AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2018
Rick Scott (Rep.)Governor
Carlos Lopez-Cantera (Rep.)Lieutenant Governor
Pam Bondi (Rep.)Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2018Session Dates: 01/12/16-03/11/16
Term: 4 year
President: Andy Gardiner
President Pro Tempore: Garrett Richter
Senate Majority Leader: Bill Galvano
Senate Minority Leader: Arthenia Joyner
Senate Member Breakdown
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Steve Crisafulli
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House: Matt Hudson
Majority Leader: Dana Young
Minority Leader: Mark Pafford
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Florida Public Service Commission Commissioners: Gubernatorial appointment, Senate confirmation: 4 year termChairperson: Elected by fellow Commissioners: 2 year term
Arthur Graham (R), Commissioner Appointed by Governor Charlie Crist in 2010; current term expires in 2018
Lisa Polak Edgar (I), CommissionerAppointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005; current term expires in 2017
Ronald Brise (D), Commissioner Appointed by Governor Charlie Crist in 2010; current term expires in 2018
Jimmy Patronis, CommissionerAppointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2015, term expires in 2019
Julie Imanuel Brown, Chair Appointed by Governor Charlie Crist in 2010; current term expires in 2019
In 2007, then Governor Crist issued Executive Order 07-128 which established the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change and charged it with developing a comprehensive energy and climate action plan for the state, a component of which was to develop targets for statewide GHG reductions.
The final report provides 50 policy recommendations to reduce GHG and provide a framework for climate change adaption strategies. Among the recommendations are the following:
Combined Heat & Power Systems (CHP): Provide financial incentives and address barriers to development of CHP systems including inadequate technical information, institutional barriers, high transaction costs, lender unfamiliarity and perceived risk, split incentives and utility-related policies like interconnection requirements, standby rates, etc.; DSM/Energy Efficiency Programs and Funds; Decoupling; Develop & expand low GHG fuels for transportation; Create incentive programs for increased vehicle fleet efficiency.
Florida initially required natural gas energy efficiency by statute (Section 366.81-82).
In 1996, Florida PSC rule 25-17.009 implemented Section 366.81-82 and required that gas utility that seeks to costs for an existing, new, or modified demand side management program pursuant to Section 366.82(5), shall file the cost effectiveness test results of the Participants Test and the Rate Impact Measure Test.
In April of 2012, HB 7135 was signed into law. This bill authorized the commission to provide financial rewards and penalties and to allow gas and electric investor-owned utility to earn an additional return on equity for exceeding energy efficiency and conservation goals. Specifically the FPSC may allow utilities to earn an additional return on equity of up to 50 basis points for exceeding 20 percent of their annual load-growth through energy efficiency measures. The FPSC may also assess penalties if utilities do not meet the goals. To date, no utilities have yet requested the additional return.
Florida City Gas offers an Area Expansion Program (AEP) that allows the company to recover costs in excess of allowable investment over a 10 year period from customers served along the new route. Costs are borne by all customers served in the defined area. Rates can be adjusted after two years based on customer count and usage. Customers pay normal tariff charges for gas service in addition to the AEP charge.
On August 14, 2012, the Florida Public Service Commission approved a Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program (GRIP) for Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU) and its partner company, Central Florida Gas (CFG). Under the program, the two providers plan to replace more than 350 miles of pipeline over the next ten years; At that time the Commission approved the same program for Chesapeake Utilities Also on August 14, 2012, the Florida PSC approved a GI Cast Iron/Bare Steel Replacement Rider for TECO Peoples Gas Systems. Under that program, TECO is expected to invest approximately $8 million and over the course of ten years will replace 150 miles of cast iron and 400 miles of bare steel pipeline, comprising about 4 percent of the company’s system.
On September 15, 2015, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order approving Florida City Gas’ (FCG) request to implement the Safety, Access, and Facility Enhancement (SAFE) program that is to replace aging pipes to improve system safety and reliability, FCG’s SAFE program encompasses a 10-year, $105 million project that is to relocate and replace 254.3 miles of 4-inch and smaller mains and associated facilities from rear property easements to the street front. The relocation and replacement program will remove most of the utility’s 61.3 miles of unprotected steel mains and improve service reliability, safety, and facility access. Expenditures for the first full calendar-year of the program will not exceed $9.5 million.
Recovery of the revenue requirement associated with the SAFE program, including a return on the investment, depreciation, ad valorem taxes, income taxes, and noticing expenses will be effectuated through a surcharge mechanism. The cost to remove the facilities identified in the SAFE program will not be recovered through the surcharge; rather, they will be recovered through the cost of removal component in FCG’s existing depreciation rates.
On August 13, 2013, The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved new commercial Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) and Natural Gas Vehicle Transportation (NGVT) programs for three Chesapeake Utilities Corporation companies.
Offering greater flexibility, the programs for Florida Public Utilities Company, Florida Public Utilities-Indiantown Division, and the Florida Division of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation pave the way for commercial customers to use natural gas vehicles. The PSC also approved a revised NGV service tariff for Florida City Gas which includes more options for compression and dispensing facilities to increase customer choices and use.
Previously, the Florida Legislature had encouraged natural gas use to reduce costs and increase use of domestic and clean-burning resources for future transportation.
Florida City Gas has an NGV service tariff that includes options for CNG and fueling stations to increase customer choices and use of natural gas in transportation.
TECO Peoples Gas owns 5 CNG stations that are currently limited to private access.
WEC Energy Corp. subsidiary Trillium CNG owns and operates stations in Jacksonville, Lakeland, Orlando, Fort Piece, Ocala and two stations in Tampa.
TECO Peoples Gas utilizes a three-tier monthly charge plus a small variable charge.