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The much anticipated "Woody Biomass Economic Study" has been completed.
The final report can be downloaded form the Division of Forestry's
website, http://www.fl-dof.com <http://www.fl-dof.com/> .

 

 

Upcoming Florida Energy Events

 

Power Up 2010 Energy Conference & Expo - March 10-13, 2010, Fort Walton
Beach - www.powerup2010.com <http://www.powerup2010.com/> 

 

Regional Energy Summit hosted by the USDA Rural Development - March 11,
2010, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Santa Fe College, Gainesville - RSVP to
Katrina Leonard at [log in to unmask] or (386) 719-5590 ext.
110 by March 8, 2010.

 

FARE 2010 Annual Conference & Golf Tournament - March 26-28, 2010,
Orlando - www.floridaallianceforrenewableenergy.org

 

Waste-to-Fuels Conference & Trade Show - April 18-20, 2010, Jacksonville
- www.waste-to-fuels.org

 

2010 Farm to Fuel Summit - August 11-13, Orlando -
www.floridafarmtofuel.com/summit_2010.htm

 

 

Renewable Energy Legislation

 

The following is a list of key bills filed in the 2010 legislative
session.  For more information go to www.flsenate.gov
<http://www.flsenate.gov/>  or www.myfloridahouse.gov
<http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/> .

 

HB 0043 Relating to Tax on Sales, Use, and Other Transactions (Domino)

Expands definition of term "biodiesel" for specified tax exemption
purposes; deletes expiration provision; reenacts provision relating to
renewable energy technologies investment tax credit for reference
incorporation purposes.  

 

SB 0596 Relating to Energy (Detert)      

Requires that electric utilities meet or exceed specified standards for
the production or purchase of clean energy. Authorizes the Public
Service Commission to allow a utility to recover the costs of converting
an existing fossil fuel plant to a biomass plant under certain
conditions. Provides legislative findings with respect to the need to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the direct end-use of natural
gas, etc.  

 

HB 0773 Relating to Expedited Permitting (Kreegel)

Transfers authority over expedited permitting & comprehensive plan
amendment process from OTTED to Secretary of Environmental Protection;
revises job-creation criteria for businesses to qualify to submit such
permit applications & local comprehensive plan amendments; provides for
expedited review of specified renewable energy projects; provides for
establishment of regional permit action teams through execution of
memoranda of agreement developed by permit applicants & secretary;
provides for appeal & challenge of expedited permit or comprehensive
plan amendment; revises provisions for review of sites proposed for
location of facilities eligible for Innovation Incentive Program;
specifies expedited review for certain electrical power projects.

 

SB 0774 Relating to Renewable Energy Policy (Constantine) 

Ratifies the rules on renewable portfolio standards adopted by the
Public Service Commission.

 

SB 0788 Relating to Tax on Sales, Use, and Other Transactions (Baker)

Expands the definition of the term "biodiesel" for certain tax exemption
purposes. Defines the terms "renewable diesel" and "renewable fuel oil"
for purposes of a sales tax exemption for materials used in the
distribution of such items. Deletes a provision providing for the
expiration of a sales tax exemption relating to renewable energy
technologies, etc.  

 

HB 1065 Relating to Biodiesel Fuel (Precourt)

Exempts biodiesel fuel manufactured by public or private secondary
school from taxation under specified circumstances; specifies
circumstances under which public or private secondary school that
manufactures biodiesel fuel is exempt from certain registration
requirements.

 

SB 1086 Relating to Renewable Energy (Detert)

Requires that a purchase contract offered to producers of renewable
energy contain payment provisions for energy and capacity based upon a
public utility's equivalent cost-recovery rate for certain clean energy
projects rather than the utility's full avoided costs.

 

SB 1126 Relating to Permitting (Altman)

Clarifies duties of the OTTED to approve expedited permitting and
comprehensive plan amendments. Revises criteria for businesses
submitting permit applications or local comprehensive plan amendments.
Provides that permit applications and local comprehensive plan
amendments for specified biofuel and renewable energy projects are
eligible for the expedited permitting process, etc.  

 

SB 1186 Relating to Renewable Energy (Bennett)

Revises legislative intent regarding the state's renewable energy
policy. Deletes provisions requiring that the PSC adopt rules for a
renewable portfolio standard. Requires that the commission provide for
full cost recovery for certain renewable energy projects. Redefines the
term "electrical power plant" for purposes of the Florida Electrical
Power Plant Siting Act to exclude solar electrical generating
facilities, etc.  

 

HB 1267 Relating to Renewable Energy (Rehwinkel Vasilinda)

Requires electric utilities to collect monthly systems charge from
residential, commercial, & industrial customers; provides for deposit of
collected funds into Sustainable and Renewable Energy Policy Trust Fund;
creates direct-support organization for Florida Energy Office; requires
contract between office & direct-support organization; provides for use
of funds; requires annual audit; requires purchase contract offered to
producers of renewable energy contain payment provisions for energy &
capacity based upon public utility's equivalent cost-recovery rate for
certain clean energy projects; extends period of time for which
residents are eligible to receive rebates for specified solar energy
systems; provides schedule for rebate amounts.

 

HB 1371 Relating to Renewable Energy (Randolph)

Requires that purchase contract offered to producers of renewable energy
contain payment provisions for energy & capacity based upon public
utility's equivalent cost-recovery rate for certain clean energy
projects rather than utility's full avoided costs.  

 

HB 1417 Relating to Renewable Energy (Kriseman)

Deletes provision requiring certain net metering be made available when
utility purchases power generated from biogas produced by anaerobic
digestions of agricultural waste; ratifies rules on renewable portfolio
standards adopted by Public Service Commission.

 

HB 1471 Relating to Renewable Energy (Williams)

Revises legislative intent regarding state's renewable energy policy;
deletes provisions requiring PSC to adopt rules for renewable portfolio
standard; requires PSC to provide full cost recovery including return on
equity for certain renewable energy projects; provides exemptions from
determination of need requirements; provides that legislative
determination fulfills certain requirements; redefines term "electrical
power plant" for purposes of Florida Electrical Power Plant Siting Act
to exclude solar electrical generating facilities.

 

SB 1730 Relating to Biodiesel Fuel (Oelrich)

Exempts biodiesel fuel manufactured by a public or private secondary
school from taxation under certain circumstances. Specifies the
circumstances under which a public or private secondary school that
manufactures such fuel is exempt from certain registration requirements.


 

SB 2346 Relating to Renewable Energy (Altman)     

Cites act as the "Florida Farm to Energy Act." Requires investor-owned
electric utilities and participating municipal electric utilities and
rural electric cooperatives to collect renewable energy fees from retail
electric customers. Provides for the deposit and use of such fees.
Provides procedures for municipal electric utilities and rural electric
cooperatives to participate or terminate their participation, etc.  

 

SB 2404 Relating to Renewable Energy (Bennett)

Requires each electric utility in the state to collect from each
residential, commercial, and industrial customer a designated monthly
systems charge. Requires the electric utilities to deposit collected
funds into the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Policy Trust Fund.
Creates a direct-support organization for the Florida Energy Office.
Revises the expiration date for the Solar Energy System Incentives
Program, etc.  

 

SB 2660 Relating to Renewable Energy (Bennett)

Deletes a provision requiring that net metering be made available when a
utility purchases power generated from biogas produced by the anaerobic
digestions of agricultural waste.