In Florida, the Florida Energy & Climate Commission is the primary organization for state energy and climate change programs and policies. The commission is housed within the Executive Office of the Governor and comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor.
The Commission’s responsibilities include:
- administering financial incentive programs;
- completing annual assessments of Florida’s Energy and Climate Change Action Plan; and
- providing recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature.
In order to develop state energy and climate change policies and programs, the Commission works in cooperation with other state entities, including the Florida Public Service Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium.
The Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) is an independent regulatory agency serving the public of Florida by managing its public utilities. The commission is committed to make sure that Florida’s consumers receive some of their most essential services in electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The commission exercises regulatory authority over utilities in one or more of three key areas.
- economic regulation;
- competitive market oversight; and
- monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.
In Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection is the leading governmental agency for environmental management and stewardship. The agency aims to protect the state’s air, water, and land.
The department is divided into three primary areas:
- regulatory programs;
- land and recreation; and
- planning and management.
The department’s environmental priorities include:
- restoring America’s Everglades;
- improving air quality;
- restoring and protecting the water quality in springs, lakes, rivers and coastal waters;
- conserving environmentally-sensitive lands; and
- providing citizens and visitors with recreational opportunities, present and in the future.