Attached is a summary of the actions taken by the Florida Energy Commission
at their last meeting in 2007. These recommendations and action items will
be combined by staff with previous findings, recommendations and actions
items into a Final Report that will be sent to the President of the Florida
Senate (Ken Pruitt) and the Speaker of the Florida House (Rubio) no later
This report represents a paradigm shift.
You can find all their recommendations and many other details on the FEC web
site. The draft report will be posted in about two weeks.
I've spent a lot of time and energy over the past several months making the
professional and business case for cleaner, safer, more efficient policy to
skeptical Commissioners; concepts like policy that requires people to strive
to achieve maximum efficiency, zero pollution, zero waste, no habitat
destruction and maximum conservation of natural resources. The FEC
recommendations are not everything I fought for, but the recommendations
represent a huge paradigm shift from the status quo that dominated political
discussion just a few months ago. The fact that this Commission is comprised
of JEB appointed lay persons who reached a consensus on these matters makes
these recommendations even more remarkable.
The political action will now shift to the Florida Legislature for the next
five months or so; YOU can make a difference in this debate.
Pick your favorite topic and start your campaign to lobby our legislative
delegation (Boyd, Creteul, Chestnut, Oelrich) and whoever else in the
Florida House (160 members) or Senate (40 members) you wish to influence.
For the most part, your elected representatives are good, honest,
hardworking people; they are just not well informed about energy issues and
are easily overwhelmed by biased facts and political pressure from special
interests. Politicians usually go with the flow unless they are extremely
well-informed and passionate about an issue.
You have the opportunity to make your representative the most well-informed
elected official in Florida. Carpe Diem.
The Florida Energy Commission will continue to meet and will reorganize in
2008 to respond to feedback on their report from the Legislature. There will
be much more emphasis on local government, land use, agriculture and
transportation related energy issues in 2008. In addition the Commission
recognized that the State of Florida must find ways to fund ongoing programs
to achieve policy objectives.
And what are those policy objectives? In two words - business opportunities
This crop of politicians has agreed that the Florida legislature must
stimulate investment in energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy
solutions for Florida.
Senator Lee Constantine is the power behind this Commission and if you like
what he has done, he would welcome your praise and support. FDEP Secretary
Mike Sole also made extremely timely contributions when ideological gridlock
threatened to stop progress towards consensus. And Gov. Charlie Crist is
extremely progressive when it comes to making policy that will create energy
and environmental solutions.
Now is the time to go beyond mere talk. Engage your legislatures. Challenge
them to do the right thing to create a healthy energy future for Florida.
David E. Bruderly, PE
Bruderly Engineering Associates, Inc.
920 SW 57th Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32607-3838