Tomorrow, August 11, marks National 811 Day, and the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) reminds residents and businesses to call 8-1-1 to have underground utility lines marked prior to any digging project. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because of someone digging without calling 8-1-1. [Read more…] about Florida PSC Urges Residents to Call 811 Before You Dig
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Following the national trend, Florida consumers continued to shift from landline telephone service to wireless and cable/VoIP services in 2017. Data also indicates that residential migration might be increasing slightly. Carriers reported about 17 percent fewer wireline access lines in Florida than in 2016, according to the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) annual Report on the Status of Competition in the Telecommunications Industry. [Read more…] about PSC Telecom Report Shows Competition Drives Consumer Choice
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today ordered KW Resort Utilities Corporation (KWRU) to make refunds to customers and to account for–or “show cause”–why its billing practices appear to be inconsistent with the utility’s approved tariff. [Read more…] about Florida PSC Orders KW Resort Utilities Corporation to Account for Billing Violations
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today issued a declaratory statement that affirms Vivint Solar Developer, LLC can offer residential solar equipment leases in Florida. Commissioners agreed that Vivint’s 20-year, fixed-payment solar equipment lease is not a retail sale of electricity.
PSC rules have long allowed leasing of renewable energy equipment, but the lease terms cannot be structured to, in effect, sell electricity to the customer. Homeowners can purchase or lease equipment to generate electricity for personal use and also benefit from interconnection and net metering with their local utility.
“As solar becomes more affordable and, therefore, more attractive to residential customers, the PSC supports ways to continue to ‘prime the pump’ for renewable energy adoption,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “This declaratory statement helps provide more residential solar options for Florida’s ratepayers.”
In its declaratory statement, the PSC found today that:
- Vivint’s residential solar equipment lease, as described in its petition, does not constitute a sale of electricity;
- Offering its solar equipment lease to Florida consumers will not cause Vivint to be a public utility under Florida law; and
- The residential solar equipment lease will not subject Vivint or its customer lessees to Commission regulation.
Vivint is a dedicated residential solar, storage, and energy services company with over 125,000 customers in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
In April, the Commission issued a similar declaratory statement for Sunrun, Inc. A PSC declaratory statement is not required by rule or statute for a company to lease solar equipment to Florida residents, if the lease is not a retail sale of electricity.
For additional information, visit floridapsc.com.
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a Commission Conference on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. Items scheduled for consideration can be found here. Public comment may be taken on any item noticed for public participation. [Read more…] about Florida PSC Commission Conference on Tuesday
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today issued its report on electric utilities’ hurricane preparedness and restoration actions and found that, overall, the length of power outages was reduced, indicating that storm hardening practices work. [Read more…] about Florida PSC Issues Report on Utility Storm Hardening and Restoration Actions
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) invites customers of Pine Harbour Waterworks, Inc. (Pine Harbour) to a customer meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2018, to discuss the utility’s petition for a rate change. Customers can comment on Pine Harbour’s proposed rates and any quality of service issues at the meeting. [Read more…] about PSC Customer Meeting for Pine Harbour Waterworks, Inc.
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved extending Duke Energy Florida, LLC’s (DEF) budget billing program to commercial customers. Currently available to residential customers, DEF’s commercial customers will now have the option of a predictable monthly bill payment. [Read more…] about PSC Increases Billing Options for Duke’s Commercial Customers
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved cost recovery for Duke Energy Florida, LLC’s (DEF) new Citrus County power plant, one of the largest industry projects of its kind. The 1,640-megawatt (MW) natural gas facility will provide enough energy to power approximately 110,000 residential homes. [Read more…] about PSC Allows Duke’s New Citrus County Plant to Begin Service
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) customers will soon see a one-time refund, plus interest, on their monthly bill. [Read more…] about Florida PSC Refunds FPL Customers for Hurricane Matthew Costs