CEA Concludes Stakeholder Meetings on Florida’s Energy Future

ORLANDO – Today Consumer Energy Alliance of Florida (CEA-Florida) completed a 3-day series of stakeholder meetings in Orlando designed to solicit input and comments regarding the state’s energy policy. Input was sought from a diverse group of interests, including state officials, small business owners, utilities, environmental groups, and consumers from all across Florida.

At the conclusion of the meetings, CEA-Florida executive director Matt Ubben released the following statement:

“These sessions were extremely helpful to us as we look at the big-picture of Florida’s energy future. Having folks from every sector of the Florida economy, as well as academics and local officials providing insights on a whole range of energy issues will help us insure that our report addresses the most pressing energy issues in the State and reflects what Floridians truly want as their future energy policy.”

CEA executive vice president Michael Whatley, who moderated the discussions, added: “It is paramount to have all sides of the energy debate participate in the development of a report like this in order to present state policymakers with a thoughtful, thorough analysis and balanced set of recommendations for establishing a comprehensive energy policy.”

The meetings are the first step in drafting a report analyzing Florida’s energy needs and energy resources, as well developing a series of recommendations that CEA-Florida will present to Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Dean Cannon, and Senate President Mike Haridopolos later this year.

CEA-Florida has asked the participants in the discussions, as well as dozens of other Florida-based and national organizations for comments and recommendations as it develops this critically important assessment of Florida’s energy future.