Nikki Fried proclaims National Clean Energy Week in Florida
September 21, 2020

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The Commissioner highlighted Tallahassee’s investment in clean energy.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Monday proclaimed Sept. 21-25 as National Clean Energy Week in Florida.

According to NationalCleanEnergyWeek.org, the 7-day celebration recognizes clean energy innovation and promotes bipartisanship among leaders who are dedicated to advancing clean energy.

Fried declared the proclamation alongside Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey.

“Energy affects all of us,” Fried said. “Energy produces food that we eat, powers devices at home, moves us throughout our communities and drives our economy.”

Fried selected Tallahassee to highlight the city’s clean energy investments, which include an electric bus fleet and the world’s largest airport-based solar farm.

The energy investments come as part of Tallahassee’s push toward 100% clean, net renewable energy by 2050.

Dailey said the capitol city prides itself as a pioneer of sustainability.

“We are well on our way,” Dailey said. “Let me tell you: we’re doing some amazing things.”

Dailey added the city now services 50% more customers in Tallahassee while producing only 20% less emissions. What’s more, Dailey said the city produces the second most solar energy per capita in the country.

Tallahassee is second only to Honolulu.

“We will be the number one at some point in the nation very soon,” he said before adding another fact: “We are the first city in the State of Florida where 100% of all our municipal buildings are powered by solar energy.”

The Democratic mayor described Fried and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as “great partners” in the city’s sustainability efforts.

FDACS is home to the Office of Energy, which Fried said is focused on energy efficiency, climate change and low-income energy equity.

“I’m so proud that Florida’s capital city is also one of the cleanest energy cities in the country and the world,” she told the Mayor.

The FCADS’s Florida Energy and Climate Plan can be viewed online.

The plan, championed by Fried, lays out the state’s strategies to address climate change and clean, affordable energy.

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Commissioner Nikki Fried commends the City of Tallahassee during Clean Energy Week
September 21, 2020

By Monica Casey

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – September 21-26 is National Clean Energy Week; Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried read a proclamation in front of City Hall and commended the City of Tallahassee for its work.

The goal of the week is to encourage individuals and organizations to implement more eco-friendly and clean practices.

Commissioner Fried says her department has created a new focus on energy efficiency, climate change, and low-income energy equity.

“In the past year, we hosted our first statewide summit to address climate change since the Crist administration. We released a 76-page energy and climate action plan, provided hundreds of free energy audits for our Florida farms,” said Commissioner Fried.

Her department also implemented a grant program creating more energy-efficient homes, bringing down electric bills for low-income families. That department has also created a program to help publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants reduce energy use.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey also discussed the City’s efforts.

He said Tallahassee is the first City in the state in which 100% of municipal buildings are powered by solar energy. The City also has the largest solar farm located at a municipal airport in the world, and provides 100% electric public transit to FSU.

Commissioner Fried says she’d like to get more state buildings running on renewable energy as well.

“City hall. Fire stations. Police stations. Underground utilities. Every municipally owned building runs on solar energy,” said Mayor Dailey.

Mayor Dailey also says compared to 30 years ago, the City of Tallahassee services 50% more customers, while producing 20% less CO2 emissions.

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Ag. Commissioner Nikki Fried, Mayor John Dailey declare National Clean Energy Week in Florida
September 21, 2020

By:Tori Lynn Schneider Tallahassee Democrat

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey came together in front of City Hall Monday afternoon to highlight clean energy.

Fried issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 21-25 as National Clean Energy Week in Florida.

“Energy affects all of us. Energy produces food that we eat, powers devices and homes, moves us throughout our communities and drives our economy,” Fried said at a press conference.

Dailey touted a list of Tallahassee’s green energy initiatives, including the Tallahassee International Airport’s solar farm, the largest airport-based solar farm in the world.

“We continue to be a pioneer when it comes to sustainability,” Dailey said.

The mayor put a spotlight on the city’s electric bus fleet which provides transportation for Florida State University and that all of Tallahassee’s municipal buildings are powered by solar, including the C.K. Steele Bus Plaza where those electric buses power up.

