The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the JAX Chamber hosted the 2015 Florida Energy Summit October 14-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida.
As the nation’s third largest consumer of energy, Florida must work to secure a stable, reliable and diverse supply of energy.
The Florida Energy Summit is a forum for the brightest minds from academic institutions and private industries, as well as public officials on the local, state and federal levels, to discuss the future of energy in Florida.
This year the summit showcased how Northeast Florida is leveraging America’s evolving energy sector to grow an economy that will serve its residents today and allow future generations to thrive.
Some key areas of innovation in Northeast Florida are:
– Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): The world’s first LNG-powered container ship will arrive in Jacksonville this fall and three more are planned to arrive by 2017. Two separate liquefication facilities are being built to address marine fueling and mid-market exporting opportunities.
– Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): Four public CNG stations are either open or under construction - with significant investment from both private companies and the public sector. Starting to see an aggressive move toward fleet conversion because there is confidence the infrastructure will be in place to handle the move.
– Clean Fuels Initiative: The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization created a Clean Fuels initiative addressing the full mix of alternative fuels (electric, propane, bio-fuel, etc.), and developing strategies to significantly reduce the use of diesel fuel in the region. Through this effort they have submitted for Federal designation as a Clean City.
For more information on the 2015 Florida Energy Summit or to receive updates about future summits, please email Energy@FreshFromFlorida.com.