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Renewable-energy tax break bill headed to Rick Scott

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The Florida Legislature has passed a bill that will give a renewable-energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties with solar installations. The measure (SB 90) was sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday after passing the Senate unanimously. If signed into law, businesses that install solar panels to their properties would not have to pay additional property taxes from the increased value of adding such devices. “The voters of Florida spoke loud and clear in support of an expanded…

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Rick Kriseman sets next steps to reach 100 percent clean energy goal

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St. Petersburg became the first Florida city last month to sign on to the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, which seeks to convert the city to 100 percent renewable, green energy. Mayor Rick Kriseman on Friday set out the first steps the city is taking to reach that goal. It’s an initiative he calls the Integrated Sustainability Action Plan. The city has earmarked $250,000 for the ISAP. First on the ISAP list is an overall energy audit to help…

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St. Pete is first Florida city to commit to 100 percent clean energy, Sierra Club says

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The St. Petersburg council has agreed to transition the city to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The vote makes St. Pete the first Florida municipality and the 20th in the U.S. to make the commitment and sign on to the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 national campaign, according to the club’s local branch. The local branch, the Suncoast Sierra Club, sponsors the Ready for 100 Percent St. Pete local campaign that the city also supports. Ready for 100 percent St.…

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Jeff Brandes’ renewable energy bills easily clear committee

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Legislation that would exempt the value of solar-power and other “renewable energy” equipment from Floridians’ property tax bills was unanimously cleared by a Senate panel Monday. Part of the legislation (SB 172/SJR 170), sponsored by St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes, would create a constitutional amendment required to enact the measure. It would have to be approved by 60 percent of voters. The bill would exempt “renewable energy source devices, and any components thereof, from the tangible personal property tax,” an…

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St. Pete City Council furthers talk on fossil fuel divestment

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St. Petersburg City Council members are considering divesting the city from fossil fuels. During a meeting Thursday, the eight-member board voted unanimously to refer to the Budget, Finance and Taxation Committee a divestment measure recommended by Mayor Rick Kriseman. The measure would affect city pensions where investments are currently placed strategically to incur the most financial benefit. City Council approval of the issue would remove fossil fuel industries from those investments. Kriseman pushed the issue as a way to encourage…

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Energy Summit to highlight renewble, sustainable solutions for Tampa Bay

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As the demand for alternative and renewable energy grows nationwide, leaders in government, business and the public are more receptive than ever to developing new energy sources. Highlighting the latest innovations in sustainable energy is the Energy Summit Tampa Bay at the Hilton Carillon Park in St. Petersburg. The event, scheduled for May 29-30 and open to the public, will bring together energy industry reps, elected officials, business and economic development leaders, students and the public for a series of…

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Karl Nurse calls for more green funding

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St. Petersburg Council Member Karl Nurse will host a press conference Tuesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in Room 100 of City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N., to encourage the federal government to release millions of dollars earmarked for weatherizing homes and buildings. Joined by Council Members Dudley, Kornell and Newton, Nurse will ask the federal government to resolve a dispute between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Housing Finance Agency that has blocked millions of dollars of…

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