Florida Commission Authorizes Permanent Status for Tampa Green Pricing
On December 5, the Florida Public Service Commission approved a request by Tampa Electric Company to convert a pilot green energy program into a permanent program. The pilot, called the Green Energy Rate Rider, began in 2000 and currently has 1,422 customers who pay a $5 premium for each 100-kilowatt-hour (kWh) block of renewable energy they purchase. The permanent program, known simply as the Renewable Energy Program, will begin in January 2007 and allow customers to purchase 200-kWh blocks for the same $5 charge.
Tampa Electric, which serves about 635,000 customers in west-central Florida, is making the program available to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The utility uses generators cofired with biomass and purchases solar, biomass, and landfill-gas-produced electricity from other sources in Florida.
For more information, see the Florida Public Service Commission December 5 press release.