Florida Governor Signs Executive Orders on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Change
Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed three executive orders (EO) July 13 that aim to reduce greenhouse gases, increase energy efficiency, and bolster the use of renewable energy. The signing ceremony concluded a Miami summit on global climate change.
The orders Crist signed included:
- Leadership by Example: Immediate Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Florida State Government (EO 07-126). This order requires the state government to measure greenhouse gas emissions, record carbon data, and then work to reduce emissions 10 percent by 2012, 25 percent by 2017, and 40 percent by 2025. To achieve that goal, state buildings constructed in the future must be energy efficient and include solar panels whenever possible. Future leases for office space must be in energy efficient buildings as well. Any state vehicles purchased in the future should be fuel efficient and use ethanol and biodiesel fuels when available.
- Immediate Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions within Florida (EO 07-127). The order sets maximum emission levels of greenhouse gases for electric utilities. The standard will require reducing emissions to 2000 levels by 2017, to 1990 levels by 2025, and by 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050. Florida will also adopt the California motor vehicle emission standards, pending approval of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency waiver. The California standard requires a 22 percent reduction in vehicle emissions by 2012 and a 30 percent reduction by 2016. The order also requires energy efficient appliances to increase efficiency by 15 percent of current standards.
- Florida Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change (EO 07-128). The governor will appoint stakeholders to the team, which will create a climate change action plan. The plan will comprise strategies that go beyond the executive orders to reduce emissions, including recommendations for legislation.
The "Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change", where Crist signed the orders, brought together policy makers, academics, scientists, environmentalists, and business representatives to discuss the impact of climate change in Florida. These participants helped develop best practices for alternative fuels and emission standards and recommended procedures for state agencies and future legislation.
To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Florida, see:
- Florida news published on the EERE Web site.
- Brief project descriptions from the Florida Energy Office published in the EERE State Energy Program newsletter, Conservation Update.
- Florida publications listed in the EERE State Publications Database.