This is the first time in recent history that any Governor in Florida has
proposed a serious investment in renewable energy and efficiency.
Now we need to work on getting the Florida Legislature to support this
initiative so these monies become real.
David E. Bruderly, PE
Bruderly Engineering Associates, Inc.
920 SW 57th Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32607-3838
From: Charlie Crist [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 2:55 PM
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Subject: A Special Message from Governor Charlie Crist, January 31, 2008
January 31, 2008
Over the past few weeks, I've talked with you about my priorities for the
coming months. Earlier today I
1fc1eeac92354/image/jpeg> unveiled a $70 billion budget - recommendations
that are fiscally responsible during a tight budget year but continue to
move our state forward. And I'd like to continue on this path, and talk
about my goals for Florida's energy and economic future.
9ab04aaebca40/image/jpeg> My recommendations include $50 million for solar,
wind and other renewable technologies; $42.5 million for biofuels, including
ethanol and biodiesel; and $107.5 million for climate change initiatives and
green technologies. My proposals focus on increasing conservation and energy
efficiency to benefit both consumers and businesses. And finally, I've taken
steps to stimulate economic development in the renewable and alternative
Over the past few years, Florida has stepped onto the world stage as a major
marketplace for advanced energy
6b712a4d6af0a/image/jpeg> technologies. The use of alternative and renewable
energy is increasing in Florida as we recognize there is gold in green. By
developing a green technology hub in the Sunshine State, we can increase our
energy security and stability, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of
energy and move another step closer to being the greenest state government
in the nation.
Thank you, and God bless you.
Top right: Governor Charlie Crist participates in a demonstration of the SRI
Wave Energy Project at the University of Florida's Knight Oceanographic
Research Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Middle left: Governor Charlie Crist joins Agriculture Commissioner Charles
Bronson to award Farm to Fuel grants. In an effort to reduce Florida's
dependency on foreign oil and preserve agricultural lands, the program
assists the state's agriculture industry in reaching the goal of producing
25 percent of the state's energy needs by the year 2025.
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