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Governor Crist Applauds Legislature for Moving Forward Florida's Green Energy Future


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 30, 2008

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Governor Crist Applauds Legislature for
Moving Forward Florida's Green Energy Future

~ Legislation will reduce greenhouse gases, increase renewable energy and energy efficiency ~

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist today applauded the Florida Legislature for passing legislation that will increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy throughout Florida, while adopting a strategy for businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation, House Bill 7135, was approved today by the Florida Senate and by the Florida House of Representatives yesterday.

"I want to thank Senate President Ken Pruitt, House Speaker Marco Rubio, Senator Burt Saunders and Representative Stan Mayfield for their leadership in securing Florida's green energy future," Governor Crist said. "Today's vote signifies a commitment to protecting Florida's natural beauty and stimulating our economy, as well as reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil."

"I am proud that we have positioned Florida to be part of a national debate on global climate change," Senator Saunders said. "Taking steps to safeguard Florida's natural resources is key to our state's economic security.

"I thank Governor Crist and the Florida Legislature for their leadership on this important issue," said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole. "Now that the framework has been laid, DEP and the other agencies will move forward to implement this comprehensive state energy policy that provides a cleaner and healthier environment while increasing fuel diversity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The legislation authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to develop a cap-and-trade regulatory program, which gives businesses flexibility in meeting standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also creates a renewable fuel standard and a renewable portfolio standard that gives added weight to wind and solar energy over other forms of renewable energy. Building codes for newly constructed buildings and appliances for new commercial and residential buildings will also be more energy efficient.

"This legislation creates a very comprehensive energy package that continues Florida's leadership in increasing energy efficiency," said Representative Stan Mayfield, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Council and House sponsor of the bill. "We are moving in the right direction by encouraging more renewable energy and more energy efficient buildings and appliances."

The legislation passed today builds on the policy framework established by Governor Crist through Executive Orders signed last summer at the Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change. Earlier this week, Governor Crist announced the 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change to be held June 25-26, 2008, at the Intercontinental Miami. The 2008 summit will focus on stimulating economic development in clean technologies as well as "greening" Florida's business community.

For more information on the 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change, or to register for the conference, visit myfloridaclimate.com or www.myflorida.com.

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