Staff recommends the City Commission adopt the proposed “Standards for the Promotion, Encouragement, and Expansion of the Use of Renewable Energy Resources and Energy Conservation and Efficiency Measures”.
Section 366.92(5), Florida Statutes, requires each municipal electric utility and rural electric cooperative to develop standards for the promotion, encouragement, and expansion of the use of renewable energy resources and energy conservation and efficiency measures. On or before April 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, each municipal electric utility and electric cooperative shall submit to the commission a report that identifies such standards.
1. Adopt the proposed Standards as presented; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
A limit to RPS compliance costs is proposed with a “Rate Cap” of 2% of retail revenues.
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A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, HEREBY ADOPTING THE PROPOSED STANDARDS FOR THE PROMOTION, ENCOURAGEMENT, AND EXPANSION OF THE USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES AND ENERGY CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY MEASURES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida adopts the proposed Standard.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the 23rd day of March, 2009.
Standards for the Promotion, Encouragement, and Expansion of the Use of Renewable Energy Resources and Energy Conservation and Efficiency Measures
City of Leesburg
March 23, 2009
WHEREAS, City of Leesburg is required by Section 366.92(5), Florida Statutes, to develop standards for the promotion, encouragement, and expansion of the use of renewable energy resources and energy conservation and efficiency measures; and
WHEREAS, on or before April 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, City of Leesburg must submit to the Florida Public Service Commission (the “FPSC”) a report that identifies such standards; and
WHEREAS, the FPSC has submitted to the Florida Legislature for ratification a draft Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) rule applicable to Florida’s investor-owned electric utilities; and
WHEREAS, the City of Leesburg believes that it is in the best interest of its customers to develop renewable energy standards and energy conservation and efficiency measures in an environmentally responsible, reliable, and cost effective manner that takes into consideration the renewable and conservation direction of the state of Florida, as evidenced by the RPS rule applicable to IOUs; and
WHEREAS, City of Leesburg is a member of Florida Municipal Power Agency’s All-Requirements Power Supply Project (the “ARP Project”), through which City of Leesburg purchases all of its power supply requirements; and
NOW THEREFORE, in accordance with Section 366.92(5), Florida Statutes, and in an effort to promote and expand the use of renewable energy resources and energy conservation and efficiency measures, City of Leesburg hereby establishes the following guiding principles and standards: City of Leesburg will:
§ Monitor the rulemaking process at the Public Service Commission and the Florida Legislature with regard to the development of a renewable portfolio standard for investor owned utilities in the state; and, upon its final adoption, develop a comprehensive renewable portfolio standard that reflects the direction of the Legislature for the State of Florida.
§ Encourage our wholesale power provider, the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s All-Requirements Power Supply Project, to develop clean, renewable energy projects, or other means by which to expand the use of energy resources in a manner that reflects the direction of the Legislature and provides customers with environmentally responsible, reliable, and cost-effective power.
§ Continue to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency by providing customers with information, guidance, tools and support in their demand side energy efficiency and conservation efforts, including the promotion of solar and wind generation, the distribution of energy saving suggestions to consumers, offering on-line energy audits, and the development of a proposed comprehensive array cost effective rebates for the installation of proven energy conservation measures. To gain specific knowledge about emerging communicating “smart metering” technologies, Leesburg has conducted a pilot deployment of 120 smart meters since January 2008. To promote demand side energy efficiency, Leesburg will soon complete a Feasibility Study and Business Plan leading to a cost effective deployment of Smart Meters to communicate with and aid consumers in the timing of their energy purchases by providing real-time energy use information and power cost signals.
§ Continue to identify methods to enhance energy efficiency in City of Leesburg facilities and operations by installing conservation lighting upgrades, implementing building efficiency audit recommendations and, considering the use of demand response technologies including load management systems; and encourage our wholesale power provider, the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s All-Requirements Power Supply Project, to do the same.
Passed and adopted this 23rd day of March, 2009 by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida.