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File Number: 073780
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File Number: 073780 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-133-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: NET METERING FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS Introduced: 12/28/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/5/2008
Agenda Date: 2/5/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A21
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO ADOPT FINAL RULES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE THE USE OF CONSUMER-OWNED SOLAR AND OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS THROUGH NET METERING AND BY FACILITATING THE INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN SUCH SYSTEMS AND ELECTRIC UTILITIES
Indexes: ENERGEY SOURCES
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 2/5/2008 11A21 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 1/28/2008 2L Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no objections, the Committee proceeded to consider this proposed resolution, as well as Agenda Items 2M, 2N, and 2O, simultaneously. Assistant County Attorney McCarty read Agenda Items 2M, 2N, and 2O into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Sorenson that Agenda Items 2L, 2M, 2N, and 2O be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sosa. Chairman Martinez asked Mr. Joe Rasco, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, to add these proposed resolutions to the State Legislative Priorities package. Commissioners Sosa, Diaz, Gimenez, and Chairman Martinez asked that they be listed as co-sponsors to Agenda Items 2L, 2M, 2N, and 2O. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote. Chairman Martinez noted he would prepare a memorandum that asked Chairman Barreiro to waive the Board's Rules and Procedures to allow this proposed resolution to be considered at the February 5, 2008, County Commission meeting.

County Attorney 12/28/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 1/15/2008

County Attorney 12/28/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 1/9/2008

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO ADOPT FINAL RULES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE THE USE OF CONSUMER-OWNED SOLAR AND OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS THROUGH NET METERING AND BY FACILITATING THE INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN SUCH SYSTEMS AND ELECTRIC UTILITIES

BODY
WHEREAS, net metering allows consumers to offset some of the cost of electricity they buy from a utility by selling back to the utility at a retail rate electric power that solar and other renewable energy systems have generated; and
WHEREAS, because consumers buy and sell power at the same rate through net metering, the utility bill is calculated only on the net electricity that the consumer purchases from the utility; and
WHEREAS, statewide net metering laws are currently in place in 38 States; and
WHEREAS, net metering programs offer the potential for individuals and businesses to realize financial benefits from installing renewable energy systems; and
WHEREAS, five utilities in Florida currently offer net metering to their customers: Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, JEA (Jacksonville), Lakeland Electric, New Smyrna Beach Utilities, and the City of Tallahassee Electric Utility; and
WHEREAS, as part of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, all utility regulatory authorities and non-regulated utility must consider offering interconnection to the power grid and net metering upon request; and
WHEREAS, the energy needs of Florida continue to grow at a rapid rate, and solar energy provides a clean and safe renewable energy option to our residents and businesses; and
WHEREAS, on December 18, 2007, Florida’s Public Service Commission voted to propose amendments to the administrative rules governing utilities that would require all utilities in Florida to offer net metering; and
WHEREAS, the proposed amendments also would (i) expand the types of eligible systems from only solar to all renewable technology systems, (ii) substantially increase the size of renewable energy systems eligible to sell electricity to utilities from 10 kilowatts to 2 megawatts, and (iii) facilitate and expedite the interconnection between consumer-owned renewable energy systems and electric utilities; and
WHEREAS, if adopted in final form, these amendments would promote the development of consumer-owned solar and other renewable energy systems, which in turn will improve conservation, diversify the types of fuel used to generate electricity in Florida, protect the environment, and stimulate the state’s economy,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Public Service Commission to adopt final rules that will encourage the use of consumer-owned solar and other renewable energy systems through net metering and by facilitating the interconnection between such systems and electric utilities.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Chair and Members of the Public Service Commission, with copies to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the adoption of the final rules set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 State Legislative Package.
The foregoing resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Katy Sorenson and offered by Commissioner , who moved its adoption. The motion was seconded by Commissioner and upon being put to a vote, the vote was as follows:
Bruno A. Barreiro, Chairman
Barbara J. Jordan, Vice-Chairwoman
Jose "Pepe" Diaz
Audrey M. Edmonson
Carlos A. Gimenez
Sally A. Heyman
Joe A. Martinez
Dennis C. Moss
Dorrin D. Rolle
Natacha Seijas
Katy Sorenson
Rebeca Sosa
Sen. Javier D. Souto


The Chairman thereupon declared the resolution duly passed and adopted this 5th day of February, 2008. This resolution shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of its adoption unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY ITS BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

HARVEY RUVIN, CLERK


By:________________________
Deputy Clerk


Approved by County Attorney as
to form and legal sufficiency. _______

Jess M. McCarty
Agenda Item No.
Page No. 3


Approved Mayor Agenda Item No.
Veto __________ 02-05-08
Override __________



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