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Charlie Crist joins bill rolling back Doanld Trump’s efforts to weaken Clean Power Plan

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Two days after President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency to start the legal process of withdrawing and rewriting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. St. Petersburg Congressman Charlie Crist joined 35 other Democrats to file legislation to prevent its implementation. HR 1812, known as the Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth (CLIMATE) Act declares the anti-environment executive order null and void and prohibits federal funds from implementing, administering, or enforcing the order. “My home county of Pinellas is quite literally a peninsula…

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FPL to build 8 new Florida solar energy plants, add 2.5M panels by 2018

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Florida Power & Light Co. is doubling down on solar power, announcing Monday a significant expansion of renewable energy production through next year. FPL, currently the largest generator of solar energy in Florida, will build eight new universal solar power plants by early 2018 – boosting its production with more than 2.5 million solar panels. “We have been working hard to drive down the costs of adding solar,” said FPL President/CEO Eric Silagy, “so we can deliver even more zero-emissions…

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FPL halfway to sunny goal of 1 million solar panels installed by year’s end

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Florida’s top utility is kicking its solar capacity into high gear, celebrating the halfway mark of an audacious goal of one million solar panels in operation by the end of 2016. Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest solar power generator, announced Thursday the installation of its 500,000th solar panel, part of a plan to bring three new solar energy centers online this year. Each of the proposed centers expects to generate 74.5 megawatts of generating capacity apiece, making them…

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In Tampa, Democratic Congressmembers Kathy Castor and Frank Pallone extoll St. Joseph’s Hospital energy efficiencies

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St. Joseph’s Hospitals, part of the BayCare Health System and a Pediatric and Level II Trauma hospital, is the only hospital campus in the Tampa Bay area with a co-generator plant. That plant consists of a natural gas-fired combustion engine that powers a 1.7 megawatt generator to produce electricity throughout the hospital campus. And for the past six years, it’s also housed a waste treatment system that reduces waste volumes by 90 percent and converts it into fuel used by…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s Great Bear Hunt, fixing balance billing and the Renewable Fuel Standard

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Today on Context Florida: LBJ declared the War on Poverty; the GOP waged a War on Women; the state of Florida has never ceased its War on Nature. And on the latest front, says Diane Roberts – Bears! As of Monday, Florida’s got 300 fewer bears taking advantage of human hospitality, drinking our liquor, stealing our women and also our leftover pizza. The Great Bear Hunt was, according to the nice people at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Motto:…

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GCEF keynoter: America’s future will be forged by steel, not government

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The Gulf Coast Energy Forum’s keynote speaker Chuck Schmitt hit a familiar note within the energy industry as those attending finished lunch: The sector is a well-oiled machine calibrated for innovation, and government rules and regulations are drags not only on oil and gas production, but on the nation’s economy as a whole. Schmitt — president of the American branch of Nordic steel producers SSAB and chairman of the American Iron & Steel Institute — told a crowd of about 50 industry interests…

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Poll shows most Floridians favor path to citizenship, oppose Planned Parenthood funding cut

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A new Quinnpiac poll of Floridians shows that despite the increasingly harsh rhetoric about immigration in the GOP presidential primary, a majority of Floridians (53 percent) support allowing most undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. An additional 12 percent say the undocumented should be allowed to stay in the U.S., but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. Thirty-one percent said that the undocumented should be deported back to their country of origin. That’s…

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