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Citizens Head to Florida’s Capitol to Push for RPS

Orlando, Fla., March 17 --Next Tuesday, has coordinated a citizen’s lobby day to put pressure on the Florida Legislature-specifically the House of Representatives – to enact a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) rule.  In an attempt to make sure this year’s RPS bill is realized, has made arrangements for citizens supporting RPS to go to Florida’s capitol and tell their representatives why Florida should support clean energy.

Currently 29 states have enacted RPS legislation; However, Florida isn’t one of them.  Andre Uribe, Vice President of Power Grid Engineering, LLC stated that “ it makes economic and environmental sense to exploit Florida’s diverse resources and build industries such as  PV, solar thermal, biomass, hydro and wind which help create jobs and accelerate economic recovery."

Last year the Public Service Commission (PSC) delivered a renewable portfolio standard rule to the Florida Legislature for ratification adopting Governor Crist’s goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020. The bill made it through the Senate but was halted by House. This year’s Congressional Session could determine the direction of Florida’s future energy.

Next week’s event is aimed at flooding the capitol with concerned citizens and small businesses eager to help pass renewable energy legislation. On Mon. Mar. 22nd attendees are invited to attend a reception honoring clean energy “Pioneers, Heroes and Champions” including Sen. Lee Constantine, and Nancy Detret among others.  The lobbying event will begin the following morning with a quick overview of current energy related bills, followed by lobbying training, before meeting with state legislators to discuss Florida’s energy policies.