August 2, 2008
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FREPA announce its summer "Clean Energy Finance and Regulatory Summit" to be held on August 8-9 2008. The  "Clean Energy Finance and Regulatory Summit" is a serious discussion and educational opportunity  on the role and needs of clean energy producers in Florida  with an eye on the Public Servive Commission (PSC) rulemaking process specific to  Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS), Renewable Energy Credits (REC's), carbon markets, net metering and etc. Such sections will be covered by regulatory experts who are well versed on where Florida is currently with respect to the industries  regulatory challenges and opportunities.
The meeting will also include educational seminars with renewable energy project financing experts and other professinals in the project finance business. We will also  engage financial institutions eager to know more about renewable development activity in Florida. There will also be a 
Q & A period with respect to project financing
summit is a one day event at the wonderful Sanibel Sundial Beach and Golf Resort in Sanibel Island, Florida with a reception held the night before (Aug 8th) . And, for those who plan to stay afterward FREPA has made special arrangements for golfing.   Please e-mail if you have any questions. 
Clean Energy Summit Agenda
6:30 Reception  Sanibel Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island Florida
8:00 sign in
8:30 Welcome by FREPA
 Governor Charlie Crist  (Invited) 
8:45 Session
Task at hand for the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC)  due to the passage of HB7135:
a)Public Service Commission rulemaking process for Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS).. How will renewable energy developers benefit?
b) Practicle role of a "Clean Energy Fund"as a  part of the compliance apparatus for an RPS and its applications for Florida renewable energy projects
9:45 Break
10:00 Session
Alternative Energy Project Financing:
Presenter: Tom Woolsey, J.D.
Partner,  Hogan & Hartson LLP
Member of Project and International Finance Group
a)Hear from leading alternative/renewable energy project development consultant:
  • Important time-lines for project financing
  • Key elements to financial package
  • Crucial agreements and documents  that need to be in place prior to project financing 
  • Rates of return, term length, what to expect and etc
b) Discussion lead by representative from leading financial institution with long history of renewable energy project financing
11:30 Break 
11:45 Lunch Session
Session Introductory Speaker: Dr. Joe Shepard, CFO
Florida Gulf Coast Univerty 
(building the worlds largest solar farm at any university)
  • Renewable Energy Markets 
  • Venture capital opportunities for project financing
  • Energy investors interest in Florida
  • Global opportunities for Florida renewable energy developers
1:15  Session
Energy crops and Florida: a discussion identifying viable energy crops for Florida farmers, stratgeies for crop introduction, challenges and opportunities
2:00 Session
Alternative Energy Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permitting
Presenter:  David Cibik,PE,REM
of Malcolm Pirnie
2:45 Break 
3:00 Session:
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs): everything you will need to know about RECs and their value to your renewable/alternative energy project
Meeting Attendee Fee:
$150.00  Pay Here
Golf Fee Only:
Pay Here
 ***Please be sure to include your e-mail address when paid so that we can confirm your registration with a followup e-mail.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels:
Acknowledged on FREPA website with link to company, meeting program, lunch at reception via poster and all other annoucements. Also, 3 (three)  free attendee registrations for representatives. $1,500  Pay Here

Acknowledged on FREPA website with link to company, meeting program,lunch, reception and 2 (two) free attendee registrations for representatives. $1,000 Pay Here 

Acknowledged on FREPA website, in meeting program and 1 (one) attendee registration. $500   Pay Here
To pay with check, make payable to:
Florida Renewable Energy Producers
Mail to:
522 E. Park Ave Suite 101
Tallahassee, Fl 32301
Registration deadline:
Online  registration cutoff ... noon Thursday, August 7
Registration will be available at the meeting with an additional late registration fee of $25.00 unless previously confirmed by contacting or calling office at (850) 222-0441.
 News Articles
 "At the end of the day, producing renewable energy has to make business sense. This new industry  need the freedom and the room to grow ...and it will with the right business and policy landscape".. M. Jaray Dobson  
 Senators craft bipartisan energy bill
Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Saturday, August 2, 2008
08-02) 04:00 PDT Washington -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators seeking to end the energy wars raging in Congress unveiled new legislation Friday that would allow some offshore oil drilling but also would invest heavily in wind and solar power, electric vehicles and alternative fuels
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 Farm to Fuel event pushes Florida
Whether derived from sugar cane, switchgrass, algae, citrus peel or woody biomass, biofuels grown in the Sunshine State can spearhead the nation's future energy policy, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said Thursday.
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The Next Generation of Alternative Energy
Venture capitalists flirt with solar thermal, algae, and wave power
By Katy Marquardt Posted July 25, 2008
Now that alternative energy is the new darling of Silicon Valley, investors are pumping cash into a raft of obscure technologies, from wave power to algae fuel. Despite the sluggish economy, alternative-energy start-ups received a record $2 billion in venture capital funding in the second quarter of 2008, a 58 percent increase from a year earlier, according to Cleantech Group, a market research firm. Today, clean technology-which includes alternative energy producers-accounts for 20 percent of all venture capital funding, up from just 1 percent in 2001, says John Balbach, a Cleantech managing partner.

