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


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

October 15, 2008

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GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE
(850) 488-5394

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. As part of the public-private partnerships, each state will work with GM to advance E85 infrastructure and usage.

"Florida continues to emerge as a major marketplace for advanced energy technologies," said Governor Crist. "Through this innovative partnership, we can work with industry now to ensure the infrastructure is in place for cleaner-burning alternative fuels."

Announced in July at the NGA Centennial Meeting, the initiative will help states increase availability of E85 fueling stations. The ten states chosen to participate will develop a strategy for installing E85 pumps in key locations. GM will provide technical assistance to help identify optimal locations for E85 infrastructure as well as work with ethanol producers and fuel infrastructure experts to optimize E85 supply to participating states.

Each state will establish a task force that includes a team of state officials, retailers and automobile manufacturers to help identify target areas for E85 refueling stations. The team will also identify potential funding sources to support pump installation or conversion and help implement the state's strategy.

About Florida's Energy Future

Florida continues to encourage the development and usage of renewable and alternative energy in Florida, including ethanol-blended fuels. This summer, Governor Crist signed House Bill 7135, a comprehensive energy and economic development package aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as encouraging investment in alternative and renewable energy technologies. The legislation created an alternative fuel standard of "10 in 10," requiring that 10 percent of transportation fuels in Florida are from alternative sources by 2010. House Bill 7135 also authorizes the development of a cap-and-trade regulatory program, which gives businesses flexibility in meeting greenhouse gas reduction standards; creates a renewable portfolio standard; and provides grants and incentives to promote and enhance the use of alternative and renewable energy technologies. In addition, the legislation creates the Florida Energy & Climate Commission, a central office for state energy and climate change programs and policies.