Energy Incentive Programs, Florida

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Updated June 2015

Florida utilities budgeted over $550 million for energy efficiency and load management programs in 2014.

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

Florida has no public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs.

What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?

Florida Power and Light (FPL) offers prescriptive incentives for a wide array of projects including insulation, direct expansion air conditioning, heat recovery units, heat pump water heaters, demand controlled ventilation, refrigeration, energy recovery ventilation units, chillers, thermal energy storage systems, and lighting. Custom incentives and solutions that include on-site evaluations and tailored recommendations are also available. Particularly relevant for government customers, the Solutions for Government Services program includes a carbon footprint calculation, project management, performance contracts, and assistance obtaining financing for energy efficiency projects.

Duke Energy (previously Progress Energy) offers the following resources:

  • Energy Efficiency Rebates for a variety for energy efficiency measures and equipment upgrades in existing buildings and new construction, including building envelope, HVAC equipment and related measures, lighting, compressed air systems, and motors.

  • The 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 an energy advisor, is a prerequisite to receiving new construction efficiency rebates.

Gulf Power's EarthCents program offers a broad set of prescriptive incentives for electric energy efficiency retrofits, including building envelope measures. A custom option is also available, but all programs require pre-approval.

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 incentives for lighting, HVAC, building envelope upgrades, water heating, and appliances through the InvestSmart with JEA program. Custom incentives are also available.

Several municipal utilities in Florida 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 (@ $4.75/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 three to four 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 stretch.

  • The Custom Incentives 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 each month of the year. There are penalties for non-compliance with curtailment requests.

Duke Energy (previously Progress Energy) offers its Backup Generator program, in which the utility gets the right to control participants' generators during periods of extreme energy demands. Remuneration is based on the capacity of the subscribed generator(s) and the frequency of events.

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.

Gulf Power's EarthCents program also offers incentives for renewable energy including $2 per watt for solar PV installations (up to $10,000) and a $1,000 rebate for installing a qualifying solar thermal water heating system. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis; check site for availability and reservations.

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, Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, 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 in GSA's Energy Division Library. Federal facilities should contact their account executive to determine the level of each utility's participation.