Sunday, March 22, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - March 22, 2009

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-As Florida shifts to solar, a fight looms
By Zac Anderson
Billions of dollars are at stake in a battle under way in Florida over who profits from the pending expansion of solar energy: Big energy companies or individuals and businesses with extra roof space. Solar power is poised to hit the big time in Florida with the expected passage next month of a new energy law requiring power companies to generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, including the sun, by 2020. The mandate should provide a huge boost to Florida's nascent renewable energy industry.

-Imagine . . . the terrible result of not attending to the needs of Florida's community colleges
By E. Ann McGee, Chuck Mojock and Sandy Shugart
Imagine two new state universities suddenly surfacing in Florida over the past year, without any state support. Inconceivable? That's essentially what has happened throughout Florida's community college system. Over the past 12 months, our state's 28 community colleges have found a way to serve nearly 100,000 new students at the same time our budgets have been reduced.,0,3310354.story


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