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The U.S. electric utility industry is in the middle of a sea change. And because of this, JEA’s generation strategy is changing, too. The Environmental Protection Agency is likely to finalize new rules on carbon emissions by June 2015. Then, it must approve each individual state implementation plan by 2018.
Once this happens, utility companies throughout Florida must work together to reduce carbon emissions by an aggregate percentage required the by the Environmental Protection Agency. Right now, Florida’s plan calls for a 38 percent reduction in CO2 emissions statewide, but that could change.
JEA must start complying and making changes to its generation strategy by 2020. Florida does not need to reach the final goal of a 38 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from power plants until 2030, but Florida must average a 33 percent reduction from 2020 - 2029.
How JEA is Adapting to These Changes
In 2015, 38 percent of JEA’s power supply mix came from natural gas. Solid fuels like coal and petcoke contributed 54 percent of our power supply mix that year. The remaining 8 percent came from other power supply sources like our 15 MW solar photovoltaic facility on the Westside near Baldwin.
JEA supports the development of two types of alternative technology generating facilities: solar panels and landfill gas.
Because the price of fuel used to generate electricity can fluctuate based on global conditions, the Jacksonville City Council allowed JEA to create a fuel fund or cash reserve to cover fuel costs during a crisis.
JEA is embracing a brighter energy future. From solar and wind power to biomass and methane gas, JEA is diversifying our electric generation to include a variety of renewable energy sources. So much so, that our new Energy Mix Policy aims to have up to 30 percent of JEA’s power provided by carbon-neutral sources by 2030. The table below outlines the mix of fuels used to deliver reliable electricity to our customers.
|Energy Mix - Sources||2012||2013||2014||2015|
*Other includes electricity from inter-regional interchange transactions that are not traceable to specific generation sources and other system purchases.
**Renewables includes JEA Solar (excluding Jax Solar) and landfill gas from the North Landfill.
Source: JEA Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report ending in September 2014 adjusted for renewable breakout.