Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed comments with the Florida Public Service Commission on August 26, 2008 arguing that its proposed rules unduly restrict the state’s options for developing renewable energy.
Like the Florida Solar Coalition and the Florida Solar Energy Alliance, EDF argued that the proposed rules governing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard are il-advised.
EDF said it “is concerned that the Draft Rule’s wholesale reliance on a REC program without analyzing the unprecedented successes of a procurement model established first in Germany, but now successfully implemented in over 45 countries around the world, puts Florida at a disadvantage. This model, called a Renewable Energy Payment (REP) or Feed-In Policy, is also being considered by multiple states here in the United States as both a separate energy policy and as a mechanism to implement a strong RPS. Failure to examine this alternative to the REC program outlined in the Draft Rule would be a missed opportunity to discover a policy that results in tremendous job creation, economic development and more renewable energy per dollar invested. Evidence is mounting that a REP policy far outweighs other procurement models for the large-scale adoption of renewable energy technologies.”
For more on the filing, see EDF PSC Comments 08-26-08.