The Transmission Line Siting Act (TLSA) is the state’s centralized process for licensing electrical transmission lines which; (a) are 230 kV or larger; (b) cross a county line; and, (c) are 15 miles or longer. An applicant can request to use the act for a line less than 15 miles long or if within one county. The Act establishes a centralized and coordinated licensing process for the location of electric transmission line corridors and the construction, operation, and maintenance of electric transmission lines.
This Act is intended to provide for the development of natural, commercial, recreational, ecological, industrial, and aesthetic resources, including, but not limited to, energy facilities, of immediate potential value to the present and future well-being of the residents of this state. To the extent possible, local governments are encouraged to implement state land and water management policies through existing processes for the guidance of growth and development.
Florida City Gas (FCG) encourages residential customers to become more energy efficient by offering various rebates for the purchase and installation of efficient natural gas appliances. Rebate amounts depend on whether appliances are converted from a different power source or natural gas quipment upgrades. Customers must complete a [http://www.floridacitygas.com/Home/EnergySavings/RebateForms.aspx rebate form] with all relevant purchase information.
The Florida Capital Access Program, run by the Florida Department of Economic Development, is a loan portfolio insurance program enabling lenders to make loans to credit-worthy small businesses. Small businesses can contact participating lenders to enroll in CAP.
This Act provides for state-owned submerged lands in areas which have exceptional biological, aesthetic, and scientific value, to be set aside as aquatic preserves or sanctuaries for the benefit of future generations. The remainder of this legislation contains additional information on the extent of designated aquatic preserves as well as information on permitted and prohibited activities specific to individual preserves. General provisions for the maintenance of aquatic preserves can be found in section 258.42 of the Florida Statutes.
It is the policy of the state of Florida to protect, maintain, and improve the quality of the air and waters of the state. This Act authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to enact and implement regulations designed to control and abate activities which may contribute to air and water pollution. Various regulations may be found in chapter 62 of the Florida Administrative Code. This legislation contains information on point-source discharges, mixing zones, and permitting requirements for pollution sources.
Enterprise Zone Incentives encourage business growth within certain geographic areas targeted for economic revitalization. Businesses which create jobs within a designated zone are eligible for several tax incentives, including sales and use tax credit, tax refunds for machinery or equipment, sales tax refund for building materials, and a sales tax exemption for electrical energy.
In 1980, Florida enacted the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA), creating Florida Statutes Section 366.80-366.85 and Section 403.519. Section 366.82(6) requires the Florida Public Service Commission to review the conservation goals of each utility subject to FEECA at least every five years. Most recently, goals were established on December 30, 2009 with the passage of Order No. PSC-09-0855-FOF-EG. Utilities whose annual sales amount to less than 2,000 GWh as of July 1, 1993 are not subject to FEECA.
In the 2009 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature established the Pilot Program to address economic development and the creation of energy efficient land use patterns. The Energy Economic Zone Pilot Program aims to develop a model to help communities cultivate green economic development, encourage renewable electric energy generation, manufacture products that contribute to energy conservation and green jobs, and further implement building code standards relative to discouraging sprawl and developing energy-efficient land use patterns and greenhouse gas reduction strategies.
The Florida Energy Conservation and Sustainable Buildings Act requires the use of energy-efficient equipment and design, and solar energy devices for heating and cooling state buildings where life-cycle cost analysis determines that solar-energy systems will be cost-effective over the life of the building. Florida law also requires that all new educational facilities include passive solar design.