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Project Summary / Overview
Florida’s Energy and Climate Commission is composed of nine commissioners. Florida’s Governor appoints seven members and the remaining two are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture Service and the Chief Financial Officer. The Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Florida’s Energy and Climate Action Plan, which was submitted to Florida Governor Charlie Crist on October 15, 2008.
The Florida Energy and Climate Commission was created as a way to advance Florida’s energy and climate change policy and implement the recommendations of the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. The Commission also works on administering financial incentive programs and collaborates with other programs such as the Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Community Affairs, and Florida Energy Consortium.
The Commission is currently working on energy priorities in the State of Florida and setting priorities on the implementation of Florida’s Energy and Climate Change Action Plan. The Adaptation Working Group provided recommendations that include advancing science, comprehensive planning, protection of ecosystems and biodiversity, water resource management, built environment, and public education and outreach. The Commission has adopted several mitigation measures, but has not yet prioritized or implemented the adaptation recommendations.
Project Outcomes and Conclusions
From 2008 through 2010 the Commission focused most of its work on energy grants and policy and the prioritization of Florida’s Energy and Climate Action Plan. The Adaptation section still needs to be prioritized and implemented, which imposes some challenges since it includes a variety of sectors (built environment, coastal resources, water resources, extreme weather events, emergency response, marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, and human health) that will need to be implemented by a variety of organizations including state agencies, national agencies, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and individuals. The Commission will be responsible for addressing these in the near future.