FLORIDA

Florida’s population has tripled since 1970 and is predicted to close in on 22 million people in 2020, making it the third most populated state in the US.

It is also one of the states most vulnerable to climate change. Already in 2016, the EPA published a report pointing out that the Florida peninsula had warmed more than one degree (F) during the last century, the sea was rising about one inch every decade (accelerating perhaps to 1-4 feet in the next century), and heavy rainstorms were becoming more severe. It predicted that rising temperatures were likely to increase storm damages, harm coral reefs, increase the frequency of unpleasantly hot days, and reduce the risk of freezing to Florida’s agriculture. And it observed, that along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida, the land surface was also sinking, a result of sea level rise and increased precipitation, submerging wetlands and dry land, erodes beaches, and exacerbates both coastal and inland flooding.

Florida has large biomass and solar resources, and insignificant oil and natural gas reserves, but its energy grid is primarily powered by imported fossil fuels through interstate pipelines. It consumes the fourth-most energy in the country, but due to its large population, its per-capita energy consumption ranks amongst the lowest five states. After Texas, Florida is the second-largest electricity producing state, with 70% of production powered by natural gas, 12% from coal and nuclear each, and renewables accounting for another 3% as of 2018. Florida has not implemented a renewable energy standard, unlike 34 other U.S. states and territories, and is currently using a combination of state and local incentives, tax credits, and loan programs for certain renewable energy technologies. Net metering and interconnection rules are in place for investor-owned utilities and customer-cited generation facilities that qualify.

Florida energy policy has typically favored utility companies, which have fought to prevent the direct sale of electricity from solar companies to their customers, as is permitted in 29 other states and territories. A lawsuit launched by young people in the state is calling for stronger action to decarbonize the energy system to preserve the rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness of newer generations.

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Florida State Energy & Climate Action Plan

During the past 14 months, the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change (Action Team) worked diligently to develop the Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan).  In keeping with the guidance provided…

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

The Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) is the Compact’s guiding tool for coordinated climate action in Southeast Florida to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilience. The RCAP provides a set of recommendations, guidelines…

Miami-Dade County Regional Climate Action Plan

Florida is considered one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change, with Southeast Florida especially susceptible to impacts such as rising sea levels. Miami-Dade County has been on the forefront of these issues for…

KEY RESOURCES

Florida Solar

Florida’s solar policies have lagged behind other states: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states.

Clean Energy Florida

Clean Energy Florida works to catalyze clean energy growth, adoption, and investment across the state of Florida. The state is well positioned to become a leading and innovative clean and renewable energy hub, and businesses…

mySolarCost

mySolarCost is a free service that allows you to quickly and easily compare prices, features, and products from top solar providers and brands. Whether you are trying to save on your electric bill or increase…

NEWS

Will Miami Be Around in 2067?

By Jack E. Davis   Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images  6/9/20   
The prospects for Miami are grim, a scientist tells Mario Alejandro Ariza in his new book: “The water’s rise will be merciless and — geologically speaking — swift.” Ariza wishes there were a more favorable…