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[GreenYes] FLA State in '07 on energy issues


Certainly, FPL's parent company sought a much higher profile on this issue in 2007.

FPL Group Chief Executive Lew Hay III carved out a portion of the Fortune 250 company's annual shareholders meeting in May to talk about climate change and testified before Congress in June on placing a fee on carbon as the way to get industries to clean up. FPL Group also joined the U.S. Climate Action Partnership - a consortium of 10 businesses and four clean-energy groups - to push for a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.

And in September, Hay announced a $2.4 billion clean-energy program that included the building of a 300-megawatt solar plant in Florida.

"FPL at the beginning of the year was pushing one of the nation's largest pulverized coal plants, and at the end of the year is looking at solar technology," said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, based in Knoxville, Tenn.

All of this is in keeping with the nation's heightened attention to renewable sources of energy. But Florida continues to steadily draw people from other states, and the demand for energy will continue to increase

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