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GREEN JOBS RENEWABLE ENERGY
 
This is YOUR chance to increase your income and improve Florida’s economy. 
JOIN US ON MARCH 24th!! Show your support!!
See attached flyer 
Sign up at http://www.floridaallianceforrenewableenergy.org/REGISTRATION.html
We need to know how many lunches to provide
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 Floridawill create thousands of jobs, collect millions in long term tax revenues, and bring Floridato the forefront of the national stage on energy independence and environmental stewardship 
 
Legislators have told us that they will support a state wide Renewable Energy Dividend (REDs) policy IF they see wide spread support – 
The legislators say that in order for a needed majority of legislators to vote for REDs they must see wide support and that the most effective way to demonstrate this support in the eyes of the legislators is to come to Tallahasseein large numbers for lobby day, March 24th
 
Democrats and Republicans are working together for a statewide Renewable Energy Dividend Policy (REDs policy)*
Representative Kreegel Republican, Chair of the House Energy and Utility Committee, is working with Representative Fitzgerald Democrat on a bill for a state wide Renewable Energy Dividend (RED) policy. It is somewhat unusual to have Democrats and Republicans working together but this policy has the potential to do so much for Florida’s economy that political differences are being set aside
A RED policy makes renewable energy production such as solar profitable by requiring utility companies to provide 20 year contracts guaranteeing purchase of electricity from home owners and businesses at a price that is profitable (approximately 32 cents per kW for solar). 
Banks will loan money based on these utility contracts because they are guaranteed pay back from the electricity sale
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
 
 For more info on REDs go to www.FAREnergy.org 
 
Register at www.FAREnergy.org
 
If you are willing to help organize for lobby day March 24 2009 please call or email me 
Jane Maxwell
727/709-3398
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*RED is the same thing as a Feed in Tariff – but Floridalegislators prefer the term Renewable Energy Dividend. Gainesvilleis the first and only city so far in the USto have this policy
 
see attached info