Mandate will require utilities to produce more renewable power

01/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
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On Friday, the Public Service Commission unanimously agreed to require the state’s utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2020.

That ambitious mandate came from Gov. Charlie Crist back in 2007. Currently, the state gets less than 3 percent of its power from alternative sources.

The proposal calls for 7 percent renewable energy by January 2013, 12 percent by 2016, 18 percent by 2019, and 20 percent by the end of 2020.

There were concerns that the PSC might not follow the governor’s lead after a staff report proposed a deadlines as late as 2050. That idea won support from utilities

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