Sam Forrest, FPL's Vice President of Energy Marketing & Trading, was announced as a member of the Gov.-elect's Economic Development Transition Team on Nov. 29, 2010. (http://www.scotttransition.com/2010/11/governor-elect-rick-scott-assembles-two-teams-focused-on-fixing-florida%E2%80%99s-economy/).
Mr. Forrest presented the renewable energy component of the presentation, which includes more than just FPL's future solar projects, on behalf of several members of the Economic Development Transition Team, including officials from the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida who worked together to develop it.
- While Mr. Forrest does work for the largest producer of renewable energy in the nation, his job does not involve renewable development.
"We hope that the proposal is read with a balanced, thoughtful perspective because this is an important issue for Florida. As FPL has shown with our three large-scale solar projects, the expansion of renewable energy such as solar and biomass could happen quickly in Florida at a low cost, create jobs right away, spur innovative R&D at our universities and attract manufacturing facilities, technology developers and other lasting businesses to support the state's economic and energy security for the long term."
Finally, this exchange prompted a source within the company to tell us that "although Sam's formal job is not renewable energy, he was handpicked by (FPL CEO) Armando Olivera and (FPL Vice President) Eric Silagy for this Scott transition team role to keep the perceived distance between Eric Silagy, our company and Gov.-elect Scott while ensuring that our company's agenda, and only our company's agenda, made it to the final recommendations."