Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1038 By Senator Brandes 24-00701B-18 20181038__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Energy 2040 Task Force; 3 creating the Energy 2040 Task Force within the Public 4 Service Commission; specifying the purpose of the task 5 force; requiring the task force to make 6 recommendations, giving consideration to certain 7 topics; requiring the commission to provide 8 administrative and support services; specifying the 9 task force membership; authorizing the task force to 10 create advisory committees; specifying that the task 11 force and any advisory committee members will serve 12 without compensation, but are entitled to per diem and 13 travel expenses; requiring that state agencies assist 14 and cooperate with the task force and any advisory 15 committees; specifying that appointments to the task 16 force be made by a certain date; specifying the first 17 meeting of the task force; specifying the process for 18 filling vacancies; specifying quorum and voting 19 procedures; requiring the task force to submit 20 recommendations to the President of the Senate, the 21 Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the 22 Governor by a specified date; providing an expiration 23 date; providing an effective date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. (1) The Energy 2040 Task Force, a task force as 28 defined in s. 20.03, Florida Statutes, is created within the 29 Public Service Commission to project Florida’s electric energy 30 needs over the next 20 years and determine how best to meet 31 those needs in an efficient, affordable, and reliable manner 32 while increasing competition and consumer choice and ensuring 33 adequate electric reserves. 34 (2) Based on these projections and determinations, the task 35 force shall recommend appropriate electric policies for the 36 state, including any necessary statutory changes. In making its 37 projections and determinations, the task force shall consider 38 all relevant topics, including, but not limited to: 39 (a) Forecasts through the year 2040 of the state’s 40 population growth, electricity needs, and electric supply, and 41 the expected diversity of fuels and their sources for use in the 42 state. 43 (b) Projections of the effects of allowing nonutility 44 retail sales of renewable energy, including determinations and 45 recommendations on what types of fuels and technologies should 46 be included in the definition of the term “renewable energy” and 47 what criteria, including restrictions, should be required of 48 entities considered nonutility retail renewable energy 49 producers. For purposes of this section, solar technologies are 50 considered renewable energy. 51 (c) The rights for and obligations between a nonutility 52 direct retail renewable energy producer and its customers, 53 including whether such rights and duties should be a matter of 54 contract or subject to some oversight or regulation by the 55 Public Service Commission and whether courts or the Public 56 Service Commission should resolve any disputes. 57 (d) The effects of nonutility direct retail renewable 58 energy sales on regulated public utilities’ recovery of 59 previously incurred or sunken costs, including what mechanisms 60 should be used to recover these costs. 61 (e) The effects of nonutility direct retail renewable 62 energy sales on a regulated public utility’s obligation to serve 63 all users of electricity within its service territory and the 64 continued purchase by these customers of any services from the 65 regulated public utility. 66 (f) Projections of the effects of allowing the use of micro 67 grids, including services provided by nonutility entities, on 68 energy grid reliability, including what economic, safety, or 69 reliability regulations should be applicable to nonutility 70 operators of micro grids. 71 (g) Emerging and projected electric technologies and 72 concepts, including, but not limited to: 73 1. Solar and other renewable energy; 74 2. Sustainable energy; 75 3. Smart grid technology; 76 4. Energy storage; 77 5. Electric vehicles, including their potential impact on 78 power supply needs and overall emissions; 79 6. Distributed-generation technologies, including their 80 potential contribution to reliable electric supplies and their 81 impact on the state, its environment, and its electric policies; 82 and 83 7. Storm hardening of the state’s electric power 84 transmission and distribution systems. 85 (h) Analysis of the impacts of state and local government 86 taxes on government revenues and the electric supply. 87 (i) The environmental impact of electricity production, 88 generation, and transmission in the state. 89 (3) The Public Service Commission shall provide 90 administrative and support services related to the functions of 91 the task force and any of its advisory committees. 92 (4) The task force shall consist of the following members: 93 (a) The Public Counsel, or his or her designee, who shall 94 serve as the chair of the study task force; 95 (b) The executive director of the Florida Public Service 96 Commission, or his or her designee; 97 (c) The chair of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, or 98 his or her designee; 99 (d) The chief executive officer of the Florida Reliability 100 Coordinating Council, or his or her designee; and 101 (e) Two members of the Senate and two members of the House 102 of Representatives, appointed by the President of the Senate and 103 Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively. 104 (5) The task force may establish any necessary technical 105 advisory committees and appoint task force members to those 106 committees. 107 (6) The task force members and any advisory committee 108 members shall serve without compensation, but are entitled to 109 per diem and travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061, Florida 110 Statutes. 111 (7) All state agencies shall assist and cooperate with the 112 task force as requested by the task force or any of its advisory 113 committees. 114 (8) Appointments to the task force pursuant to subsection 115 (4) must be made by July 1, 2018, and the first meeting of the 116 task force must be held by August 1, 2018. Any vacancy occurring 117 in the membership of the task force is to be filled in the same 118 manner as the original appointment. The task force may not meet 119 or take any action without a quorum present, which is a minimum 120 of five members. Each member of the task force is entitled to 121 one vote, and any recommendation or other action of the task 122 force must be upon a majority vote of the entire membership of 123 the task force. 124 (9) The task force shall submit its recommendations to the 125 President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of 126 Representatives, and the Governor by January 1, 2020. 127 (10) This section expires on June 30, 2020. 128 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.