The biggest issue facing Florida's energy future is the high cost of energy.
Natural gas, once cheap and plentiful, has become expensive and more scarce. The cost has skyrocketed from $3 per 1,000 cubic foot to over $14.
New power plants, facing scarce land, increasing regulations and uncertainty are expensive to build.
Thus, there is good reason to capitalize on the cheapest form of energy*******- conservation.
Energy conservation is a win-win for everyone.
For electric utilities, even in high-growth states like Florida, it delays the building of expensive new power plants. It also reduces the need to provide power during peak periods, the most costly form of power generation.
For consumers, a house built with energy conservation measures will be more comfortable thanks to the extra insulation and also stronger when hurricanes strike.
Thus, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has proposed a series of measures that would aggressively use conservation and renewable resources to reduce the state's electricity needs by almost half, 45 percent, over the next 15 years.
"Implementing energy efficiently policies alone, such as efficient windows, compact florescent light bulbs and energy star appliances, can almost offset the future growth of electric demand," the report from the Washington, D. …