TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — After receiving a request from the state Office of Public Counsel, regulators will hold a full hearing in October on a major solar-energy proposal by Florida Power & Light.
The state Public Service Commission posted an order Friday that said an administrative hearing will be held Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 on FPL’s proposed “SolarTogether” program.
FPL filed a petition March 13 seeking approval of the program, which at least initially seeks to build 20 solar plants that would generate 1,490 megawatts of electricity, with a projected cost of $1.79 billion.
The petition said FPL projects long-term savings of $139 million because the increased use of solar would allow it to avoid costs related to natural-gas or other types of power plants.
Customers would be able to voluntarily participate in SolarTogether, paying a charge each month and receiving credits for savings produced by the program. Public Service Commission staff members were expected to issue a recommendation July 25 about whether the commission should approve the proposal.
But the Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers on utility issues, filed a request last month for the commission to hold a full administrative hearing before deciding whether to give approval. [click for full article]