Renewable Energy In Florida
picture the courtesy of the Associated Press
Dear Renewable Energy Supporters,
This is indeed a historic and critical day (February 18, 2009) for the renewable energy industry in America. President Obama has not wavered from his campaign commitment to make good on the promise on what presidents before him deterred from largely due to an unwilling congress... that is to ignite the revolution needed to have a real green jobs economy in the United States of America. The signing of the stimulus package yesterday has done just that. To make the paradigm shift to a commitment to green jobs a reality there is much more work to do. We must now ask state legislators and officials who question the levity of a green jobs industry to challenge their fears and propensity to do what they have always done. The renewable community must continue to provide facts for which all decisions should be based on.
Currently, there is a lure to strap a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) in Florida for a Clean Energy Standard to include nuclear energy. By doing so, we will not meet the challenge of creating a new vibrant 21st century Florida which will be a leader in green jobs as well as a place for a growing clean tech industry. Such a move will send a signal to renewable energy investors that once again, Florida is closed for business. It will be viewed that when faced with being the leader in renewable energy in Southeastern United States, we passed. And we must also ask, what is the cost of doing nothing, and what type of a world will our children and grandchildren inherit with regard to sustainability energy production, our environment, and green tech jobs. No doubt, there are hard decisions before our policymakers while they maneuver this bold new initiative of a green economy.
We at FREPA urge continued discourse about the clear benefits of renewable energy in Florida, and the long-term cost benefits of more renewable energy generation. The cost of renewable technologies continues to go down as the market has clearly shown. We acknowledge and support the difficult jobs our leaders have before them and thank the Florida Public Service Commission for their hard work in preparing the RPS proposal. And again, we congratulate President Barack Obama on his insight and commitment to make a significant investment in this new green industry.
LESS THAN 30 DAYS REMAINING RESERVE YOU SEAT NOW
Second Annual Sunshine State Renewable Energy Expo and Symposium
At the Mary Brogan Museum , Tallahassee , Florida
(welcome reception on March 10th at 6-8 p.m.)
Event Website Here
INVEST IN OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE. PARTICIPATE IN OUR GREEN ECONOMY.
$150.00 meeting attendee fee
(include reception, breakfast,lunch all sessions and materials)
To reserve seat:
(include table, 8x5 area, table cloth, two chairs )
Lunch and meeting materials included.
All paying attendees receive a 50% discount off of annual FREPA membership (limited time).
Reserve your place now for this popular conference by signing up via paypal above
Platinum-$5000 (limit 4)
Diamond-$3000 (limit 4)
Welcome Reception at Mary Brogan Museum-6 -8 P.M.
7:30-8:15 a.m. Sign In
8:20 -9:00a.m. - Welcome: FREPA President and CEO
Opening remarks by special guest speakers -TBA
Governor Charlie Crist-Invited
Senate Lee Constantine- Invited
Jeremy Susac - Invited
PSC Chairman, Mathew Carter-Invited
9:00- 9:45 ( Session A) Sunshine State Renewable Energy Future (clean and renewable technologies)
Presenters - Representatives from Biomass, waste to energy, solar, biofuels, Ocean and wind industry
Session Description: The panelist will present an overview on where Florida is with the deployment of various energy and alternative fuel technologies and leave the audience with an idea of what are the opportunities for increased production in Florida
MW Biodiesel Consulting -Peggy Mathews, Founding Member and Agri-Source Fuels,LLC Representative
Covanta Energy- Teri Staniec,Director of Environmental Science & Community Affairs at Covanta Energy
Florida International University (ocean energy)-Invited
Iberdrola Renewables- Victor Austin- pending
9:00-9:45 (Session B)
Feedstock Availability; Biomass and Biofuels Project Financing
