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FILED JAN 21, 2014
DOCUMENT NO. 00344-14
FPSC - COMMISSION CLERK
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BEFORE THE
FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
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In the Matter of:
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DOCKET NO. 130225-EQ
PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF
MODIFICATION TO STANDARD
INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENTS
CONTAINED IN TARIFFS, BY
FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT
COMPANY.
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PROCEEDINGS:
COMMISSIONERS
PARTICIPATING: CHAIRMAN ART
COMMISSIONER
COMMISSIONER
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COMMISSIONER
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GRAHAM
LISA POLAK EDGAR
RONALD A. BRISÉ
EDUARDO E. BALBIS
JULIE I. BROWN
DATE:
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
PLACE:
Betty Easley Conference Center
Room 148
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida
REPORTED BY:
LINDA BOLES, CRR, RPR
Official FPSC Reporter
(850) 413-6734
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COMMISSION CONFERENCE AGENDA
ITEM NO. 8
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P R O C E E D I N G S
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Good morning, Commissioners.
MR. CRAWFORD:
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I'm Ben Crawford with the Office of Industry Development
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and Market Analysis.
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Office of General Counsel, and Traci Matthews with the
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Division of Engineering.
With me is Kelley Corbari from the
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Item 8 is a petition for approval of
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modification of the standard interconnection agreements
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contained in tariffs by Florida Power & Light Company.
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As part of its petition, FPL requests a waiver of the
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portion of the net metering rule that requires customers
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to locate the manual disconnect switch for renewable
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energy systems adjacent to the meter.
FPL representatives are available to answer
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any questions, and staff is also available to answer any
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questions you may have.
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CHAIRMAN GRAHAM:
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FP&L.
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MS. MONCADA:
Thank you.
Maria Moncada from Florida Power
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& Light.
We fully support staff's recommendation and
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are available to answer any questions.
Okay.
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CHAIRMAN GRAHAM:
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Commissioner Edgar.
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COMMISSIONER EDGAR:
Commissioners?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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I did ask to have the opportunity to ask a
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question or two on this item.
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was here when this rule was promulgated and discussed
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and ultimately approved, and at that time we did have a
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lot of discussion on this -- well, on all of it, but
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also on this particular requirement regarding the manual
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disconnect switch.
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memory serves, a safety issue.
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And in recognizing that I
And it was primarily, I believe, if
We also acknowledged at the time that we were
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kind of venturing into some new areas policy wise, and
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that we would learn and the customers would learn and
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that the utilities would learn as we go.
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opportunity to take a look at that requirement I'm very
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comfortable with.
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So the
So my question is if indeed it is appropriate
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from the information that is before us, I believe that
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it is, to grant a permanent waiver of one requirement of
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the rule, would it be appropriate to pursue a rule
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amendment to that effect in addition to perhaps granting
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the waiver at this point in time?
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MR. CRAWFORD:
If you -- if the Commission
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would like to pursue opening up the net metering rule,
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that would be within y'all's discretion.
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to be opening up the entire rule, of course.
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can't -- we cannot just do a narrowly focused change of
It would have
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that one individual part.
That being said, the rule amendment process
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would take somewhere in the neighborhood of one to two
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years.
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specific customers that are trying to net meter with
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Florida Power & Light and are currently, and are
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currently the reason for this rule waiver.
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compliance with the rule, it would, it would sort of be
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a separate -- it would have to be a separate proceeding
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It would not provide the immediate relief to the
To come into
that would not provide that, that level of relief.
That being said, if -- and additionally, with
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the, with the change in the -- with all of the other
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changes that's in this petition, most -- very few
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renewable energy systems will be required to have the
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manual disconnect switch anymore.
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was originally developed, it was seen more as a safety
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issue for the, for the utility.
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all -- or maybe even literally all now -- systems are UL
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1741 and the inverter -- or use the, use the inverter,
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the manual disconnect switch is really there more for
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customer peace of mind and the utility has not had to
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use those switches.
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convenience issue at this point than it is really a
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safety and reliability issue.
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issues that's come up that we had anticipated when the
When, when the rule
But because nearly
So it's -- this is more a customer
That's just one of those
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rule was put together that a little more operational
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experience would give the company and give the
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Commission and give the customers a little more, a
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little more information to go on.
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that the reason why that requirement was put in
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initially is really no longer relevant like it was, was
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seen to be at the time.
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COMMISSIONER EDGAR:
very much.
And it's, it's found
All right.
Thank you
I appreciate that additional information.
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And with that, I'm comfortable with the staff
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recommendation.
Is that a motion?
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CHAIRMAN GRAHAM:
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COMMISSIONER EDGAR:
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approval of the item that is before us.
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COMMISSIONER BRISÉ:
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CHAIRMAN GRAHAM:
Mr. Chairman, I move
Second.
It's been moved and
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seconded, staff recommendation on item number 8.
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further discussion?
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Seeing none, all in favor, please say aye.
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(Vote taken.)
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Those opposed?
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By your action, you've
approved item number 8.
I want to thank everybody for coming out
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today, and I hope you all have a safe trip back to your
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homes, and please stay warm.
This meeting is adjourned.
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(Proceeding adjourned at 11:09 a.m.)
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STATE OF FLORIDA
CERTIFICATE OF REPORTER
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COUNTY OF LEON
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I, LINDA BOLES, CRR, RPR, Official Commission
Reporter, do hereby certify that the foregoing
proceeding was heard at the time and place herein
stated.
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IT IS FURTHER CERTIFIED that I
stenographically reported the said proceedings; that the
same has been ·transcribed under my direct supervision;
and that this transcript constitutes a true
transcription of my notes of said proceedings.
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I FURTHER CERTIFY that I am not a relative,
employee, attorney or counsel· of any of the parties, nor
am I a relative or employee of any of the parties'
attorney or counsel connected with the action, nor am I
financially interested in the action.
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LINDA BOLES, CRR, RPR
FPSC Official Commission Reporters
(850) 413-6734
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