The Department of Environmental Protection regulates the construction, repair, and abandonment of wells, as well as the persons and businesses undertaking such practices. Governing boards of water management districts are authorized to implement programs for the issuance of permits for the location, construction, repair, and abandonment of water wells. However, the Department may prescribe minimum standards for the location, construction, repair, and abandonment of water wells throughout all or parts of the state, as may be determined by the Department.
It is the public policy of the state to conserve and control the natural resources of oil and gas, and their products; to prevent waste of oil and gas; to provide for the protection and adjustment of the rights of landowners, producers, and interested parties; and to safeguard the health, property and public welfare of the citizens of said state and other interested persons. The Division of Resource Management within the Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for regulating the production and conservation of oil and gas resources.
This entry lists the states with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies that accept generation located in Florida as eligible sources towards their RPS targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation.
The Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund incentive is available for companies that create high wage jobs in targeted high value-added industries. The incentive refunds up to $3,000 per new full-time employee, $6000 in an Enterprise Zone. More tax refunds are available if companies reach certain wage levels. This incentive also includes refunds on corporate income, sales, ad valorem, intangible personal property, insurance premium, and others. The incentive is capped at $5 million per applicant.
Chapter 366 of the Florida Statutes governs the operation of public utilities, and includes a section pertaining to cogeneration and small power production (366.051). This section establishes the state's support for incorporating cogenerators and small power producers into the grid, and directs the Public Service Commission to establish regulations and guidelines pertaining to the sale of electricity from these generators to electric utilities. Public utility power purchasing rates must be equal to the purchasing utility's full avoided costs.
Florida provides a property tax exemption for residential photovoltaic systems, wind energy systems, solar water heaters, and geothermal heat pumps installed on or after January 1, 2013. For the purpose of assessing property taxes for a home, an increase in the just value of the property attributable to the installation of this equipment should be ignored. The exemption applies to the following types of equipment used as part of a solar, wind or geothermal system:
Progress Energy Florida (PEF) launched the ''Solar Water Heating with EnergyWise Program'' in February 2007 to encourage its residential customers to participate in its load control program and install a solar water heating system. In 2011, Progress Energy expanded its SunSense program to Florida and increased the Solar Water Heating Program rebate amount.
Program incentives are as follows:
* A $550 credit on the customer’s electric bill to offset the purchase of a solar water heating system (for systems installed on March 15, 2011 or after);
Progress Energy Florida (PEF) offers the SunSense Schools Program which provides up to 11 public schools with fully installed solar photovoltaic systems annually. The application process is competitive with priority statues given to schools which have already been designated by Progress as Enhanced Hurricane Protection Areas (EHPA).