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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. For more details on the mix delivered to our customers, please see our Power Source Disclosure.
Since 1999, JEA has been in the vanguard of clean energy efforts in Florida, demonstrating innovative leadership by pioneering the adoption of renewable energy. And we’re just getting started: Building on our long history of supporting solar power, JEA is embarking on a major solar expansion – one that will make Jacksonville one of the leading solar cities in the nation. Learn more about JEA’s solar initiatives.
Through a power purchase agreement with Landfill Energy Systems (LES), JEA receives 15 MW of energy from landfill gas-to-energy facilities. Trail Ridge is one of the largest landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the Southeast, providing enough renewable energy to supply electricity to approximately 4,550 homes. JEA currently makes all of the environmental attributes (Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs) from this facility available to sell in order to lower rates for our customers.
JEA signed an agreement in 2005 with Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to participate in a wind generation project located in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Under the purchase agreement, we buy 10 MW of capacity from NPPD’s wind generation facility. In turn, NPPD buys back the energy at specified on/off peak charges. JEA retains the rights to the environmental attributes (renewable energy credits, or RECs), and currently makes all of these RECs available to sell in order to lower rates for our customers.
Biomass is organic material made from plants and trees. It’s considered a renewable energy source, because we can grow more trees and crops, and waste from these organic materials will always exist. Some examples of biomass fuels are tree cuttings, wood, crops, manure and some garbage. When burned, the chemical energy in biomass is released as heat. JEA has a facility to use biomass as a fuel source, but is currently not producing energy this way because of City rules and regulations.
Renewable Energy Certificates
Each year JEA chooses to sell a portion of the renewable electricity (in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs) generated from the renewable facilities in our portfolio. These sales are to entities outside of the municipality, who wish to purchase renewable energy but may not be able to readily purchase it through their electric utility. A REC represents 1,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity generated - meaning for every 1,000 kWhs of electricity produced from a renewable generator, one REC is created. Electricity stripped of RECs, such as solar energy sold to specific customers, is no longer considered renewable as that electricity's environmental attribute has been sold. Revenue from the sale of RECs is used to offset the higher cost of renewable generation.