Florida Senate - 2017 SB 456 By Senator Rodriguez 37-00253A-17 2017456__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public utilities; amending s. 3 366.02, F.S.; exempting certain producers of renewable 4 solar-based energy from being defined as a public 5 utility; providing an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 366.02, Florida 10 Statutes, is amended to read: 11 366.02 Definitions.—As used in this chapter: 12 (1) “Public utility” means every person, corporation, 13 partnership, association, or other legal entity and their 14 lessees, trustees, or receivers supplying electricity or gas 15 (natural, manufactured, or similar gaseous substance) to or for 16 the public within this state; but the term “public utility” does 17 not include either a cooperative now or hereafter organized and 18 existing under the Rural Electric Cooperative Law of the state; 19 a municipality or any agency thereof; an entity that produces 20 and provides or sells energy to users located on the property of 21 a renewable energy production facility that uses a solar-based 22 source of renewable energy as defined in s. 377.803(4), provided 23 that such facility has a capacity of 2.5 megawatts or less; any 24 dependent or independent special natural gas district; any 25 natural gas transmission pipeline company making only sales or 26 transportation delivery of natural gas at wholesale and to 27 direct industrial consumers; any entity selling or arranging for 28 sales of natural gas which neither owns nor operates natural gas 29 transmission or distribution facilities within the state; or a 30 person supplying liquefied petroleum gas, in either liquid or 31 gaseous form, irrespective of the method of distribution or 32 delivery, or owning or operating facilities beyond the outlet of 33 a meter through which natural gas is supplied for compression 34 and delivery into motor vehicle fuel tanks or other 35 transportation containers, unless such person also supplies 36 electricity or manufactured or natural gas. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.