Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1762 By Senator Rodriguez 37-01691A-19 20191762__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to state renewable energy goals; 3 creating s. 377.821, F.S.; directing the Office of 4 Energy within the Department of Agriculture and 5 Consumer Services, in consultation with other state 6 agencies, state colleges and universities, public 7 utilities, and other private and public entities, to 8 develop a unified statewide plan to generate the 9 state’s energy from renewable sources by specified 10 dates; requiring state and public entities to 11 cooperate as requested; providing plan requirements; 12 requiring the office to submit the plan and updates to 13 the Governor and Legislature; providing an effective 14 date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 377.821, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 377.821 State renewable energy goals.— 21 (1) The Office of Energy within the Department of 22 Agriculture and Consumer Services, in consultation with other 23 state agencies, state colleges and universities, public 24 utilities, and other private and public entities, is directed to 25 develop a unified statewide plan to generate 100 percent of the 26 state’s energy from renewable sources by 2050. All public 27 agencies, state colleges and universities, and public utilities 28 must cooperate with the office as requested. The plan must 29 include interim goals to generate at least 40 percent of the 30 state’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. 31 (2) Achieving 100 percent renewable energy generation is 32 intended to provide unique benefits to the state, including all 33 of the following: 34 (a) Displacing fossil fuel consumption within the state. 35 (b) Adding new electrical generating facilities in the 36 transmission network. 37 (c) Reducing air pollution, particularly criteria pollutant 38 emissions and toxic air contaminants. 39 (d) Contributing to the safe and reliable operation of the 40 electrical grid, including providing predictable electrical 41 supply, voltage support, lower line losses, and congestion 42 relief. 43 (e) Enhancing economic development and job creation in the 44 clean energy industry. 45 (3) The plan must consider the potential impact of existing 46 and additional renewable energy incentives and programs with an 47 emphasis on solar and distributed resources, including energy 48 storage. The plan must also consider the impact of power 49 purchase agreements on attaining 100 percent renewable energy 50 generation. The office must submit a statewide plan outlining 51 potential strategies to reach the goals of this section to the 52 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the 53 House of Representatives by January 1, 2021, and must provide 54 updates on the progress of achieving the state’s renewable 55 energy goals each January 1 thereafter. 56 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.