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4, 5, & 6, 2019




2019 Agenda Florida Focus on Energy and Climate Change

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida

Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Noon to 5:00pm - Welcome to the 2019 Florida Energy and Climate Summit!

  • Registration desk open

1:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Tour 1 – TBD
  • Tour 2 – TBD
  • Ride and Drives

Thursday, September 5, 2019

7:00 – 8:00am Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:00am – Welcome and Opening Comments

8:10am – Introduction

8:15am – 8:45am Commissioner Nikki Fried

9:00am – 10:00am ENERGY AND WATER NEXUS
Water resources and energy production rely on each other, and one cannot exist without the other. Without proper planning Florida's current fresh water supply will not meet the growing needs of Floridians in the future. Learn about the work being done at both the state and local levels to protect our water sources and lower the energy impacts on the environment.

10:00am – 10:10am - Networking Break (10 minutes)

10:10am – 11:15pm TRANSPORTATION
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation activities account for e one third of all carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, making it the largest contributor of U.S. GHG emissions.  Learn how this is affecting our roadways on a regional level and how local governments are embracing new technologies in order to reduce GHG emissions and reduce fuel costs.

Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDDD) plays a pivotal role in economic development while addressing the future challenges of the State of Florida. RDDD solves problems and leads to innovation, new jobs, and more advanced clean energy technologies. This session will highlight the research and development efforts happening in Florida.

12:15pm – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm AGRICULTURE
Agriculture was at the begining of Florida’s history and continues to be a lifeblood for thr state. Today the agriculture industry is a $120 billion industry and is the second largest income producing industry in the state. Learn how climate change’s negative impacts are already being felt by Florida’s agriculture producers affecting both crops and livestock.

Agriculture producers are learning to use less water, protect against erosion and conserve soil, avoid nutrient loss, increase wildlife habitat and improve biodiversity while using less cropland.  This session will focus on how Florida agriculture producers are using innovative practices and technology to develop crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables, and fuel. 

3:30pm – 3:45pm – Networking Break (15 minutes)

3:45pm – 5:00pm ENERGY EQUITY
As the energy sector moves towards a cleaner energy future, it may be easy for low income residents who already struggle with high energy costs to get left behind. This panel explores the effects of an energy burden on utility customers and their community and how to ensure an economic balance.

5:00pm – Day One Closing

5:30pm – 6:30pm - Networking Reception(Dinner on your own)

Friday, September 6, 2019

7:00am – 8:00am – Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:00am – 8:15 –Welcome and Opening Comments & Introduction


9:00am – 10:00am RESILIENCY
The climate of Florida is changing. While the extent and causes of these changes are subject to intense debate, doing nothing to address rising sea levels and protecting utility infrastructure against more intense storms is not an option. Learn what local governments are doing to address these challenges and lessen the environmental impacts. 

10:00am-10:15am – Networking Break (15 minutes)

10:15am – 11:15am ELECTRIC INDUSTRY
Florida’s utilities are continuously modernizing their infrastructure to accommodate future changes to the electric industry including increasing renewable energy technologies, incorporating storage devices into their network, and planning for electric vehicles and microgrids. Learn where new investments are occurring and what will be needed to lead Florida into the future.

11:15am – 12:15pm WORKFORCE & EDUCATION
Transformational change is happening in the energy sector and consumers and the workforce need to be prepared for this transition. Science, technology, engineering, and math occupations lead to innovation while vocational occupations implement those new ideas. This session will discuss effective, energy education initiatives including K-12 students, workforce development, vocational training, and consumer awareness.

12:15pm – Closing Remarks

12:30pm - Summit Concludes

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