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Audubon of Florida reports that a Houston based oil and gas lobbying group, known as Consumer Energy Alliance,  has been asked by Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos to make recommendations for a state energy policy.  The group will be holding hearings at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando July 18-20, beginning at 9:00am.  Topics to be considered include:

Energy use in the key economic sectors; Outer continental shelf energy development off Florida; Electricity generation and new nuclear power plants in Florida; Energy efficiency and conservation in Florida; Alternative and renewable energy production and use in Florida.

The hearings are apparently open to the public, however a RSVP is required to attend.  Please email Natalie Joubert at njoubert@consumerenergyalliance.org or call her at 202-778-2103 to make your reservation.  The Hotel is located at 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819.

The Audubon notice did not include any explanation why an oil and gas lobbying group was chosen to host these hearings and make recommendations to the Senate President.  It would appear imperative that renewable energy, clean energy, energy efficiency and natural resource conservation advocates plan to attend, including those supporting solar energy, offshore wind energy, ocean energy, biomass, ethanol, biodiesel, electric vehicles including trains and that smart growth, professional planners should also attend.

Sam Kendall

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