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10.24.2007

Vote Solar Urges Support of Governor Crist

Vote Solar is asking for Florida's support of Governor Crist to increase investment in renewable energy. Click here to help.

Below is quoted from their E-mail alert:


Over the summer, Florida Governor Crist signed an Executive Order (EO 127) calling for increased investment in renewable energy in the state. Unfortunately, this marks the beginning, not the end of the effort to see a real transition to renewable energy. He’s facing intense pressure to water down his efforts by letting ‘clean coal’ count as renewable and making the targets voluntary. House Speaker Marco Rubio wrote a Miami Herald op-ed harshly critical of the plan. And organizations like Freedom Works, headed by Dick Armey, have announced a multi-media campaign to fight the Governor’s efforts.


So, it's clear that a real investment in renewable energy is not going to just happen on its own. When it comes to renewable energy in Florida, solar is by far the best resource. Working with local advocates and other solar experts and building on real-world experience from other states, we’ve developed a program--called the Florida Solar Initiative--that will result in a world-class solar market in Florida. We’re talking 2% solar photovoltaic and 2% solar thermal—totaling over 10

GW of clean solar energy,replacing the equivalent of 20 average coal-fired power plants.

And all for less than 1% increase on utility bills. Now comes the hard part: getting this plan adopted.

First step: in late October, a delegation of solar industry leaders, renewable energy experts, and business leaders will deliver the plan to the Governor, explain the particulars, and ask for his support.

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