Tampa Electric gets approval to expand its energy efficient programs

Charles Black,
Tampa Electric
Tampa, FL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 29, 2007 – The Florida Public Service Commission has granted approval to Tampa Electric, a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions, to expand its current offerings of energy efficiency programs. The Energy Planner Program allows customers to make energy consumption decisions based on energy prices by using a programmable thermostat that is provided at no charge.

The company has also asked for approval to introduce a Low Income Program that provides no cost items to low-income families to help them conserve energy, and an Energy Awareness Pilot Program that partners with area schools at the eighth grade level to teach energy efficiency at home and school.

Almost 400,000 customers have participated in Tampa Electric’s conservation programs to date, which has resulted in the company paying energy conservation incentives to approximately 270,000 customers.

"Tampa Electric understands that renewable energy and energy efficiency programs are more important than ever, and we are continually working to offer as many options as possible to help our customers understand and take control of their energy use," said Chuck Black, Tampa Electric President.

Tampa Electric began its conservation program initiatives in the late 1970s, prior to any federal or state energy conservation requirements. The company continues to promote conservation to its customers through various existing programs, including its Home Energy Audit, which identifies energy consumption problems, Heating and Cooling Rebates and Ceiling Insulation programs. From 1979 through 2006, Tampa Electric’s conservation programs have offset the need to generate enough electricity to serve 528,000 average size homes over a 12-month period.

Now that the Energy Planner Program has received approval, the utility plans to install the necessary infrastructure and start marketing the benefits, which have already been proved during a pilot program. Participants in this pilot, which offered multi-tiered rates depending on the time of day and season of the year, were able to save 10-12 per cent on their electricity bills through changing their consumption behavior to take advantage of lower prices during off-peak hours.