On July 13, 2007, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed three executive orders implementing a strategy to reduce the emission of GHGs in Florida.
Executive Order 07-126 (Leadership by Example) requires state agencies to reduce GHG emissions by 10 percent from current emission levels by 2012, 25 percent by 2017, and 40 percent by 2025. State agencies are required to establish a current GHG emission baseline by October 2007, and adopt LEED-NC standards for new buildings, and LEED-EB for existing buildings. State agencies must comply with GHG-efficient procurement policies, and must assess and improve the fuel efficiency of state vehicles through maintenance, purchases of high fuel efficiency vehicles, and the use of ethanol and biofuels to the greatest extent practicable.
Executive Order 07-127 (Immediate Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions within Florida) requires statewide reductions of GHGs to 2000 levels by 2017, to 1990 levels by 2025, and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Electric utilities must comply with a decreasing series of maximum allowable GHG emission standards that mirror the statewide reduction targets. Florida will also adopt the California motor vehicle emission standards upon approval of the pending waiver request before U.S. EPA. The Florida Building Commission will revise the state building code to require improvements in energy performance of new construction, including appliances and lighting standards. The Florida Public Service Commission is directed to require electric utilities to produce 20% of energy from renewable sources, to reduce the cost of connecting solar and other renewable energy sources to the grid, and to enable net metering.
Executive Order 07-128 (Action Team on Energy and Climate Change) establishes the Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change to develop a comprehensive plan by November 1, 2007, to execute Executive Order 07-127. This plan shall include elements related to energy policy, energy efficiency and conservation, cap-and-trade programs, diversification of electric production, motor vehicle GHG reduction efforts, renewable energy standards, early reduction credits, and others. By October 1, 2008, the Action Team will propose a plan relating to adaptation strategies, reduction of GHG from new growth, carbon capture and storage technologies, land use and management polices, investments in climate-friendly industries, and others