Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed Florida
Senate Bill 888
last Monday. The bill lays out a four-year, $100-million plan designed to reduce the state's imported oil and promote local renewable energy sources like
. Bush signed the bill in Tampa at the opening of Florida's newest
production facility. The bill also creates Energy Efficient Week (October 5-11, 2006) when sales tax will not be collected on sales of new energy-efficient appliances and other energy-efficient products that cost $1,500 or less. Another new entity, the Florida Energy Commission, will be created because of the bill. The commission is a nine-member panel that will advise the Florida Legislature on "state energy policy based on the guiding principles of reliability, efficiency, affordability and diversity." Bush also supports new
plants in Florida.
[Source: State of Florida via Renewable Energy Access]