In its quest to secure more energy from renewable sources, Florida Power Company has already been forced to pull its renewable portfolio in favor of coal, gas and oil in recent years.
In a recent presentation to the state legislature, the company highlighted its “Power Play” initiative, which aims to reduce its dependence on natural gas and reduce its reliance on coal.
“We’re committed to reducing our dependence on the use of coal in the state,” Power spokesman Dave Wainwright said at the time.
“That means that we’re going to make more coal-fired power plants.”
Power Play was born out of a similar initiative that Florida Power was pushing at the beginning of this year.
“Our Power Play plan is the first phase of a bigger plan that will include energy efficiency, new energy efficiency programs, and new generation of renewable energy, including the installation of wind turbines, solar, biomass, and more,” Power President and CEO Rick Davis said at a press conference in April.
“But the first step in achieving that goal is the deployment of energy efficiency.”
It’s unclear how much work will be required to implement the Power Play program, though it appears that the company is working with local and state governments to develop a program to help them.
“The next steps in this initiative will be to work with the state and local governments to find out how we can help them meet their energy efficiency goals,” Davis said.
“This is going to be an important step in our transition away from coal. “
We’re not looking to put people out of work, but we’re certainly going to do our best to help create more jobs in the energy efficiency industry.” “
This is going to be an important step in our transition away from coal.
We’re not looking to put people out of work, but we’re certainly going to do our best to help create more jobs in the energy efficiency industry.”
The Florida Power plant at Pinellas County.
The Power Play initiative was announced in January 2017, just a few months after the state’s largest utility, Florida Gas & Electric, announced that it was pulling its operations from coal plants and was working to replace them with gas plants.
Florida Power had previously said that it would start installing renewable energy in 2018.
The announcement came just a week after the company announced that its largest coal-producing plant, the Pinelles Power Plant, would close by 2021.
The plant’s closure was part of a plan by Florida Power to phase out coal and build gas plants to meet the state energy needs.
While the company’s move to replace its coal plants with gas will result in the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, it won’t affect the vast majority of its power customers, including Florida Power customers.
The company said that its move to phase in renewable energy will help offset some of the costs associated with the transition to natural gas.
The move to the gas-fired plant, however, was met with opposition from those who have long been critical of the company for its support of coal-based power plants.
“As a community, we all need to be mindful of what’s coming from our elected officials, but as a utility, it’s not a big issue,” said Michael Fazio, an attorney and environmental campaigner with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
“What we see in the Pinella County case is an effort to shift the cost burden from our customers to a government agency.”
Faziello also pointed to a 2016 lawsuit filed against Florida Power by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is seeking to overturn the state utility’s decision to replace two coal-burning power plants with natural gas plants, as a key part of the Power Power Play effort.
“It’s very much a political effort to say, ‘This is what we need to do to meet our energy needs, and the only way we can do that is to move away from this coal,'” Faziolo said.
The state’s utility has also been working with the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Health and Human Services, the Department’s Office of Management and Budget, the Florida Department, and several local and statewide officials to make sure that Power Play goes as planned.
“Florida Power is a leader in renewable-energy initiatives across the state, and this project will allow us to continue to lead the way,” Florida Department spokesman Brian O’Connell said in a statement.
“By deploying renewable energy throughout the state in the coming years, we will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and help Florida Power meet its energy needs while helping our local communities.”
Power has also launched a program in the city of Palm Beach County to encourage residents to install solar panels.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the city is currently in the process of developing a solar incentive program, which will offer residents a rebate toward the purchase of a new solar panel, or a rebate for any other energy-saving equipment they install.
In addition, the utility is launching an online solar calculator, which allows homeowners to select