Session Description: This panel will present an in depth analysis of the currently available feedstocks for commercial production of bio-fuels. The discussion will include environmental concerns, agriculture characteristics and the economic viability of each category of feedstocks
Dr. Tawainga Katsvairo - confirmed
Cornell University (biomass plant and soil expert) also fomer IFAS researcher
University of Florida - Dr. Ann Wilkie
Associate Research Professor /Soil and Water Science
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
University of Florida - Dr. Roy Beckford
University of Florida Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent in Lee County
*Nationally recognized Jathropa researcher
Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS)
UF New Clean Fuel: Bio-Diesel featuring Roy Beckfod
***New****9:00- 9:45-*Special Session
* FREPA members and supporting partners (lower level)
Roundtable presentation, discussion and Q&A -Project financing
John May, Esq, Managing Partner - confirmed
Chadborne & Parke LLP - invited to participate in roundtable
9:55-10:40 a.m. (Session A) The Federal Stimulus package, the role of government, policymakers and business leaders
Gwen Rose -Vote Solar
Mark Sinclair -The Clean Energy Group
Senator Dan Gelber- confirmed interest/depending on legislative schedule
Senator Michael Bennett- pending confirmation
Representative Rick Kriseman - Invited
Representatve Keith Fitzgerald-.. confirmed/depending on legislative schedule
Kim Williams -Invited
President, Marphan Supply
Christopher Campbell, CEO -Invited
9:55-10:40 a.m. (Session B, lower level) Federal Renewable Energy Grant and Loans
Session Description: The presenters will go over their federal agencies renewable energy programs i,e grant and loans. USDA and DOE will also prove Q&A with respect to the direction their agencies will be taking under the new administration
Presenter- Representative USDA- name (TBA)
Presenter- Representative DOE -pending confirmation
10:50 - 11:50 a.m. (Session A)- Renewable Energy Policy: How to have a renewable energy revolution ...lets talk solar in the Sunshine State
Session description: The panelist will give an overview of the best and most popular renewable energy policies and opportunities credited with kick starting the industry in other states, country's and regions . Will also talk about the upside and downside of possible new policies and funding from the new administration.
Charity Pennock -confirmed
Subject: Southern Bioenergy Roadmap
Southern Growth Policies Board
Project Coordinator, SAFER
John Burges- pending
Sarasota-based renewable energy investor with Pretium LLC
11:10- 11:50 a.m. (Session B, Lower level)- Energy Efficiency technolgies relative to greenhouse gas reduction
Session Description: Panelist will discuss ......
A. Public policy in the area of energy efficiency
B. How to make your home more energy efficient
C. Energy Efficiency research and development updates and opportunities
Panelist and Presenters:
Rob Vieira - confirmed
Director for Building Research at the Florida Solar Energy Center
Biogreen Insulation Systems- Invited
Ron Blagus, Director of Marketing- confirmed
City of Tallahassee Utility- confirmed
11:10- 11:50 (Proposed Session C, lower level)-
Available clean sources of energy and their roles to fulfill our energy needs
Session Description: So that we have a clarifying view of our energy fiuture, this proposed session will review the role of all energy sources with regard to long term energy needs such as: natural gas storage, compressed natural gas, the pickens plan and an over arching discussion about the realities of what our green energy future will look like with competing technologies to secure our energy availability in a sustainable manner with a better energy mix.
12:00-1:20 p.m. - Lunch Session
Moderator -Tim Center of Sustainable Florida
"US Renewable policy opportunities,International market overview and energy investment big picture"
Keynote speaker (s):
Mont Vista Capital-Invited
Chadborne and Parke LLP - confirmed
Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson- confirmed
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. (Session A)- Florida Green Jobs Economy
Session Description: Panelist will answer questions a such as what are green jobs? Where does public policy and economic development meet? What are the tools to attract green jobs? What is Florida's potential green economy? And, what does the education system need to do to make sure we have workers for new green jobs?
