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Life is More Than Peak Experience, There is Daily Opportunity!

How do we get people to lower their electricity consumption overall, not just at peak?  A recent conference in Florida showed the high-tech perspective of some energy industry folks and continuing utility focus on cutting demand at…

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Florida Utilities Balking at Efficiency Goals

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) just set goals for electric energy efficiency well below targets set—and achieved—by other states, but not surprisingly, several FEECA utilities filed objections seeking still lower goals. Earlier, we reviewed the…

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EPA Rules Mean Big Challenges Ahead for Dirty Coal

In recent months, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken great strides to improve air quality and protect the environment by proposing stricter standards for ozone and sulfur dioxide, and begin regulation…

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Florida PSC Fails to Answer the Call on Energy Efficiency

The PSC meeting last week was marked by two dramatic changes for Florida electric utilities.  Utility-oriented commissioner Carter was succeeded as chair for 2010-2012 by the far more consumer-oriented commissioner, Nancy Argenziano.  In remarks made while…

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Florida editorial writers urge strong state efficiency goals

Next week, a former editorial board editor is one of five Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) members who will direct Florida's major utilities to pursue energy efficiency efforts over the next five…

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Florida Utilities Drag State Efficiency Ranking Down

This post is co-authored by Brandi Colander, NRDC, and John D. Wilson, SACE. Florida is the dim bulb in the otherwise efficiency-dark Southeast, and the 2009 Energy Efficiency Scorecard from ACEEE shows…

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Will the Florida Public Service Commission Stick with the Status Quo on Efficiency?

The Florida Public Service Commission staff have just issued their recommendation for the next decade of energy efficiency programs in Florida. Their recommendation, see document 10584-09, is to stick with the status…

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Pay now for what you might get later

Last Wednesday, the St. Petersburg Times recognized the "Powerful Savings" available to Florida by investing in conservation. Yet the chief obstacle to conservation remains Florida's commitment to overinvest in nuclear power. Even…

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Duke Announces Solar on Customer Rooftops

Want solar on your rooftop, but can't afford to buy the panels yourself? If you're a Duke Energy customer, you can sign up with your utility to install their solar panels on…

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When Power Interest and Public Interest Collide in Florida

It has been a great disappointment but not a surprise to watch the veil of utility regulation pulled back in Florida. The Florida Public Service Commission is the state agency entrusted with…