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Energy Incentive Programs, Florida

October 29, 2013 - 11:29am


Updated December 2012

What public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs are available in my state?

Florida has no public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs. The state's utilities budgeted approximately $370 million for energy efficiency and load management programs in 2011.

What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?

Florida Power and Light (FPL) offers the following opportunities:

  • Free Business Energy Evaluations provide comprehensive analysis of facility energy use and recommendations for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. Evaluations are available both online and on-site.

  • Building Envelope rebates include window treatments (up to $1 per sf), ceiling insulation (up to $0.15 per sf) and reflective roof measures. Projects must be approved in advance in order to qualify for incentives.

  • FPL's Interior Building programs provide incentives for efficient lighting (e.g., rebates of 65 cents to $4 for each linear fluorescent lamp), a variety of HVAC and chiller equipment, thermal energy storage, refrigeration and water heating equipment. Installations must be approved in advance.

  • T he Energy Innovation is a custom incentive program that rewards innovations that trim at least 25 kW from summer peak demand (April - October between 3 and 6 P.M.). To qualify for an incentive under this program, the project must differ from other FPL rebate programs (see above) and be approved by FPL in advance.

  • The Services for Government program offers turn-key services including identification of energy-saving opportunities, carbon footprint calculation, project management, performance contracts and assistance obtaining financing for energy efficiency projects.

Progress Energy offerings include:

  • Energy Efficiency Rebates for a variety for energy efficiency measures and equipment upgrades in existing buildings and new construction, including HVAC, motors, lighting, cool roofs, green roofs, thermal energy storage, and window films. The utility also provides cost-shared services for existing buildings including ceiling insulation upgrades, duct check and repair, rooftop air conditioner re-commissioning and PTAC/PTHP coil steam-cleaning when walk-through audits suggest these measures.

  • Progress Energy's Business Energy Check tool is offered to all customers online. This tool helps customers identify potential energy efficiency measures for businesses. Use of this tool, and a follow-up with a Progress Energy advisor, is a prerequisite to receiving new construction efficiency rebates.

Gulf Power's Incentives for Business program offers a broad set of prescriptive incentives for electric energy efficiency retrofits, including building envelope measures. A custom option is also available.

Florida Public Utilities offers a variety of incentives to commercial customers, including:

Tampa Electric Company (TECO) offers financial incentives for a range of energy-efficient equipment from lighting and air conditioning (including chillers) to heat pump water heaters and motors, as well as for envelope improvements such as insulation and window film. TECO also offers free basic energy audits and very low-cost comprehensive energy audits (for facilities of greater than 100,000 sf or with peak demand over 500 kW) to evaluate facility energy use and opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.

Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) offers a variety of efficiency incentives through its InvestSmart program. Rebates are available for lighting, HVAC, building envelope upgrades, appliances, and custom projects.

Several municipal utilities also offer modest equipment rebates to commercial customers. These are profiled at the Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) site.

What load management/demand response options are available to me?

TECO offers several load management programs:

  • The Conservation Value Program provides rebates up to $275 per average kW reduction for equipment that shifts or reduces energy use during summer and/or winter peak periods. Measures providing as little as 5 kW are eligible.

  • The Load Management Program offers customers $3.00-$3.50/kW credit on their monthly bills for allowing Tampa Electric to control operation of air conditioning or specialized equipment during peak demand periods. Payment occurs regardless of whether TECO calls the program or not.

  • The Standby Generator Program provides customers with credits on their monthly electric bill (@ $4.00/kW) for the portion of the normal facility load that can be served by a standby generator within 30 minutes' notice during peak demand periods.

Florida Power and Light's load management programs include the following:

  • The Commercial Demand Reduction (CDR) program provides substantial monthly credits to customers that demonstrate the ability to shed at least 200 kW by allowing FP&L to install direct load control devices on assorted equipment following a free audit. Credits are awarded regardless of whether FPL initiates a demand event. Advance notice of control events is provided to the customer.

  • Under the On Call┬« Savings Program customers agree to let FPL occasionally turn off air conditioning during peak demand times and in return receive a monthly bill credit of $2 per ton per month for each of the seven months of the program (April-October) - even if the air conditioning is never turned off. The program has historically been activated 3 to 4 times per year. During a peak event period, the customer's A/C may cycle off for 15 minutes per 30-minute period for no more than a six-hour time period.

  • The Energy Innovation program offers financial incentives for implementing energy-saving ideas (subject to FPL approval) that trim at least 25 kW of demand during FPL's peak demand periods (April-October, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.).

  • FP&L also provides a set of Curtailable Service rates, in which customers agreeing to shed 200 kW or greater "from time to time" are remunerated at $1.67 per kW each month of the year. There are penalties for non-compliance with curtailment requests.

Progress Energy offers its Backup Generator Program, in which the utility gets the right to control participants' generators in emergency grid situations. Remuneration is based on the capacity of the subscribed generator(s) and the frequency of events.

Progress also provides several discounted load management and curtailable service rates for customers that can shed load upon request. The load management options involve direct load control of electrical equipment (e.g., packaged air conditioners) by the utility. The more attractive curtailable service options require a 25% curtailment (minimum 500 kW).

What distributed energy resource options are available to me?

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) provides information on programs that offer incentives for renewable distributed generation. The following programs may be of interest to federal customers:

Florida Power & Light's Business Solar Water Heating program provides rebates of up to $50,000 ($30/1,000 Btu/h per day) for installing new solar water heating systems.

Gainesville Regional Utilities' Solar FIT program provides a feed-in tariff for PV systems. Remuneration rates range from $0.24 to $0.32 per kWh (depending on array size and application) and contracts are for twenty years.

Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) offers its Solar Incentive Program to commercial customers who install or repair solar hot water systems. Incentives range up to 30% of the total installed cost, with a maximum of $5,000 per new installation and $500 for repair of an existing one.

Are there energy efficiency programs sponsored by the state government?

For information on state-funded energy efficiency options, contact the Florida Energy Office. There are currently no programs open to federal facilities.

What additional opportunities are available to me?

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a state-supported research and training center for renewable energy and energy efficiency, offers a variety of resources and services, primarily focused on passive design principles and solar energy, to builders and consumers.

Federal customers whose utilities have area-wide supply contracts through GSA (e.g., AGL Resources, Gulf Power, Okaloosa County Gas, Peoples Gas, Tampa Electric, and Florida Power & Light) may be able to take advantage of 3rd-party financed energy efficiency projects called utility energy services contracts (UESCs). Information is available on GSA's Energy Center of Expertise Library Page. Federal facilities should contact their account executive to determine the level of each utility's participation.

NOTE: Energy efficiency funds and demand response programs are updated at least annually.