Two Florida lawmakers want all the energy used in the Sunshine State to come from renewable sources like solar and wind power by 2050.
State Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, and Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, D-Miami, have filed identical bills HB 1291/SB 1762. The measure directs the Office of Energy within the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to create a unified plan to generate 100 percent of Florida’s energy from renewable sources by 2050.
The bill also directs the Office of Energy to consult the plan with other state agencies, colleges, universities, utilities, and private and public partners. The plan is also required to include interim goals that would have Florida generating at least 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
“As the Sunshine State, Florida should be a nationwide leader in the push for 100 percent clean, renewable energy,” Rodríguez says in a statement. “In order to ensure a more sustainable, bright future for our children, we must take a strong, clear position on committing to renewable energy today.” [full article]