Florida Senate - 2020 SB 446 By Senator Brandes 24-00471-20 2020446__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to renewable energy; amending s. 3 366.91, F.S.; defining the term “renewable energy 4 source device”; authorizing owners of commercial or 5 industrial businesses, or third parties contracted by 6 such owners, to install, maintain, and operate a 7 renewable energy source device on or about the 8 structure in which the business operates or on a 9 property the business owns or leases; authorizing 10 owners or contracted third parties to sell electricity 11 generated from the device to certain businesses 12 regardless of whether the device is located in a 13 utility’s service territory; providing applicability; 14 authorizing utilities to recover the full cost of 15 providing services to an energy-producing business or 16 its customers, under certain circumstances; 17 authorizing utilities to install, maintain, and 18 operate certain renewable energy source devices; 19 exempting from regulation the sale of electricity 20 produced by such devices; authorizing utilities to 21 recover certain costs under certain circumstances; 22 authorizing customers to challenge such cost recovery 23 and receive refunds following a successful challenge; 24 clarifying applicability and the eligibility 25 requirements of certain energy rebate or incentive 26 programs established by law; authorizing the Florida 27 Public Service Commission to adopt rules; providing an 28 effective date. 29 30 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 31 32 Section 1. Paragraph (e) is added to subsection (2) of 33 section 366.91, Florida Statutes, and subsection (9) is added to 34 that section, to read: 35 366.91 Renewable energy.— 36 (2) As used in this section, the term: 37 (e) “Renewable energy source device” has the same meaning 38 as in s. 193.624(1). 39 (9)(a) An owner of a commercial or industrial business or a 40 contracted third party may install, maintain, and operate a 41 renewable energy source device on or about the structure in 42 which the business operates or on any property the business owns 43 or leases. The owner of the business or the contracted third 44 party may sell the electricity generated from the device, 45 regardless of whether the device is located in a utility’s 46 service territory, to a commercial or industrial business that 47 is located immediately adjacent to the structure, within the 48 same parcel as the structure, or on an immediately adjacent 49 parcel. Such sales are not retail sales of electricity for 50 purposes of this chapter and do not subject the energy-producing 51 business to regulation under this chapter. 52 (b) A business entity is not required to purchase directly 53 or indirectly, by lease or by other contractual arrangement, the 54 electricity produced pursuant to paragraph (a). 55 (c) If the energy-producing business or its customers 56 require additional related services from a utility, such as 57 backup generation capacity or transmission services, the utility 58 may recover the full cost of providing these services. 59 (d) A utility may enter into a contract with a commercial 60 or industrial business to install, maintain, and operate any 61 type of renewable energy source device on or about the structure 62 in which the business operates and to sell the electricity 63 generated from the device to that business or to a commercial or 64 industrial business located immediately adjacent to the 65 structure, within the same parcel as the structure, or on an 66 immediately adjacent parcel. Such sales are not retail sales for 67 purposes of this chapter and are not subject to regulation under 68 this chapter. 69 (e) If the commission determines that the level of 70 reduction in electricity purchases by customers using renewable 71 energy source devices under this section is significant enough 72 to adversely impact the rates other customers pay in the rate 73 territory, the commission may approve a utility’s request to 74 recover its costs of providing capacity, generation, and 75 distribution of the electricity needed by all customers, 76 including customers using a renewable energy source device. The 77 cost recovered must be an appropriate amount of fixed costs to 78 avoid the adverse impact and may be assessed only to customers 79 engaged in activity under this section. The cost-recovery 80 elements that are intended for recovery of the fixed costs of 81 capacity, generation, and distribution of electricity must be 82 based on actual costs or on projected costs, must be approved by 83 the commission by a super majority of the voting members of the 84 commission, and are subject to adjustment. A customer may 85 challenge the cost recovery established pursuant to this 86 paragraph by filing with the commission a petition for a 87 determination of whether the costs recovered are excessive. Upon 88 a determination by the commission of any excessive cost 89 recovery, the customer must be refunded any excess funds 90 collected by the utility. 91 (f) For the purpose of any renewable energy rebate or 92 incentive program established by law, and for application 93 exclusively in this section, the rebate or incentive is the sole 94 property of the owner of the renewable energy source device, and 95 the customer of any electricity sale pursuant to this section is 96 not eligible to receive the rebate or incentive unless the 97 customer owns the renewable energy source device. 98 (g) The commission may adopt rules to provide guidance, 99 requirements, and procedures to ensure that each utility 100 continues to recover costs, including the costs of providing 101 redundant capacity. 102 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.