State Releases "Florida's Energy Plan"
In response to an executive order issued by Governor Jeb Bush
in November, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has
released a comprehensive energy plan exploring options for future electric
generating capacity, transportation fuel supply and conservation and efficiency
initiatives. During the development of this plan, FSEC provided significant
input to DEP, including a presentation to a Tallahassee energy forum in November
by center director James Fenton.
The plan includes a number of recommendations for conservation and efficiency
measures relying on incentives and the government’s purchasing power
rather than mandates and new taxes. It recommends that legislation be introduced
this year to increase capacity and diversify the state’s electric generation
and fuel supply.
DEP Secretary Colleen Castille noted in the plan’s executive summary
that “An adequate, reliable, diverse, efficient and affordable energy
supply, coupled with a long-term commitment to energy conservation, is vital
for maintaining Florida’s growing economy and quality of life.”
The recommendations in the plan include:
Electric Power Generation
- Amend the Power Plant Siting Act and the Transmission Line Siting
Act to reduce regulatory barriers, streamline permitting and reduce
processing time, while maintaining opportunities for public input
and protecting the environment.
- Amend Chapter 403.519, Florida Statutes, to allow the Florida Public
Service Commission to consider fuel diversity and fuel reliability
as factors when determining the need for new electric generation.
- Expedite state performance contracting with Energy Service Companies,
which could save Florida taxpayers more than $1 million each year.
- Require all new State government buildings to meet the U.S. Green
Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental Design standards.
Minimal increases in upfront costs of two percent or less to support
green design will result in life cycle savings of 20 percent of total
construction costs -- more than ten times the initial investment.
- Provide consumer and corporate rebates to encourage investments
in solar technologies and ENERGY STAR appliances. The typical household
spends $1,500 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, Florida’s
residents could save up to 30 percent or more than $450 per year.
- Provide grant funding for renewable energy research and demonstration
- Improve petroleum supply and distribution mechanisms into and within
Florida. Expedite all State permits required to create redundancy
and increase capacity.
- Before the 2006 hurricane season, register 10 percent of retail
fueling stations in a generator sharing program to facilitate temporary
power restoration and fuel availability in storm impacted areas.
- Foster state-local partnerships to encourage well-designed transportation
and transit systems between established communities and within new
- Provide corporate sales and income tax incentives to encourage
the production of clean fuels in Florida and for pollution-free hydrogen
fuel cells, vehicles and fueling infrastructure.
- Provide grant funding for applied research and demonstration projects
associated with the development and implementation of alternative
fuel vehicles and other emerging technologies.
For a copy of the complete plan, visit:
For a copy of the Energy plan chart, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/news/2006/01/0117_01b.htm#energy_plan