Florida 's Energy : Addressing Climate Change

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Florida’s Energy Sector- Addressing Climate Change
Adopting Solar Energy Changes in Residential Homes to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Caleigh Hensley

Applied Economics & Environment Policy, Planning and Management

Primary: Residential, Industrial, Commercial
Secondary: Government, Academia

This proposed conference and session will address the necessary changes needed in Florida to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This panel will have experts to discuss the policy change and benefits towards moving into a renewable energy economy. This proposal will be implemented within the next five years.


Executive Summary
Conference Title: Florida’s Energy Sector- Addressing Climate Change
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Currently in Florida, the net electricity generation from natural gas, “which accounted for 62% of Florida 's net generation; coal accounted for 21%, the state’s nuclear power plants accounted for 12%, and other resources, including renewable energy, supplied the remainder,” (U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis, 2014).

Florida’s Energy use broken down into 4 sectors
Industrial: 11.7% (472.9 trillion Btu)
Commercial: 23.7% (956.9 trillion Btu)
Residential: 28.4% (1,146.1 trillion Btu)
Transportation: 36.1% (1,456.3 trillion Btu)
Conference Focus: Implement a new policy within five years to move into renewable energy, with a focus on solar power, while decreasing the use of fossil fuels. This policy will examine the barriers to implement new renewable energy technologies that will decrease the carbon dioxide emissions and identify ways to overcome these barriers through incentives, tax breaks, and attitudinal changes.

Session Proposal
Proposed Conference: Adopting Solar Energy Changes in Residential Homes to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Objectives for new policy:
Increase solar use by 30 percent in Florida
Implement tax breaks, incentives, and attitudinal changes for Floridian residents
Build new sustainable infrastructure

The use of solar power as a policy choice is based on the fact that it is an
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