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FLORIDARENEWABLE ENERGY TOUR 2009
February 24TH THROUGH 28TH:
Discussing Job Creation, Investments, and Energy Security
FROM WEST PALM TO ORLANDO, FL – Renewable Energy advocates, industry leaders, utilities representatives, and government officials will be gathering in 5 cities in 5 days throughout the state. The first four days will feature town hall discussions with local legislators and renewable energy advocates, leading to the final event in Orlando on Saturday the 28th, featuring legislators from across the State of Florida as well as top names in the renewable energy world. Discussion topics will include stimulating jobs and inward investments in Florida, the proposed Florida Renewable Portfolio Standard energy bill and policies such as Feed in Tariffs and other energy incentives with a special highlight on the historical progress of Gainesville, Fl., the first municipality in the United States to establish a Feed in Tariff policy. The tour will travel Florida, answering a very important question: "How can we use the demand for renewable energy to create jobs
and economic recovery?
“The Florida economy needs new engines of growth; renewables can add hundreds of thousands of jobs here; the catalyst will be energy policies such as Gainesville’s solar feed in tariff that lead to long term investment security.” says John Burges of the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy.
Speakers will include: Representative Paige Kreegel, Representative Seth McKeel, Representative Gary Aubuchon, Representative Mary Brandenburg, Representative Maria Sachs, Representative Keith Fitzgerald, Barry Rockwell of SMA, Jerry Karnas of the Environmental Defense Fund, John Burges of Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy, Pete DeNapoli of Solar World, Ed Regan of Gainesville Regional Utilities, Tim Morgan of Morgan Electric, John Hutchens of Casto Lifestyle Properties, Brett Hutchens of Casto Lifestyle Properties, Dr. Roger Messenger, and Mike Antheil of the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy. Invited speakers include Senator Lee Constantine, Senator Mike Bennett, Representative Mark Pafford, Representative Kurt Kelly, and Representative William Snyder and many other State Legislators and Renewable Energy Leaders.
Tuesday, February 24th
West Palm Beach Town Hall, 5 to 7 pm
Pine Jog Environmental Center Room 101 & 102
6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL.
Wednesday, February 25th
Lakeland Town Hall, 5 to 7pm
University of South Florida Polytechnic
3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803
Thursday, February 26th
Sarasota Town Hall, 4 to 6 pm
Selby Auditorium, USF Campus, Sarasota - Manatee
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Friday, February 27th
Ft. Myers Town Hall, 4 to 6 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
12600 University Drive., Fort Myers, FL33907
Saturday, February 28th
Final Event- Keiser University Orlando, 9:30am to 2 pm
5600 Lake Underhill Road., Orlando, Florida 32807
The FloridaAlliancefor Renewable Energy “FARE” is a coalition of concerned individuals, businesses, communities, associations, utilities, policy makers, non-profits, and renewable energy producers. FARE is dedicated to educating and engaging Floridians on effective Renewable Energy Policies.
The 2009 legislative session could be an opportunity for legislators to revive Florida’s economy and achieve rapid, widespread deployment of renewable energy with no up front cost to Floridians and no state appropriations required.
A growing renewable energy industry in Florida will create thousands of jobs, collect millions in long term tax revenues, and bring Florida to the forefront of the national stage on energy independence and environmental stewardship
The Florida Renewable Energy Tour meetings are free and open to the public and will provide information on possible Florida legislation that may make the state a leader in implementing a Renewable Energy Dividend (RED), also known as a feed in tariff, currently implemented in 45 countries, approved in California for projects under 20MW and beginning implementation in Hawaii and under consideration in Michigan.
REDs “turn homes, farms, and businesses into entrepreneurs who will accelerate our path to clean energy,” says Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California EPA, current environmental advisor to Governor Charlie Crist and former Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In Germany, with much less sun than Florida, the country moved from 3% renewables to 18% in 10 years at a cost of $2.25USD per month for the average rate payer. Spain has created 25,000 jobs in solar in 3 years using this policy; retraining many unemployed construction workers to become solar installers. Solar installed costs in Germany are 25% cheaper than in FL because of the intense market competition in Germany caused by REDs.
According to independent studies by Ernst & Young, Summit Blue, the International Energy Agency and NREL a renewable energy dividend policy ensures least cost policy for ratepayers compared to rebates or quota/tradable RECs