Energy Security & Disaster Resiliency Pilot Program (Watch)

Energy Security & Disaster Resiliency Pilot Program (Watch)

HB 1133 (Raschein) and SB 1888 (Garcia) create an Energy Security and Disaster Resilience Pilot Program within state-designated Areas of Critical State Concern. The purpose of the program is to evaluate the effectiveness of distributed energy generation and energy storage technologies to provide for energy needs for “critical disaster resilience facilities” during a natural disaster or declared state of emergency, and to assess the benefits of grants for distributed energy generation and energy storage technologies throughout the state to improve energy security and enhance disaster preparedness. The bills establish a grant program. They also direct the Florida Solar Energy Center to study the benefits of using solar energy storage technologies and other renewable energy generation and storage technologies, and to make recommendations for expanding the pilot program statewide. The study will be provided to the governor and Legislature by October 2019. (O’Hara)