Energy 2040 Task Force (Watch)

Energy 2040 Task Force (Watch)

SB 1038 (Brandes) creates the Energy 2040 Task Force within the Public Service Commission to protect Florida’s electric energy needs over the next 20 years and determine how to best meet those needs while increasing competition and consumer choice. The task force is directed to make recommendations for policy and statutory changes on various topics, including but not limited to: population growth, electricity needs and fuel diversity; projections on the effects of allowing nonutility retail sales of renewable energy; the rights and obligations between a nonutility direct retail renewable energy producer and its customers, including need for regulatory oversight; the effects of nonutility direct retail renewable energy sales on regulated public utilities’ recovery of costs; the effects of nonutility direct retail renewable energy sales on a regulated public utility’s obligation to serve all customers within its service territory; projections on the effect of using “micro-grids”; emerging technologies; analysis of impacts of state and local taxes on electric supply; and the environmental impacts of electricity generation and transmission. The bill identifies task force members and authorizes creation of technical advisory committees by the task force. Task force appointments must be made by July 1, 2018, and its first meeting must be held by August 1, 2018. The task force must submit recommendations to the Legislature and governor by June 30, 2020.  (O’Hara)