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Scott appoints former PSC director Mary Bane as energy advisor

Mary Bane 5 x 7 Gov. Rick Scott, who proclaimed during his campaign for governor that he didn't believe in the science of global warming and urged the state to open its coastal waters to oil drilling, has used his veto message to announce a new-found commitment to energy policy.

"As the country's third largest energy consumer, Florida needs a comprehensive energy policy,'' Scott wrote. "In signing Senate Bill 2156, I am committed to making the development of a strategic energy policy a priority of my administration. As such I am appointing Dr. Mary Bane as my special advisor on energy policy."

Bane retired as executive director of the Public Service Commission in December 2010 after a tumultuous final year in which her staff admitted to socializing with lobbyists, attending a Kentucky Derby party at the home of a Flower Power & Light lobbyist and staff members of commissioners were found texting messages to utilities officials. Bane applied and was nominated for a commissioner position on the PSC but was rejected by Gov. Charlie Crist who had criticized the for becoming too close to the utilities it regulates.

Scott's announcement came as part of a veto letter of SB 2106, which transfers the Florida Energy and Climate Commission to the Department of Agriculture, because he said it was redundant with another bill that eliminates the commission, SB 2156. Scott used the veto to announce that he will put a new focus on energy policy -- which is the goal of the legislatively-created energy commission. Scott proposed eliminating the energy commission in his proposed budget.

 

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Dr. Bane's retirement wasn't spontaneous. It was a 5-year plan that coincidentally ended during a controversial period at the Public Service Commission.

Also, please review your posts for typos:

"Gov. Charlie Crist who had criticized the for becoming too close to the utilities it regulates."


Robert Nelson

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Is Dr. Bane open to renewables or just playing a new role on a different stage? What is her position on the Utilities shutting down any meaningful policy on distributed power, PPA's etc?
If Florida is ever to catch up with the rest of the country, and some third world countries, policy will have to change starting with the PSC.

Scott McIntyre

It seems Gov Scott has no interest in a real energy policy or an RPS. It will astound me if Dr Bane comes up with a suggestion of an RPS or diversified energy source policy. I bet Gov Scott does what every other Gov has done except Gov Crist depend on fossil fuel and wait for nuclear. After all 33 other states in the nation are all wrong with RPS policies. Florida energy policy is run by FP&L why dont we just admit it.

Paul Sicca

If Florida places all energy dependence on Nuclear Power what it will have done is to enslave all the people of Florida to the Investment Owner Utilities. The tail will wag the dog for at least 100 years, as payback if it ever happens with Nuclear will take that long.

Florida should change the state motto to: The "FULL ECLIPSE STATE" as Our state leaders are doing a good job of hiding the value of the sun!

Dr Bane needs to meet with Germany's Chancellor, Merkel to learn how they created 370,000 jobs last year in the Solar/Wind/Bio industry and how we in Florida can grow our jobs in Florida without reinventing the wheel.

Thus far Florida has wasted 36 years research data from the Florida Solar Energy Center. How do you think these professional researchers feel when Their state Senator J.D. Alexander
says, "Solar Energy is Worthless" Yet the legislators pay no attention to their data.

Patrick E. Muth

Oh, I get it now! Let's put the fox in charge of guarding the chikencoop! I am just amazed at Rick Scott's angle towards renewable energy.
Florida, with more sunshine than any part of the U.S. except the desser Southwest, is lagging pityfully behind the other states. Even New Jersey has more incentives than Florida! Do the utility companies already own Scott?

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