Bill positions UF as leader of renewable energy efforts
Gainesville Sun, June 27, 2008

"A new law puts the University of Florida in the lead of a statewide
effort to develop renewable energy technologies.

Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill Wednesday creating the Florida Energy
Systems Consortium, which brings together UF and other state
universities to work on new biomass, solar and other renewable energy

UF will head the consortium and receive the largest portion of funding,
$15 million. Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, the
University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida will
each receive $8.75 million.

UF President Bernie Machen is expected to name a consortium director
later this summer.

Crist signed the energy bill during his opening presentation at the
second annual climate summit in Miami. In addition to creating the
consortium, the law authorizes the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection to develop a cap-and-trade program to reduce the state's
carbon emissions.

The bill also directs the Public Service Commission to develop renewable
energy standards for utilities.

Consumers will also benefit from a provision creating a property-tax
exemption for solar equipment installed on homes. The provision,
combined with an existing sales-tax exemption for solar equipment, will
give more incentive to install solar panels and other devices."

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