Energy business leaders and stakeholders gathered in the Historic Capital for a full-day session to propose, debate and vote on energy policy priorities for the 2014 session
Representatives from Clean Footprint, Central Florida's leading solar finance and development company, attended Clean Energy Congress 2.0 held in the Historic Capital, Senate Chamber in Tallahassee, Florida on Monday. The purpose of the Congress was to eliminate obstacles for a robust competitive energy market and diversify the states generation mix.
"The Congress develops a vision for Florida's energy future," said Wes Morrison, Director of Sales and Marketing for Clean Footprint. "It also enables Florida energy leaders to debate and discuss policy proposals which will propel Florida energy policy past any political gridlock holding our state back."
Clean Energy Congress 2.0 gave stakeholders a chance to hear from experts, consider proposals for policy changes and vote for measures to help keep energy dollars within the State.
The Clean Energy Congress' goal is to bring business leaders, educators, innovators, and policy makers together to debate Florida energy policy. Sixty-seven delegates were invited to attend to assure a good mix of stakeholders; however, the event was also open to the public. Rethink Energy Florida and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, with the assistance of the office of Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, hosted The Clean Energy Congress 2.0.
The goals and policy considerations delegates brought to Congress to debate were to:
1. Remove barriers to diversifying Florida's energy mix through a robust renewable energy market, with the goal of the near-term development of at least one gigawatt (1 GW) of new solar energy in Florida.
2. Create an open and transparent Public Service Commission process.
3. Meet electricity demand through energy efficiency that costs less than new power plants.
4. Make Florida a leader in clean transportation.
5. Boost Florida's economy through jobs in the renewable sector.
Read more now about the specific goals and policy considerations: http://www.cleanenergycongress.com/system/documents/15/original/Energy_Policy_Background.pdf?2013
Following the debate, John Porter and Kurt Easton of Clean Footprint and the company's advisors Chris Castro and Susan Glickman attended the Clean Energy Business Legislative Reception in the Rotunda and Senate Chamber. The reception recognized Clean Energy Champions in The Florida Legislature.
"The entire experience was an excellent opportunity for our company to connect with the other business leaders, advocates and lawmakers in our State, but more importantly, it was an opportunity for Florida to become a leader in renewable energy," added Morrison. "Clean Footprint has a passion for clean energy, especially for Florida, and we were honored to have attended Clean Energy Congress."
About Clean Footprint
Located in Central Florida, Clean Footprint consists of an energetic team of professionals with experience installing PV systems equating to 120MW's of solar capacity. Fully engaged in solar financing, EPC, solar monitoring, and solar operation and maintenance, Clean Footprint works together with solar developers, to bring utility-scale, commercial solar PV projects to fruition that are reliable, cost effective, and sustainable. For more information, visit http://cleanfootprint.com or phone at (727) 466-8896.