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Obama Smart Grid Remarks

Obama Smart Grid Remarks

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President Obama on smart-grid funding.
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Published by: Environmental Capital on Oct 27, 2009
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 THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary _____________________________________________________  ______ For Immediate Release October 27,2009 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTON RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR SMART GRID TECHNOLOG Y DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy CenterArcadia, Florida 12:05 P.M. EDT  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, guys. Thank youvery much. Please, have a seat. Thank you somuch. Well, first of all, let me thank Lew Hay and hisvisionary leadership at Florida Power & Light. It's anexample of a company that is doing well by doinggood. And I think it's a model for what we couldduplicate all across the country.  To Greg Bove, who just gave me the tour andwas a construction manager for this facility,congratulations. We've got a couple of specialguests here: Representative Kathy Castor from Tampa, a great friend. (Applause.) Arcadia MayorDr. Roosevelt Johnson. (Applause.) And StateRepresentative Keith Fitzgerald from Sarasota.(Applause.)
 And I want to once again thank Lew for thegenerous introduction. I want to congratulate youand all the workers who are involved in thisoutstanding facility for Florida Power & Light. It's an honor to be here on a very big day not just for Arcadia but for the cause of clean energy inAmerica. With the flip of a switch, FP&L will -- hasmoved the solar panels behind me into a positionwhere they can catch the sun's rays. And now, forthe very first time, a large-scale solar power plant --the largest of its kind in the entire nation -- willdeliver electricity produced by the sun to the citizensof the Sunshine State. And I think it's about time.(Applause.)  This plant will produce enough power to serve theentire city of Arcadia. Its construction was a boost toyour local economy, creating nearly 400 jobs in thisarea. And over the next three decades, the cleanenergy from this plant will save 575,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent of removing more than 4,500 cars from the road eachyear for the life of the project. Think about that,45,000 [sic] cars from the road each year for the lifeof the project.And yet, to realize the full potential of this plantand others like it, we've got to do more than just addextra solar megawatts to our electrical grid. That'sbecause this grid -- which is made up of everythingfrom power lines to generators to the meters in yourhome -- still runs on century-old technology. It
wastes too much energy, it costs us too muchmoney, and it's too susceptible to outages andblackouts. To offer one analogy, just imagine whattransportation was like in this country back in the1920s and 1930s before the Interstate HighwaySystem was built. It was a tangled maze of poorlymaintained back roads that were rarely the fastest orthe most efficient way to get from point A to point B.Fortunately, President Eisenhower made aninvestment that revolutionized the way we travel --an investment that made our lives easier and oureconomy grow.Now, it's time to make the same kind of investment in the way our energy travels -- to build aclean energy superhighway that can take therenewable power generated in places like DeSotoand deliver it directly to the American people in themost affordable and efficient way possible. Such aninvestment won't just create new pathways forenergy -- it's expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs all across America in areas ranging frommanufacturing and construction to IT and theinstallation of new equipment in homes and inbusinesses. It's expected to save consumers morethan $20 billion over the next decade on their utilitybills. And I know nobody minds seeing their utilitybills cut. I'm sorry, Lew, but they really don't mindthat. (Laughter.) It will make our grid more secureand more reliable, saving us some of the $150 billionwe lose each year during power outages. It will allowus to more effectively transport renewable energy

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