Florida Renewable Energy Leader Says Work Just Beginning on Energy Bill
The leader of the Florida Renewable Energy Producers Association, a 25x'25 endorsing partner, says "mammoth work is left to be done" now that Gov. Charlie Crist has signed into law sweeping energy legislation that requires the state's Public Service Commission to develop rules for a renewable portfolio standard (see May 23 25x'25 Policy Brief)  
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China says air clear for Games, but is it smoke?
Associated Press
BEIJING - Environmental officials say their efforts are starting to clear the haze above Beijing, while strong wind and some rain have also raised hopes of blue skies when the Olympic Games start in just over a week. The city has put in place a...
By KIMBERLY MILLER Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Palm Beach Post (Florida)
May 19, 2008
Copyright 2008 The Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc. All Rights Reserved
South Florida's sunshine will soon power this corner of the state's only public university with a solar farm expected to dwarf similar facilities at colleges worldwide.
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 Gulf Ethanol - Questions & Answers About Ethanol
HOUSTON, TX--(MARKET WIRE)--Jul 16, 2008 -- Gulf Ethanol Corporation (Other OTC:GFET.PK - News) addresses consumer questions about ethanol.
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Could wind power work in Florida?
Wind power is gaining velocity across the nation
Alternative fuels -- the story so far
In the push to stop global warming, many experts are hearing a mighty rushing wind.
Clean and abundant wind power in vast stretches of America is not only far cheaper than solar, but as oil prices soar, it's proving to be less expensive than natural gas, a prime source of the nation's power.
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Upcoming Events

Florida Clean Energy Fund
FREPA's clean energy fund steering committee  will hold a conference call of August 15th at 4 p.m. For those of you whom have not signed on, we are still seeking like minded individuals and organizations interested in the creation of a dedicated renewable energy fund in Florida much like the "Public Benefits Fund" of other states. Those who are interested in being a part of the FREPA steering committee specific to this project and would like call in info , please e-mail
 Newest Membership:
Floridas Great Northwest,Inc has agreed to become FREPA's newest member pending administrative processing. Northwest Florida is  quickly becoming a leader in the area of renewable energy development in the State of Florida.Floridas Great Northwest,Inc  has a regional approach which could be duplicated throughout Florida.
For more info go to:Floridas Great Northwest
Member notes:
FREPA congratulates members Mr. Glen Farris of BG&E and Ms Peggy Mathews of .Agri-Source Fuels on their informative presentations at the Florida Farm to Fuel summit this past week.
 FREPA member event sponsors were Eastcoast Ethanol, LLC   and Florida Crystals as event sponsors 
We thank Commissioner Charlie Bronson and staff for an successful event.
Need Database Of Renewable Projects
As you may know, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is working to develop a Florida Renewable Energy Portfoilio Standard (RPS). An important piece of information needed to craft the best policy which will spur renewable energy project development in Florida will be an inventory of current renewable projects along with a list of those that are in the works.
Please provide such information to our office along with your contact information asap so that our office can best communicate such information  to our PSC for consideration to assist them with the creation of such an important policy. E-mail such info to:
    FREPA Governmental Relations TEAM
**FREPA will announce candidate endorsements later durng the week. It is critical that FREPA acknowledge renewable energy friendly  candidates and political leaders who support our mission. Their leadership will be key to how our nations energy policy is shaped.  
Please contact our office at (850) 222-0441 or e-mail for additional information about FREPA or any item which appeared in this newsletter

Michael Dobson
Florida Renewable Energy Producers Association