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Florida's Energy Future - Bill McCollum for Governor

Florida's Energy Future - Bill McCollum for Governor

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Bill McCollum for Governor of Florida - Energy Plan
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Bill McCollum for Governor - Page 1 of 5
Florida’s Energy Future
 A Roadmap for Florida’s Future
 
Executive Summary 
 
As Governor, I will ensure that Florida builds a focused, 21st century energy strategy that takes a holisticview of how we produce and consume energy. I believe Florida needs
to invest in an “all of the above”
energy plan that is sustainable and affordable. I am committed to harnessing the potential of nuclear andrenewable energy sources
and using them to build an energy future that will strengthen Florida’s
economy. I suppo
rt the development and expansion of Florida’s energy markets and recognize the energysector’s ability to entice significant investment and create jobs.
My administration will develop energysolutions guided by the following core principles:1)
 
Increasing energy independence is essential to the economy and security of Florida and our nation.2)
 
Florida’s competitive economy requires stable and affordable energy for its residents and
businesses.3)
 
Florida must capitalize on the opportunity to develop high long-term, high paying jobs in themulti-trillion dollar clean-tech economy4)
 
My core principles of protecting ratepayers, stimulating the economy and providing energyindependence will drive all legislative proposals, as well as executive appointments, such as PublicService Commissioners.I will ensure Florida partners with the private sector and becomes a leader in innovating,commercializing, and manufacturing clean technologies. Florida has the talent, environment, andopportunity to build a vibrant clean-tech economy, and I am committed to providing the leadershipneeded to make this a reality.For more than three decades, I have been honored to serve our nation and the people of Florida. As anofficer in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve, a United States Congressman for twenty years, and
most recently as Florida’s Attorney General, I have dedicated my life to public service. These are tough
times, and we need strong leadership to get our economy back on its feet. I am proud to stand on myrecord of service and humbly ask for your support as I work to continue serving the State of Florida.The following proposals represent what I believe will lead to greater energy independence and a strongereconomy for Florida.Sincerely,Bill McCollum
 
Bill McCollum for Governor - Page 2 of 5
Table of Contents 
 
Electricity
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 Diversify core electricity production and embrace nuclear power and clean coal 
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 Promote renewable fuel sources through a two-tiered approach
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Capitalize on a clean energy economy through regulatory reform and a commitment toinnovation
 
Bio-Fuels
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 Remove regulatory barriers to expedite biofuel production
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 Leverage Florida’s agriculture community to support Florida’s farmers and grow jobs
 
 
Utilize market-based strategies
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 Embrace the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program
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 Develop electric plug-in vehicle infrastructure
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Oppose Cap and Trade policies
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 Promote the commercialization of energy technologies in Florida
 
Bill McCollum for Governor - Page 3 of 5
 
Electricity
Solving Florida’s energy issues requires an “all of the above” plan t 
hat fosters the innovation needed to
change the way Florida produces, transports, and consumes energy. Florida’s demand for energy is projected to increase by 76% in the next 20 years. My energy plan will diversify Florida’s energy supply
to ensure our state is not vulnerable to volatile energy price fluctuations. Florida must invest in anenergy system that improves our economy instead of sending our money to other states and countries.Florida is the third largest market for energy in the nation. Last year, Floridians spent around $9 billion
on fossil fuels to burn in our power plants. My vision for the future will calculate the cost to Florida’s
economy of exporting wealth versus investing that money in Florida.
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 Diversify core electricity production and embrace nuclear power and clean coal 
Americans and Floridians must be realistic about our short term energy needs and implement available,cost effective solutions. Florida currently derives almost 50% of its energy from natural gas which makesour economy vulnerable to price fluctuations. We must diversify our core electricity production andembrace nuclear power and clean coal. Nuclear power is safe, abundant, and reliable and myadministration will support responsible and timely completions of nuclear projects.-
 
 Promote renewable fuel sources through a two-tiered approach
I strongly support the development of renewable energy using methods that protect ratepayers andprovide for significant economic development and job creation. I propose that Florida takes a two-tieredapproach to renewable energy production. First, there are abundant renewable sources, such as biomass,that are cost competitive that should be implemented now. Florida must be more aggressive in integratingavailable renewable sources into our energy portfolio. Second, expensive renewable energy sources suchas solar, wind, and the Gulf Stream must be subject to free market forces to drive down their cost andreach parity with traditional energy sources. As Governor, I will assemble the stakeholders of the newenergy economy and bring utilities, renewable generators, and entrepreneurs together to producelegislation that ensures Florida is ready for investment.-
 
Capitalize on a clean energy economy through regulatory reform and a commitment to innovation
From 2001 to 2008, United States clean technology investment grew from $448 million to $7.5 billion.Florida has underperformed in securing capital and must show leadership and a commitment to this sectorto increase investment. Florida has the ingredients necessary for success in a clean energy economy such
as recognized research institutions, award winning utility companies, the nation’s third largest market for 
energy, and tremendous natural resources. However, Florida has lacked the leadership and vision neededto galvanize stakeholders and create a stable regulatory environment for investment. Under myleadership, Florida will show the world that its markets are open for business by creating a reputation andcommitment to innovation while removing regulatory barriers.

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