Florida Energy and Climate Commission

Created: 2/23/2010 - Updated: 3/02/2020


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.

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.


Information gathered from online resources. Last updated 2/23/10.


Score, A. (2010). Florida Energy and Climate Commission [Case study on a project of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission]. Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation Program. Retrieved from CAKE: http://www.cakex.org/case-studies/florida-energy-and-climate-commission (Last updated February 2010)

Project Contact(s)

The Florida Energy and Climate Commission was created in June 25, 2008 when Governor Charlie Crist signed into law House Bill 7135. The Commission is housed within the Executive Office of the Governor and acts as the Florida’s main organization for state energy and climate change programs and policies.


Scale of Project
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Climate Type
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Reduce local climate or related change
Reduce non-climate stressors
Capacity Building
Design or reform institutions
Create new institutions
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Effort Stage
In planning

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