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More Floridians are taking advantage of renewable energy than ever before. According to reports filed with the Public Service Commission, customer-owned renewable systems increased by 54% in 2018. The total renewable system interconnections total close to 38,000, in 2008 there were only 577.

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Environmental groups gathered at the Capitol, Monday, to suggest ideas on how Governor Ron DeSantis can help advance clean energy. 

With renewable energy being at the forefront of issues with many climate advocates, utility companies are often seen as culprits when it comes to slowing down clean energy legislation. 

The Tallahassee city commission wants the city to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The goals are outlined in a resolution adopted by commissioners during their Wednesday meeting.

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Florida is leading the way in new energy alternatives, but also lagging behind on some major efficiency standards.   

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Construction for Tallahassee’s first solar power plant is underway. Not everyone in Tallahassee can install their own rooftop solar panels, whether they want to or not. But Mayor Andrew Gillum says residents will soon have another option, because of the city’s new 20 megawatt community solar farm.

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Florida Atlantic University researchers say they’ve reached a milestone in their seven-year effort to convert the Gulf Stream into a reliable source of electric power.

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The president elect of the United States is known as a climate change denier and that has some environmental activists saying now is the time to organize.

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Tuesday Floridians voted overwhelmingly to lower taxes on solar equipment. But activists are bracing for another campaign – this one against a utility-backed amendment on the November ballot.

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A new report card released by Florida's civil engineers shows the state's infrastructure is mediocre, but making some gains.

New figures from the Public Service Commission suggest Florida’s “Sunshine State” image is intensifying. But not everyone agrees.

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The future is bright for a proposed solar power plant in the capital of the Sunshine State.

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Environmental activists are sounding the alarm as a fracking bill continues to move through the Florida Legislature. Hundreds flocked to the Old Capitol Wednesday to raise their voices in protest.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is hosting the second Annual Florida Energy Summit in Orlando, which started Wednesday. More than 500 people from all over the country will spend the next three days talking about the future of energy in the state of Florida.

A Democratic lawmaker is firing back against arguments recently raised by Tea Party activists regarding a bi-partisan energy bill now on the Governor’s desk. Sascha Cordner has more.

During a recent news conference, a group of Tea Party activists talked about their efforts in urging Governor Rick Scott to veto a comprehensive energy bill, that they claim picks “winners and losers.” But, Democratic Representative Jeff Clemens says their arguments don’t make sense:

Thousands of Tea Party activists are calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto an energy bill that received bipartisan approval from the Florida Legislature and has the backing of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. As Sascha Cordner reports, the groups say the legislation will have a negative impact on Florida’s future energy policy.

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A House bill establishing a state energy policy cleared its final committee Friday.  James Call reports the measure received unanimous approval after the sponsor removed   language involving the public’s watchdog for utility rate hikes.

Florida lawmakers are looking into what the state’s energy future should hold. Experts agree the state should have a diverse energy portfolio, but Regan McCarthy reports some disagree on how quickly the state should start shifting more of its energy dependence on to renewable sources.

Focusing the state’s energy efforts on renewable energy is a matter of national security—that’s according to Reamonn Soto, a marine serving in the reserves.

A Senate committee moved forward with a bill Monday that raises the possibility of cutting the state's reliance on natural gas to fuel power plants and also includes tax incentives for renewable-energy companies.  James Call reports Senators appear confident that they can develop a state energy policy but advocates for renewable and alternative sources of energy are calling on lawmakers to develop a bolder policy.

It’s About Florida: Renewable Energy

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Environmentalists and those who represent the traditional fuel industry work to carve out their roles as states Agriculture Commissioner starts looking toward more renewable energy.  

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist was a big fan of alternative and renewable energy.  The state’s commitment to developing those energy sources may have slipped a bit with his departure from the governor’s mansion.  But Tom Flanigan reports the concept remains very much alive at the State Capitol.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam was front and center at Monday’s meeting of the Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam outlined a series of energy proposals to the House Energy and Utilities Subcommittee. James Call reports Putnam's ideas on energy diversification and renewable sources are expected to serve as the foundation for a bill setting a state energy policy.