Florida Requires a Standard Contract and Small Renewable Generators to Pay for Interconnection

July 08, 2005

Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed a House Bill 77 on June 17 that requires the state's investor, municipal, and rural cooperative utilities to offer small renewable energy systems a standard contract for interconnection to the grid. The bill defines renewable generators and slightly enlarges their definition compared with the national definition from 1978 (PURPA). Read the bill.

According to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the new bill requires small renewable generators to pay the costs of interconnection to the electricity distributor. It also requires the Florida Public Utility Commission to establish capacity payments for these generators by January 2006. For more information see the July 2005 edition of IREC's Interconnection newsletter.