director of Policy & Communications, 865.235.1448, jennifer@cleanenergy.org

Tallahassee, Fla.///NEWS STATEMENT/// In testimony filed late yesterday with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy debunked the archaic and restrictive methodology used by the state’s big monopoly power companies to justify lower energy efficiency goals which will offer fewer opportunities for consumers to participate in utility programs that save customers money. The ten-year goals – set by the PSC every five years – determine the scale of the utilities’ energy efficiency programs for customers. Energy efficiency programs help customers reduce energy use and save money on their bills.

 

The energy savings goals proposed by the power companies in 2014 are stunningly weak relative to the goals set by the PSC in 2009, and in the case of Florida Power & Light (FPL), it’s proposing to reduce its current energy efficiency goals by 99 percent – failing to offer any meaningful energy savings at all. FPL’s proposes an energy savings goal for 2015 that is only 0.002 percent of its sales. By comparison, 14 states in the country are already achieving energy savings of 1.0 percent or more of sales – at least 500 times the energy savings proposed by FPL.

 

Florida’s power companies use a host of methods, rejected long ago by leading utilities and utility commissions in other states, to support their anemic proposed goals, including arbitrarily eliminating all efficiency measures that have the highest energy savings to customers.

 

Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, issued this statement:

 

“The proposed utility goals are an embarrassment to Florida, and Florida consumers should be outraged by this roll back of the state’s energy efficiency goals. In most states energy efficiency is considered a resource that can meet electricity demand at a fraction of the cost of building new power plants, and helps all customers by keeping bills lower over time. Unfortunately, Florida’s monopoly utilities appear more interested in helping their shareholders earn a profit at customers’ expense than working with their customers through well run energy efficiency programs to save money on their bills. By cutting energy efficiency goals the utilities are promoting construction of new power plants that can generate hefty returns for their shareholders. In the recent past, this PSC has shown little courage to stand up to the big power companies. If the PSC adopts these energy efficiency rollbacks proposed by the monopoly utilities, it further demonstrates a lack of independent regulatory oversight and violates the intent of the efficiency goal setting statute.”

 

Natalie Mims, director of energy efficiency at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued this statement:

 

“After reviewing FPL, Duke Energy Florida, Gulf Power and Tampa Electric Company’s (TECO) proposed energy efficiency goals, it is clear that these utilities continue to use overly complicated, antiquated and illogical processes. I provided these Florida utilities with better processes to establish energy efficiency goals from Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. If the Florida utilities don’t update their processes, they are going to fall to the bottom of national rankings in energy efficiency performance.”

 

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