Dr. Rona Fried
Rona Fried, Ph.D. -confirmed
Editor & Publisher, Progressive Investor
Article by Rona
Jay Liles- confirmed
Policy Consultant, Florida Wildlife Federation
Present Florida Green Jobs Report
1:30 - 2:40 p.m. (Session B- lower level)- Renewable Energy Research and Development to Commercialization .. updates
Session Description: Alternative energy demands are forcing the rapid development of biofuels and renewable electric generation. This panel will focus on R & D to commercial viability to include biogas to energy, biofuel processes to commercial production,
Complete Panel- TBA
David Cartes, Ph.D. -confirmed
Director, Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES)
Associate Director, Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS)
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Florida State University
Elias (Lee) Stefanakos, PhD- confirmed
Professor and Director
Clean Energy Research Center
College of Engineering
University of South Florida
Dr. Ahmad Sleiti, PhD- confirmed
College of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Central Florida
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. (Session C) - A Cap and Trade Green Economy
Session Description: This panel will discuss how a Cap and Trade Program could boost Florida's Renewable and Efficiency Industry.
Keith Allan, HM Consul General in Florida -Confirmed
Sonia Hamel, UK Climate Change Policy Advisor for the US-Confirmed
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)- confirmed but panelist -Confirmed/name TBA
2:25- 3:20p.m. (Session A)- The session: Cities, Counties, hospitality industry and trade groups reducing carbon footprints
Session Description: The presenter (s) will educate the audience on net return for greening events in the hospitality industry to include parties and trade association events. Will also discuss what cities and counties as well as individuals can do to green their daily activity
Presenters- More TBA
Georgia Malki -Confirmed
President of Seven Star (green experts to the event industry) And, Co- Producer/Operational Director of Green Cities: to discuss how to green an event in hospitality industry and beyond
2:25- 3:20p.m. (Session B)-Green building and construction opportunities in
Session Description: The panelist will present a discussion on the growth of the green building industry, what does it mean to be a green building and how does a building become green, green building certifications. They will also discuss job growth in the green building industry and will explore green building via the construction industry.
Jennifer L. Languell, Ph. D.-confirmed
Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solutions
Board member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC)
Florida Green Building Coalition Certifying Agent
USGBC LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
2:35-3:20 p.m. (Session C) Alternative Transportation fuels: project financing and range of industry needs/opportunities
Session Description: The panel will provide a whole picture of what it will take to not only have farm to Fuel be a reality with respect to producing fuels, but to also develop the market for alternative fuels
Fuel sources including feedstock availability
Policy needs of industry
Ins and outs of alternative fuels project financing
John May, Stern Brothers of Kansas City- Confirmed
Alternative Fuels project financing
3:30- 400- Renewable Energy Public Relations: renewable development communications and outreach strategies ..take it from a pro
Session Description: The speaker will provide insight into the significance of having a public relations strategy for your renewable energy project and strategies. Will also discuss strategies through anecdote about when communications have gone the wrong way. We've also asked the speaker to discuss the importance of engaging in an ongoing industrywide renewable energy educational campaign.
Honey Rand, Ph.D., APR -confirmed
The Environmental Communications Group
Author of "Water Wars":A Story of People, Politics and Power.
4:25-4:55 p.m.- Moving Florida into a Leadership Position in Renewable Energy - what to do now.
Presentations-Panel Discussion- Q&A
Florida Renewable Energy Association (FREA)-confirmed/ repTBA
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy- Leon Jacobs (confirmed)
Florida Solar Energy Industries Association(Flaseia)-pending/TBA Energy Consortium -Confirmed
Florida Farm Bureau -Invited
Florida Renewable Energy Producers Association (FREPA) - Confirmed
Florida Universities Renewable
Florida Economic Development Councils - Todd Kokourek- Invited
5:30- 8:00 p.m. Informal gathering at Andrews Bar and Grill
8:00-8:40 (coffee , juice and danish available)
Renewable Energy Lobby Day Prep
Overview of key components of the Florida Renewable Energy advocates policy suggestions and list of key lawmakers, appointments and etc
Presenter: FREPA Renewable energy policy coalition coordinators.
8:45- Begin meetings with lawmakers at state capital
SpringHill Suites Marriott
1300 Executive Dr
(at Kroger Center Appalachee Parkway)Tallahassee
Special meeting rate of $149.00 per night.
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