“We are actually running not only our entire campus fleet on electric vehicles but they’re being powered by solar energy,” Dailey said. “It is pretty amazing what we’re doing here in Tallahassee.”

StarMetro Transit Services Supervisor Kenneth Strong drove one of the “Seminole Express” electric buses to the City Hall where it served as the backdrop for the press conference.

Fried, who oversees the state’s Office of Energy, also said her administration has revitalized that agency “with new focus on energy efficiency, climate change and low-income energy equity.”

That office recently announced $1 million in low-income residential energy-efficient grants and $2 million for a wastewater plant energy grant program.

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Florida Republicans making plays to lead on climate change
September 21, 2020

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Traditionally, Republicans haven’t led the discussion on climate change, but that’s starting to change.

What began with a few GOP politicians and thought leaders has turned into a tide of Republicans urging their party to get on board with the science and start working toward solutions that both reverse the trends and reflect conservative values.

There have been concrete steps at the national level, such as the formation of the Roosevelt Caucus, which a congressional caucus made up of Republicans who are focused on advancing environmental and conservation legislation.

The group has a strong Florida presence, with U.S. Rep. Brian Mast serving as a caucus co-Chair and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz among its members. The caucus also recently added U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to its ranks.

The shift is as present within the Sunshine State as it is within the Delegation. In the past year, we’ve seen a sea change in the posture of Florida’s elected leadership.

The environment was central to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2018 campaign, and he’s delivered, landing billions in water quality funding, and working to speed up electric vehicle adoption. His further bolstered his pro-environment image with a proclamation declaring Sept. 21 through Sept. 25 as “Clean Energy Week in Florida.”

In the Legislature, incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls have committed to addressing sea-level rise during their tenures.

“Over the next two years we will continue to develop cost-effective strategies that will ensure Florida responsibly mitigates projected impacts of sea-level rise, balancing the associated costs with future benefits,” they wrote in a recent op-ed.

Specific goals include elevating flood mitigation as a critical part of Florida’s public safety infrastructure, working with federal agencies to inform Florida’s long-term climate change plans, and helping local governments in high-risk areas to incentivize solutions that work.

Florida Republicans have always been in front of their national colleagues on environmental issues — offshore drilling has been dirty word for decades and Everglades protection has been a cornerstone for many influential GOP officials.

Florida Republicans are coming around not just on enhancing resiliency but also on mitigation efforts. The state is a leader in clean energy tech, particularly solar. 

But, like so many other industries, the state’s clean energy sector has been pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 30,000 jobs have disappeared since the virus first took root six months ago, and many of the ones that remain are relying on Paycheck Protection Program funding to make ends meet.

While that lifeline, masterminded by Rubio, has been largely successful, the funding has dried up and clean energy businesses are scrambling to survive.

Should Congress come together on another coronavirus relief package, there is a desperate need for industry-specific aid.

Prominent Republicans have made a compelling case. As Eddie Fernandez outlined in his impassioned plea, federal aid to the industry would not be a bailout but an investment in an industry resilient to future economic disruptions and beneficial to national security

Rubio and the rest of the Florida delegation have proven they are leaders on environmental policy and —now more than ever — their advocacy is needed to ensure the Sunshine State maintains its position on the cutting edge of the clean energy economy.

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Gov. Northam Recognizes Clean Energy Week in September
September 19, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Gov. Ralph Northam issued a state proclamation on Friday which made Virginia the 17th state to recognize Clean Energy Week.

Northam’s proclamation recognizes Sept. 21-25, 2020, as Clean Energy Week.

The proclamation stressed the importance of clean energy on Virginia’s economy. The solar industry supports more than 12,000 jobs and the energy efficiency industry supports more than 75,000 jobs.

“Individuals and organizations in Virginia should support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and implement the cleanest energy technologies available; and whereas,” the proclamation states. “Virginia’s entrepreneurs and small businesses must come together with government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and ensure low-cost reliable energy at home.”

