The Energy Authority (TEA), the strategic partner for public power, is pleased to announce its expansion in the California ISO through its services to the University of California (UC) system. Earlier this year, UC became a registered Electric Service Provider (ESP) with the California Public Utilities Commission, enabling it to purchase electricity directly from the wholesale market. Beginning January first of 2015, TEA will be the university’s scheduling coordinator in the CAISO market and will provide comprehensive portfolio management services that include load forecasting, commercial modeling, supply management, renewable energy credit support, and both real-time and forward trading. The university plans to supply electricity to the participating direct-access campuses which include: UC Irvine and its medical center, UC Merced, UC San Diego and its medical center, UC San Francisco and its medical center, and UC Santa Cruz among others. Continue reading
JEA now offers rebates for qualified plug-in electric vehicles. The rebates apply to plug-in passenger vehicles, purchased or leased, either electric or hybrid, and are available to JEA residential customers who live in JEA’s service territory. Continue reading
Looking to a political ally to fill the job, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday, September 18, named state Rep. Jimmy Patronis to a seat on the Florida Public Service Commission.
Scott also reappointed Commissioner Julie Brown to a four-year term on the panel that regulates utilities. Both appointments take effect in January, when the current terms of Brown and outgoing Commissioner Eduardo Balbis expire. Continue reading
The state Public Service Commission on Monday, September 15, approved an agreement that will lead to customers of Florida Public Utilities Co. seeing increases in their monthly electric bills. The utility, which serves about 31,000 customers in four counties, will increase base rates by $3.75 million, or about $2.07 a month for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, according to the PSC. Continue reading
In an effort to promote energy efficiency and help customers lower their energy consumption and reduce their electric bills, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) encourages customers to take advantage of the ENERGY STAR sales tax break in Florida.
From September 19 to September 21, 2014, shoppers will get a sales tax break on certain ENERGY STAR products. ENERGY STAR products include room air conditioners, air purifiers, ceiling fans, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, water heaters and swimming pool pumps. The sales tax break also applies to certain products carrying the WaterSense label for water efficiency.
To encourage energy efficiency and stimulate the local economy, the City of Tallahassee will double its existing rebates on certain ENERGY STAR and natural gas appliances purchased locally starting Monday, September 15. The program was approved by the Tallahassee City Commission at its regular meeting Wednesday, September 10. Continue reading
State Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, offered Thursday, September 4, to carry legislation to prevent power companies from temporarily pushing customers into a higher rate bracket by extending billing cycles.
Dean’s proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission came as some Duke Energy Florida customers have received, or may soon get, higher-than-usual monthly bills because of an ongoing effort by the utility to streamline meter-reading routes throughout Central and North Florida. Continue reading