Florida Senate - 2020 SB 144 By Senator Brandes 24-00158-20 2020144__ 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 establish advisory committees; specifying that the 11 task force and any advisory committee members will 12 serve without compensation, but are entitled to per 13 diem and travel expenses; requiring that state 14 agencies assist and cooperate with the task force and 15 any advisory committees; specifying that appointments 16 to the task force be made by a certain date; 17 specifying the first meeting of the task force; 18 specifying the process for filling vacancies; 19 specifying quorum and voting procedures; requiring the 20 task force to submit recommendations to the President 21 of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of 22 Representatives, and the Governor by a specified date; 23 providing an expiration date; providing an effective 24 date. 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. (1) The Energy 2040 Task Force, a task force as 29 defined in s. 20.03(8), Florida Statutes, is created within the 30 Public Service Commission to project this state’s electric 31 energy needs over the next 20 years and determine how best to 32 meet those needs in an efficient, affordable, and reliable 33 manner while increasing competition and consumer choice and 34 ensuring adequate electric reserves. 35 (2) Based on these projections and determinations, the task 36 force shall recommend appropriate electric policies for the 37 state, including any necessary statutory changes. In making its 38 projections and determinations, the task force shall consider 39 all relevant topics, including, but not limited to: 40 (a) Forecasts through the year 2040 of this state’s 41 population growth, electricity needs, and electric supply, and 42 the expected diversity of fuels and their sources for use in the 43 state. 44 (b) Projections of the effects of allowing nonutility 45 retail sales of renewable energy, including determinations and 46 recommendations on what types of fuels and technologies should 47 be included in the definition of the term “renewable energy” and 48 what criteria, including restrictions, should be required of 49 entities considered nonutility retail renewable energy 50 producers. For purposes of this section, solar technologies are 51 considered renewable energy. 52 (c) The rights of and obligations between a nonutility 53 direct retail renewable energy producer and its customers, 54 including whether such rights and obligations should be a matter 55 of contract or subject to oversight or regulation by the Public 56 Service Commission and whether the courts or the commission 57 should resolve any disputes. 58 (d) The effects of nonutility direct retail renewable 59 energy sales on regulated public utilities’ recovery of 60 previously incurred or sunken costs, including what mechanisms 61 should be used to recover these costs. 62 (e) The effects of nonutility direct retail renewable 63 energy sales on a regulated public utility’s obligation to serve 64 all users of electricity within its service territory and these 65 customers’ continued purchase of any services from the regulated 66 public utility. 67 (f) Projections of the effects of allowing the use of micro 68 grids, including services provided by nonutility entities, on 69 energy grid reliability and what economic, safety, or 70 reliability regulations should apply to nonutility operators of 71 micro grids. 72 (g) Emerging and projected electric technologies and 73 concepts, including, but not limited to: 74 1. Solar and other renewable energy; 75 2. Sustainable energy; 76 3. Smart grid technology; 77 4. Energy storage; 78 5. Electric vehicles, including their potential impact on 79 power supply needs and overall emissions; 80 6. Distributed generation technologies, including their 81 potential contribution to reliable electric supplies and their 82 impact on this state, its environment, and its electric 83 policies; and 84 7. Storm hardening of this state’s electric power 85 transmission and distribution systems. 86 (h) Analysis of the impacts of state and local government 87 taxes on government revenues and the electric supply. 88 (i) The environmental impact of electricity production, 89 generation, and transmission in this state. 90 (3) The Public Service Commission shall provide 91 administrative and support services related to the functions of 92 the task force and any of its advisory committees. 93 (4) The task force consists of the following members: 94 (a) The Public Counsel, or his or her designee, who shall 95 serve as the chair of the task force; 96 (b) The executive director of the Public Service 97 Commission, or his or her designee; 98 (c) The chair of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, or 99 his or her designee; 100 (d) The chief executive officer of the Florida Reliability 101 Coordinating Council, or his or her designee; and 102 (e) Two members of the Senate and two members of the House 103 of Representatives, appointed by the President of the Senate and 104 the Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively. 105 (5) The task force may establish any necessary technical 106 advisory committees and appoint task force members to those 107 committees. 108 (6) The task force members and any advisory committee 109 members shall serve without compensation, but are entitled to 110 per diem and travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061, Florida 111 Statutes. 112 (7) All state agencies shall assist and cooperate with the 113 task force as requested by the task force or any of its advisory 114 committees. 115 (8) Appointments to the task force pursuant to subsection 116 (4) must be made by July 1, 2020, and the first meeting of the 117 task force must be held by August 1, 2020. Any vacancy occurring 118 in the membership of the task force is to be filled in the same 119 manner as the original appointment. The task force may not meet 120 or take any action without a quorum present, which is a minimum 121 of five members. Each member of the task force is entitled to 122 one vote, and any recommendation or other action of the task 123 force must be upon a majority vote of the entire membership of 124 the task force. 125 (9) The task force shall submit its recommendations to the 126 President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of 127 Representatives, and the Governor by January 1, 2022. 128 (10) This section expires on June 30, 2022. 129 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.