FLORIDA – Legislature Gives Directives on Net Metering and Renewables

On April 30, 2008, a bill (HB 7135) was sent to Governor Charlie Crist which requires each utility, including coops and munis, to develop a standardized interconnection and net metering program for customer-owned renewable generation by July 1, 2009. (The PSC has already established the rules necessary to administer this legislation, as described below.) The PSC is also required to develop a draft renewable portfolio standard for presentation to the legislature by February 1, 2009. The Governor is expected to sign this legislation.

On March 4, 2008, the PSC issued an order ratifying its new IC/NM rule (Docket 070674-EI). (See April 2008 Connecting to the Grid for details.) The state’s four investor-owned utilities are now filing their tariffs to comply with this ruling (see Dockets 080255, 080257, 080260, and 080265). The law HB 7135, discussed above, and the PSC’s IC/NM order are responses to a directive from Governor Charlie Crist for the development of IC/NM rules, plus a 20 percent RPS, with a focus on solar and wind generation.


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