“Gulf’s renewable energy purchase promotes Florida’s fuel diversity, further reducing our dependency on natural gas,” PSC Chairperson Julie Brown said. “This renewable energy option also reduces landfill waste, saves customers money, and serves the public interest.”
The contract provides for Gulf to acquire the Panama City facility’s 13.65 megawatts of renewable generation for its customers beginning in July 2017. Gulf will pay a fixed price and only pays for the energy produced. The contract is expected to save approximately $250,000 and provides security for customers because if the plant does not supply energy, Gulf does not have to provide payment.
This contract is the third renewable energy contract between Gulf and Bay County, continuing agreements approved in 2008 and 2014. In making the decision, the PSC considered Gulf’s need for power as well as the contract’s cost-effectiveness, payment provisions, and performance guarantees, as required by rule.