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Governor Crist Praises Reactivation of ENERGY STAR®Residential HVAC Rebate Program

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today signed House Bill 15A and encouraged Floridians who purchased, or contracted for purchase of, an ENERGY STAR® air conditioning or geothermal system to submit a rebate application by November 30, 2010. Purchases or contracts for purchases must have been from a Florida-licensed contractor between August 30, 2010, and September 14, 2010.

Governor Crist Launches ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Web Site

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged Floridians to learn how to receive a Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC rebate by visiting www.rebates.com/floridahvac. Beginning Monday, August 30, 2010, Florida homeowners who upgrade their air conditioning systems can qualify to receive a $1,500 rebate. The program will end on Friday, December 31, 2010, or when the $15 million in rebate funds are depleted. These purchases are expected to increase employment in the air conditioning industry and to create new green jobs for home energy efficiency raters.

Governor Crist Commends Floridians for Buying ENERGY STAR Appliances

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today commended Floridians who purchased ENERGY STAR appliances and reserved $17.5 million in rebate funds in the first 36 hours of the ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 16, 2010, Floridians reserved more than 72,700 rebates averaging $241 for select ENERGY STAR appliances purchased from Florida retailers. The program will pump at least $62 million into Florida’s economy, in addition to generating at least $4 million in tax revenues.

Governor Crist Urges Floridians to Plan for Purchase of ENERGY STAR Appliances

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today was joined by Florida appliance retailers to remind Floridians to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances qualifying for rebates, beginning Friday, April 16, through Sunday, April 25, 2010. To increase the likelihood of receiving a rebate, purchasers can reserve rebates by applying for a Priority Number, beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 16. Select ENERGY STAR refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, gas water heaters (tank-less), and room air conditioners are eligible for a rebate of 20 percent off the retail price and $75 for recycling the old appliance, up to $1,500 per household.

Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards Goes Paperless

TALLAHASSEE – In celebration of National Environmental Education Week, Governor Charlie Crist today announced that Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards applications and judging will now be completely paperless, using only online technologies. Applications recognizing students, teachers, classrooms, schools and school districts for their efforts to create healthy, efficient and productive places for learning can be submitted beginning today through June 11, 2010.

Governor Crist Launches ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Web Site

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged Floridians to learn how to receive an ENERGY STAR appliance rebate by visiting www.rebates.com/florida. Beginning one week from today, the $17.5-million rebate program will provide Florida residents discounts on approximately 68,000 ENERGY STAR appliances purchased from Florida retailers between Friday, April 16, and Sunday, April 25, 2010. These purchases are expected to pump at least $62 million into Florida’s economy, in addition to at least $4 million in tax revenues.

DEP Secretary Sole Announces Five Winners for Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards

TAMPA – Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole tonight announced the five winners for the Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards program in Tampa. The winners represented schools from throughout Florida including: Pasco, Monroe, Brevard and Broward counties. Pasco County was honored in both the district and student categories.

Governor Crist Promotes Energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today, continuing his commitment to increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoted the recently announced Energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program during a visit to Danfoss Turbocor in Tallahassee. The program, supported by $17.5 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will help Floridians lower utility costs and make their homes more energy-efficient.

Governor Crist Encourages Investment and Increased Use of Florida’s Biofuels

ORLANDO – Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged investment in Florida’s renewable energy industry while addressing attendees in Orlando at the 2009 Farm to Fuel Summit, hosted by Commissioner Charles Bronson and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Governor Crist praised investors and producers of ethanol and biofuels for their efforts to develop renewable energy.

Governor Crist Highlights Florida’s Renewable Energy Technology Industry

DANIA BEACH – Governor Charlie Crist today recognized Florida’s growing renewable energy technology industry as a part of his ongoing focus on economic development. During a roundtable discussion at the Center for Ocean Energy Technology at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) with leaders of Florida’s renewable energy industry, Governor Crist congratulated the nine recipients of $15 million in grant funding through the Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficient Technologies Grant Program. Earlier today, Governor Crist visited Marathon Petroleum’s ethanol blending facility in Tampa.

