FARE to FlaSeia: "Please Come Back Home"

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FARE urges the Florida Legislature to adopt a long term renewable energy public policy through the creation of an incentive-based funding source, which is dedicated to the growth of solar, wind, hydro and bio mass.

The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) believes that Florida must accelerate its diversification of energy producing sources beyond its current dependence upon fossil fuels, nuclear and natural gas. Providing renewable energy sources as additional choices for Florida's consumers will introduce competition, spur technological advancement, create jobs, and bring new manufacturing and investment dollars into our State.

We urge the Florida Legislature to adopt a long term renewable energy public policy through the creation of an incentive-based funding source, which is dedicated to the growth of solar, wind, hydro and bio mass. Through the passage of a comprehensive, production-based incentive fund, renewable energy is capable of producing more energy than all other sources combined.

FARE does not support the coupling of future revenues from coastal oil exploration as a viable long term funding source for the creation of renewable energy incentives. Further, FARE believes that any funding which will encourage greater customer usage of renewable energy should be a production-based incentive.

Therefore, FARE does not support the recent decision made by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association (FlaSeia), to utilize revenues from the exploration for oil along Florida's coastline as a means to fund renewable energy expansion. FARE also does not support FlaSeia's decision to seek only a continuation of Florida's Solar Installation Rebate Program during the upcoming 2010 Legislative Session, rather than a broader agenda which incorporates a long term dedicated funding source, specifically, a production-based incentive policy. FARE calls into question the lack of foresight on the part of FlaSeia to endorse oil exploration legislation sight unseen and strongly urges FlaSeia to reverse their endorsement of any proposed legislation until such time that an actual Bill is introduced and the entire energy efficiency and renewable energy industry has the proper opportunity to act as one unified voice.

FARE is a leading advocacy organization for Renewable Energy policies in Florida. FARE is comprised of businesses, associations, manufacturers, organizations and individuals in the solar, agricultural and renewable energy industry.

http://www.farenergy.org

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