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4.10.2009

WILL ANY ENERGY BILL PASS THIS YEAR?

Bruce Ritchie over at FloridaEnvironments.com talks about the environmental bills that have passed the Florida Senate this year, but doesn't place much hope that these will pass the House. The SB 1154 that would require utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their electricity from renewable and clean energy (solar, wind, biomass, nuclear, etc) by 2020 passed the Senate (called the '20 by 2020 bill'). The controversial penny gas tax was removed before the bill passed. With less than four weeks to go in the session, there is no companion bill in the House.

Rep. Franklin Sands, House Democratic Leader, wrote a letter to Speaker of the House, Larry Cretul, which you can read here, courtesy of tampabay.com expressing his disappointment that since the House had no energy bill proposal it had not only compromised the state's renewable energy goals, it had not considered the potential of green jobs in a time of the highest unemployment in Florida in decades.

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