Tampa Electric Receives Public Service Commission Approval to Expand Energy Efficiency Programs
TAMPA, September 25, 2007
The Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) today approved Tampa Electric’s request to expand its current offerings of energy efficiency programs to include new conservation programs such as:
- A Low Income Program that provides no cost items to low-income families to help them conserve energy.
- An Energy Awareness Pilot Program that partners with area schools at the eighth grade level to teach energy efficiency at home and school.
The FPSC also approved the company’s plans to add new features or enhancements to its existing residential and commercial energy conservation programs, to include:
- A Telephone Audit that will provide more convenience to customers
- Window Replacement/Upgrades that pay incentives up to $350
- A Window Film program that pays incentives up to $1 per square foot
- A Home Energy Audit that will provide participating customers with six compact fluorescent lamps
- Heating & Cooling program incentives of up to $275
- Ceiling Insulation incentives of up to $200
- Reduced Duct Repair fees of $50 (from $79)
- Commercial Cooling enhancements – including increased incentives and expansion to include larger units
- A Commercial Energy Efficient Motors program that will provide a $2.50 incentive per horsepower for energy efficient motor upgrades
Tampa Electric previously received approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to expand its highly successful innovative Energy Planner Pilot Program to all new qualified customers. Energy Planner allows customers to make energy consumption decisions based on near real-time energy prices by using a programmable thermostat provided at no charge.
Almost 400,000 customers have participated in Tampa Electric’s conservation programs to date, for which the company has paid energy conservation incentives to approximately 270,000 customers.
"Tampa Electric is pleased that the Public Service Commission approved our plans to add new energy efficiency programs and to enhance our existing conservation initiatives," said Dee Brown, Tampa Electric Vice President, Customer Service and Regulatory Affairs. “The new and enhanced programs will provide our customers with even more tools to be more energy efficient in their homes and businesses. By partnering with Tampa Electric to conserve energy, our customers can protect the environment and save money on their monthly electric costs.”
Tampa Electric began its conservation program initiatives in the late 1970s prior to any federal or state energy conservation requirements. The company continues to promote conservation to its customers through various existing programs, including its Home Energy Audit, which identifies energy consumption problems, Heating and Cooling Rebates and Ceiling Insulation programs. From 1979 through 2006, Tampa Electric's conservation programs have offset the need to generate enough electricity to serve 528,000 average size homes over a 12-month period.
Tampa Electric is also a leader in renewable energy programs. In 1999, the company installed an 18,000-watt solar panel at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. Additional installations include a 4,000-watt solar panel at Walker Middle School in Odessa and a 7,000-watt solar panel at Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach.
The company recently installed the largest solar array in Florida ’s schools at Middleton High School , which was dedicated on April 25 of this year. A magnet school for math, science, engineering and technology, Middleton hosts a 10,500-watt array as part of the school’s curriculum. In case of a natural disaster or other emergency, the array also provides supplemental power for the Red Cross shelter located in this school. The four installations combined total almost 40,000 watts.
Customers can purchase blocks of power generated from renewable sources of energy in increments of $5 per month added to their monthly electric bill. Since April 2004, participation in the program has increased from 233 to 1,552 customers.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.