Archive for February, 2006

FSEC Director Addresses 2014 Energy Use

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

— Taking Charge of Our Energy Future: Choosing the Better Pie

On January 10, 2006, FSEC Director Jim Fenton addressed the Florida Senate Committee on Communications and Public Utilities, commonly called the “Energy Committee,” with a positive message on how Florida can leverage federal tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency to significantly alter its outlook for electric energy use in 2014. Current Florida projections for electric energy use in 2014 call for Florida utilities to produce 75 billion killowatt-hours more energy than they produced in 2004, a 32% increase in energy use over the decade.

Fenton compared the “business as usual model” that results in Florida’s 2014 energy use projections against the results of an in-house FSEC study that illustrates how future electrical use could be dramatically reduced within Florida’s largest energy use sector — residences, which make up 51% of the total.

Pie chart: New Energy Generation Projected for 2014; pie chart1 - Natural Gas 72%, Coal, 28%; Pie chart 2 - Natural Gas 46%, Coal 28%, Homes Save 26%

The pie chart on the left presents Florida’s current projection for growth in electric energy generation between 2004 and 2014 and the one on the right presents an alternative if renewable energy and energy efficiency are aggressively pursued by the state, leveraging the federal tax credits. (All savings were assumed to come from growth in natural gas generation due to the rapidly rising cost of natural gas.)

These results come from studies conducted by FSEC using typical Florida homes in various Florida climates. Results are then projected to statewide savings. To qualify for the federal tax credits, individual home savings are significant at 50% of heating and cooling costs. As a result, total home energy savings exceed 40% in all Florida climates.

Summer Peak Day Demand for Tampa graph indicating 2.06 kW difference between 2004 Baseling and EERE (Tax Credit) Home

These individual savings, when projected to a statewide level, result in significant benefits to the state over the 10-year time period
between 2004 and 2014, as follows:

Total energy savings
24.7 TWh
Total consumer cost savings
$2.47 billion
Total fuel not purchased
$1.24 billion
Avoided capacity
1,669 MW
Avoided generation costs
$1.67 billion
New jobs
126,000
Tradable renewable energy credits (TRECs)
$420 million
CO2 savings
26.4 million tons

Dr. Fenton’s full power point presentation, “Taking Charge of Our Energy Future: Choosing the Better Pie” and the FSEC study that developed the data for the presentation, “Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Savings To Impact Florida’s Projected Energy Use in 2014″ may be downloaded using the links below:

Taking Charge of Our Energy Future (Powerpoint, 2 MB)

Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Acrobat pdf icon pdf 1.4 MB, html)

Florida Solar Energy Center Selected to Lead Three National Research Programs

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) has been selected to receive more than $15 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over a five-year period to conduct research in three major energy areas: fuel cells, industrialized housing, and building energy simulation.

FSEC, a research institute of the University of Central Florida (UCF), will lead nationwide teams of researchers from universities, DOE’s national laboratories and industry in the three projects. (more…)

FSEC Director Testifies Before Florida Senate Committee on Communications and Public Utilities

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Tallahassee, Florida, January 10, 2006: The state of Florida can save almost 25 trillion kilowatt hours of its projected 2014 energy use with consumer savings of $450 million by increasing the use of home energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, both of which are eligible for new federal tax credits.

That’s the message from Dr. James Fenton, Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), in a presentation he gave before the state’s Senate Committee on Communications and Public Utilities on January 10. (more…)