Florida advocacy groups supporting 'modest' energy legislation, saying cost of renewable energy and conservation has dropped since many other states set goals for their use

Graziela Medina Shepnick

Graziela Medina Shepnick

Feb 15, 2012 – Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Florida , February 15, 2012 () – Advocates of conservation and renewable sources such as solar and biomass in Florida are supporting what sponsors are calling "modest" energy legislation.

They are hoping a bill that cleared a House committee Wednesday and a similar measure moving through the Senate will snowball into something bigger.

Lobbyist Susan Glickman who works for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy says that's because the cost of renewable energy and conservation has dropped since many other states set goals for their use.

The Florida legislation doesn't include specific goals such the 20 percent level for renewables by 2020 that former Gov. Charlie Crist once envisioned.

But Glickman believes once some projects get started they'll demonstrate that renewable energy and conservation are cost effective alternatives to nuclear energy and fossil fuels.

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