South Carolina recognizes Sept 21-25 as Clean Energy Week ABCNews 4
September 18, 2020

by Tony Fortier-Bensen

Gov. Henry McMaster signed a proclamation that makes Sept. 21-25 as Clean Energy Week.

South Carolina joins 19 other states in the country to formally recognize the event.

In the proclamation, Gov. McMaster said, “South Carolina has experienced tremendous success in the solar industry and has significant potential in the development of wind, biomass, and other clean energy technologies.”

The full proclamation is below:

GOVERNOR MCMASTER PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, across South Carolina, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and

WHEREAS, clean energy, including generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydro sources as well as nuclear, natural gas, and energy storage, is part of our country’s energy future; and

WHEREAS, the energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in the Palmetto State in recent years; and

WHEREAS, South Carolina has experienced tremendous success in the solar industry and has significant potential in the development of wind, biomass, and other clean energy technologies; and

WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are inherently local, exempt from outsourcing due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance, and contribute to the growth of local communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Henry McMaster, Governor of the great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim September 21-25, 2020 as

SOUTH CAROLINA CLEAN ENERGY WEEK

throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to support the commonsense solutions that address our economic and energy needs in the 21st Century.

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A political breath of fresh air: A conversation about bipartisan cooperation and Climate Change
September 18, 2020

Today’s guest is, unfortunately, an endangered species, or at least the political equivalent of one! She is truly bipartisan, measured and nuanced in her opinions, and is full of the type of conviction that is balanced with intellectual humility. My guest today on Raising Your Antenna is Heather Reams, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. In that role, Heather is spearheading National Clean Energy Week 2020, a weeklong event that urges Americans of all walks of life to consider the impact that clean energy has in their communities, and to help advance a future powered by clean energy technologies.

Heather and I had a fascinating conversation that touched on the respective roles of the public sector, both federal and state, as well as the private sector in advancing a clean energy future. We agreed on a lot, disagreed on some, but the tenor of the conversation and one that I hope can be mimicked by our political leaders, was characterized by mutual respect, data-driven arguments, and an understanding that while reasonable people can disagree on how to get there, the goalposts must be climate change mitigation.

Tune in as we discuss:

  • Clean energy policies
  • The role of media in the clean energy industry
  • Perspectives on the respective roles of the federal and state government in fighting climate change
  • The optimal way that the public and private sectors can best partner for climate change mitigation
  • Facilitating bipartisanship solutions
  • National Clean Energy Week 2020
  • …and more

National Clean Energy Week 2020 will be held on Sept 21 – 25. Learn more and register here: https://nationalcleanenergyweek.org/

Gov. Northam issues proclamation recognizing Clean Energy Week in Virginia
September 17, 2020

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Governor Ralph Northam has issued a state proclamation that recognizes Sept. 21-25, 2020 as being Clean Energy Week in Virginia.

Virginia is now one of 17 states, along with Washington, D.C. to formally recognize National Clean Energy Week 2020.

GOVERNOR NORTHAM
PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, across Virginia, clean and readily abundant renewable energy is powering more homes and businesses than ever before; and 

WHEREAS, Virginia has more than 913.17 megawatts installed, and over 10.4 gigawatts of solar energy currently under development in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, clean energy is part of Virginia’s energy future, which includes generation from renewable sources, such as solar, onshore wind, and offshore wind; and 

WHEREAS, Virginia’s energy future also includes investments in energy efficiency and energy storage technologies; and 

WHEREAS, the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Virginia in recent years; and 

WHEREAS, the solar industry now supports over 12,000 jobs and the energy efficiency industry now supports over 75,000 jobs in Virginia; and 

WHEREAS, clean energy jobs cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance; and 

WHEREAS, clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies; and

WHEREAS, from 2013 to 2017, revenue in the Commonwealth from the energy efficiency sector has increased five times from $300 million to $1.5 billion; and 

WHEREAS, individuals and organizations in Virginia should support solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st century, and implement the cleanest energy technologies available; and 

WHEREAS, Virginia’s entrepreneurs and small businesses must come together with government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and ensure low-cost reliable energy at home;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 21-25, 2020, as NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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