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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Approximately $23 Million Available for Citrus Greening Research

At an Orlando grocery store filled with Florida citrus, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $23 million in USDA funding to support research and extension projects for producers fighting citrus greening disease. Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening, threatens the future viability of the citrus industry in the United States, having infected more than 75 percent of the Florida citrus crop. This funding is available through the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), part of the 2014 Farm Bill.


Energy Dept: New wind energy technology unlocks wind development opportunity in all 50 states

New report shows ability to access untapped, stronger wind resources across AmericaNew report shows ability to access untapped, stronger wind resources across America

New wind resource maps are showing the ability for advanced wind turbines to reach stronger winds higher above the ground, unlocking a previously untapped wind resource area that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says could eventually bring wind energy development to every state in America.

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz discussed the new report “Enabling Wind Power Nationwide this morning,which explains how new wind turbine designs are putting one of our largest domestic energy resources to use – the strong, consistent winds that can be found high above the ground in nearly all parts of the United States.


Energy Department Releases Report, Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States

Larger turbines will open up an additional one-fifth of the land area of the United States

In support of the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide, a report showing how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. Announced today at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference in Orlando, Enabling Wind Power Nationwide builds upon the recently released Wind Vision report, which quantifies the economic, social, and environmental benefits of a robust wind energy future.


First annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day a success


Florida’s first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (first Saturday after Mother’s Day) was a success, from statewide lionfish removal efforts to unveiling the new “Reef Rangers” lionfish removal program to educating the public about lionfish.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) celebrated the day by hosting a festival in Pensacola, supporting and promoting other lionfish removal events across the state, and asking divers and anglers to remove lionfish wherever they could. Lionfish are a nonnative, invasive species that have a potential negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat.


New AWEA Board Chair: Time for presidential candidates to back American wind power for its economic benefits

American wind power at “transformational point in time,” as industry girds to quadruple and meet Wind Vision 

Coming off a year in which the industry added 23,000 jobs and put $23 billion of private investment behind 100 wind projects, new AWEA Board Chair Mike Garland declared it’s time for the industry to start flexing its muscle.


Duke Energy, University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveil solar battery project

Duke Energy, University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveil solar battery project- 100-kilowatt solar installation powers university's parking garage

- Excess solar energy stored in an industrial-size battery system

- Project enabled by $1 million grant from Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) today unveiled a new solar battery project that will explore how to store and use energy from the sun. A $1 milliongrant from Duke Energy is funding the research at USFSP.

As part of the grant, a 100-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system has already been installed on the top of the university's 5th Avenue South parking garage.


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