Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1888 By Senator Garcia 36-01553-18 20181888__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the energy security and disaster 3 resilience pilot program; creating s. 377.817, F.S.; 4 creating the pilot program within the Department of 5 Agriculture and Consumer Services; specifying program 6 purpose; defining terms; providing for the issuance of 7 grants to offset costs relating to certain onsite 8 solar energy storage systems for certain facilities 9 located in areas of critical state concern; providing 10 policies and procedures for grant application 11 approval; directing the department to adopt rules by a 12 specified date; directing the Florida Solar Energy 13 Center to conduct a specified study under certain 14 circumstances and to publish and provide copies of the 15 study to the Governor, the Legislature, and the 16 Commissioner of Agriculture by a specified date; 17 providing an expiration date; providing an 18 appropriation; providing an effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Section 377.817, Florida Statutes, is created to 23 read: 24 377.817 Energy security and disaster resilience pilot 25 program.— 26 (1) PROGRAM CREATION AND PURPOSE.—There is created within 27 the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services an energy 28 security and disaster resilience pilot program. The purpose of 29 the pilot program is to: 30 (a) Encourage use of and demonstrate the effectiveness of 31 distributed energy generation and energy storage technologies to 32 provide for the energy needs of critical disaster resilience 33 facilities located in areas of critical state concern during a 34 natural disaster or declared state of emergency; and 35 (b) Study and assess the benefits of grants for distributed 36 energy generation and energy storage technologies throughout the 37 state to improve the security of the state’s energy resources 38 and enhance preparedness and resilience for a natural disaster 39 or declared state of emergency. 40 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 41 (a) “Area of critical state concern” means an area 42 designated pursuant to s. 380.05. 43 (b) “Critical disaster resilience facility” means: 44 1. Any emergency operations center or other building owned 45 by a state, county, or municipal government agency that is 46 designated by appropriate authorities as a place of community 47 refuge made available to provide temporary shelter and housing 48 to citizens during any natural disaster or declared state of 49 emergency; 50 2. Hospitals, assisted living facilities, and other public 51 health facilities needed to provide health services following a 52 natural disaster or declared state of emergency; 53 3. Airports, ports, and other transportation facilities 54 needed for evacuation and critical transportation needs in 55 preparation for and in response to a natural disaster or 56 declared state of emergency; 57 4. Facilities needed for personnel and services related to 58 emergency management, law enforcement, public safety, fire and 59 rescue, and first responders; and 60 5. Buildings housing state, county, or municipal government 61 agencies providing any services relating to disaster 62 preparedness or response. 63 (c) “Department” means the Department of Agriculture and 64 Consumer Services. 65 (d) “Onsite solar energy storage system” means a solar 66 photovoltaic generation device or system that is paired with an 67 electricity storage device or system that: 68 1. Is located on a critical disaster resilience facility’s 69 premises and is used primarily to offset all or part of the 70 facility’s onsite electrical load, or to provide backup power in 71 the event of a utility electrical outage; 72 2. Is capable of isolating from the electric grid and 73 operating independently during a utility electrical outage; and 74 3. Has sufficient battery storage capacity to supply at 75 least 24 hours of backup power for the critical disaster 76 resilience facility’s onsite electrical load or at least 5 hours 77 of the facility’s average daily usage. 78 (3) GRANTS.—The department shall establish and issue grants 79 to offset costs for the purchase or lease and installation of 80 onsite solar energy storage systems placed into service after 81 January 1, 2018, to serve critical disaster resilience 82 facilities located in areas of critical state concern. 83 (4) APPLICATION PROCESS.— 84 (a) An applicant seeking a grant, including an owner or 85 installer of the onsite solar energy storage system applying on 86 behalf of a critical disaster resilience facility, shall submit 87 an application to the department by a specified date as 88 determined by department rule. The application shall require a 89 complete description of all eligible costs, proof of purchase or 90 lease of the onsite solar energy storage system for which the 91 applicant is seeking a grant, and any other information deemed 92 necessary by the department. 93 (b) The department shall determine the grant eligibility of 94 each applicant in accordance with the requirements of this 95 section and department rule. The total amount of grants issued 96 to eligible applicants may not exceed the amount appropriated 97 for the pilot program. Grants shall be issued to eligible 98 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by 99 the date the application is received, until all appropriated 100 funds are expended or the program ends, whichever occurs first. 101 (5) RULES.—The department shall adopt rules to administer 102 this section by December 31, 2018, including rules relating to 103 the forms required to obtain a grant under this section, the 104 required documentation and basis for establishing grant 105 eligibility, and procedures and guidelines for obtaining a 106 grant. 107 (6) ENERGY STORAGE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES STUDY.— 108 (a) The Florida Solar Energy Center shall, subject to 109 legislative appropriation and allocation of funds by the 110 department, conduct a study on the benefits of using solar 111 energy storage technologies and other renewable energy 112 generation and storage technologies. 113 (b) The study must include an assessment of the benefits 114 provided by solar energy storage technologies pursuant to the 115 pilot program, based on factors that may include, but are not 116 limited to, public health and safety, disaster preparedness and 117 resilience, capital investment, net customer savings, net 118 utility savings or deferred investments, net job creation, 119 impact on utility service rates and service quality, and any 120 other factors related to the use of such technologies. 121 (c) The study shall include, but is not limited to: 122 1. Identification of existing policies relating to the use 123 of solar energy storage technologies and other renewable energy 124 generation and storage technologies; 125 2. Recommendations for expanding the pilot program as a 126 statewide energy security and disaster resilience policy; and 127 3. Recommendations for statewide utility planning and 128 procurement policies that will provide net benefits from the use 129 of solar energy storage technologies and other renewable energy 130 generation and storage technologies. 131 (d) By October 1, 2019, the Florida Solar Energy Center 132 shall publish the results of the study and submit copies of the 133 study to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker 134 of the House of Representatives, and the Commissioner of 135 Agriculture. 136 (7) PILOT PROGRAM EXPIRATION.—This section expires on July 137 1, 2020. 138 Section 2. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the sum of $10 139 million in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General 140 Revenue Fund to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer 141 Services for the purpose of funding the energy security and 142 disaster resilience pilot program created by this act. 143 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.