Governor Crist Applauds Release of Recovery Act Energy Funding by U.S. Department of Energy

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today, continuing his commitment to increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, applauded the United States Department of Energy’s announcement that Florida is among the first ten states approved to begin implementation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding under the State Energy Program Grant. Today’s approval releases more than $63 million to the Florida Energy and Climate Commission to initiate programs designed to spur economic development in renewable energy and energy efficiency across the State of Florida.

Governor Crist Encourages Federal Support for Everglades Restoration and Apalachicola River and Bay

Governor Charlie Crist today toured the Florida Everglades with United States Senator Bill Nelson and United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to discuss Florida's natural resources.

Governor Crist Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting

GOVERNOR CRIST ANNOUNCES GREEN SCHOOLS AWARD

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist joined Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole, Florida Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith and nearly 500 students at the Capitol to launch the Governor's Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards.

GOVERNOR SHARES PROPOSAL TO ACHIEVE EVERGLADES RESTORATION VISION IN TOUGH ECONOMIC CLIMATE

TALLAHASSEE- After gathering key input from the public, legislators and South Florida's communities and in recognition of the nation's current economic climate, Governor Charlie Crist today shared details of a revised strategy to acquire land for Everglades restoration from the United States Sugar Corporation.

STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO RECEIVE $168.8 MILLION IN STIMULUS FUNDS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist today announced the allocation of more than $168 million in federal economic stimulus funds to state and local governments through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

GOVERNOR CRIST APPLAUDS FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY'S NEW SOLAR ROOF

FORT LAUDERDALE - Governor Crist, continuing his focus on protecting Florida's environment and addressing climate change, joined Florida Atlantic University President Frank T. Brogan, students and faculty, and community leaders to unveil the university's first large-scale solar roof installation.

GOVERNOR CRIST ADDRESSES FIRST MEETING OF THE FLORIDA ENERGY & CLIMATE COMMISSION

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist today welcomed state leaders and the public to the first meeting of the nine-member Florida Energy & Climate Commission, held in Tallahassee.

GOVERNOR CRIST NAMES JAMES F. MURLEY AS CHAIR OF THE FLORIDA ENERGY & CLIMATE COMMISSION

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist has named James F. Murley, Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, as Chair of the Florida Energy & Climate Commission, for a term ending November 30, 2011, subject to Senate confirmation.

GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST APPLAUDS FPL'S NEW SOLAR FACILITY

INDIANTOWN - Governor Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp today, continuing their commitment to using alternative and renewable energy sources for the Sunshine State, celebrated the groundbreaking of the world's first hybrid solar plant.

GOVERNOR CRIST APPOINTS SEVEN TO THE FLORIDA ENERGY AND CLIMATE COMMISSION

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist today announced the following appointments:

GOVERNOR CRIST JOINS GOVERNORS, INTERNATIONAL LEADERS TO ADDRESS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

LOS ANGELES - Governor Charlie Crist, continuing his leadership role in addressing global climate change, joined California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in co-hosting United States governors and international leaders in calling for collaborative action across the globe in the fight against climate change.

GOVERNOR CRIST APPLAUDS SELECTION OF FLORIDA AS PART OF E85 PUMP PARTNERSHIP

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist today announced that Florida has been selected to join with the National Governors Association (NGA), General Motors Corporation (GM) and nine other states in a project to increase access to alternative fuels.

GOVERNOR CRIST TOURS ST. PETERSBURG BUSINESSES

ST. PETERSBURG - As part of his ongoing focus on local businesses and strengthening the economy, Governor Charlie Crist today visited St. Petersburg business Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc. and Techno-Solis, a manufacturer of solar pool heating panels.

GOVERNOR CRIST WELCOMES GRANT PROPOSALS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist today invited companies and organizations to submit grant proposals for the Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficient Technologies Grant Program.

GOVERNOR CRIST DISCUSSES RENEWABLE ENERGY WITH T. BOONE PICKENS, INVITES INVESTMENT IN FLORIDA'S BUSINESSES AT CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE

NEW YORK CITY - Governor Charlie Crist today met with energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens to discuss the importance of renewable energy.

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