Orlando Utilities Get Behind Green Energy Solutions
We have long known the benefits of energy efficient products and green energy solutions. Every year more homeowners seek out Energy Star rated appliances and home systems. Communities are getting into the action more as well with local tax credits and rebates being offered in more places across the country. Government facilities are also looking for more energy efficient solutions, and ways to leave a smaller carbon footprint. Here in Central Florida, and the Orlando area, our utilities companies are also joining in the move toward green energy solutions. 2016 marks a year full of new changes to help the environment, businesses, and residents alike. Below is a summary of some of the changes expected to be set in motion this year.
Duke Energy, Central Florida’s largest energy provider, has plans to install a 3.8 megawatt solar energy system in Osceola County, 5 megawatt system in Taylor County, and another 5 megawatt station at Walt Disney World. Duke Energy services close to 1.7 million customers, with over 600,000 in Lake, Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties. With these numbers in play, solar options will make a big difference.
Our own Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has big plans toward achieving the Federal Government’s Clean Power Plan. One of the plan’s goals is to significantly decrease carbon dioxide emissions, in particular from coal burning energy. The OUC currently has two generators that run on coal. Plans have been changed to integrate more solar power as an option to use instead of coal. Where a new coal generator was to have been built, a new solar plant will go up instead. A second plant will be built on top of disposed carbon ash from the older generators. This will be the only solar plant in the country with panels over a landfill at a power plant, a unique innovation which will help the area use less coal for cleaner air.
Winter Park is currently working with Duke Energy to shift overhead powerlines to below ground. A high capacity transmission line is being re-routed to underneath Fairbanks Avenue. Additional lines across the city will be buried in efforts to create a cleaner, safer environment. Leesburg is a city that has realized the need to help its citizens, the city which has its own utility provider, is working to lower the going rate for residents so it is more in line with other communities in the area. They have made progress already, bringing the rate down from $139.97 per 1,000 kilowatt hours to $119.69. There will be new innovations and programs put in place to encourage less use of energy during peak times, as well as new meters installed to help track daily usage for customers.
Living in Central Florida offers a lot for lifestyle choices in a warm weather climate. With new innovations and changes in our energy options, life will only get better. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the area, I am here to help with all of your real estate needs. If you’re looking for a warm and engaging professional to help you with the purchase or sale of your home, contact me today at 407-234-5313 or by email: Jeff@JeffRoyle.com.