Florida Utilities Want to Drastically Scale Back Energy Efficiency Programs

July 24, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

fla energy manageFlorida’s big utilities want the state’s regulators to let them scale back energy-efficiency programs over the next five years, reports Florida Today.

Executives from Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric, Gulf Power and JEA have been testifying before the Florida Public Service Commission this week. The utilities claim demand for energy efficiency programs has declined and they should be allowed to scale back some of these programs.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, these reduction requests are huge. Duke Energy is requesting a reduction in savings from 333 GWh by 2019 to 21 GWh, TECO wants a reduction from 39 GWh to 17, and FP&L wants to go from 229 GWh to 4 by 2019.

According to Florida Today, if the programs were scaled back as requested, residential customers would only save about $1 per month on their utility bills. Opponents say the utilities want to cut the energy efficiency programs so that demand for energy will increase and they can justify building new power plants.

The commission is expected to rule on the requests in late fall.

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