LAKE BUENA VISTA ? Today, the DEP Central District welcomed guests to its
14th Annual Power Generation Conference held at Disney?s Coronado Springs Resort
& Conference Center in Lake Buena Vista. The conference brings state and federal
government, academia, the power industry and other energy entities together to
discuss and present information about global climate change, rule updates, power
and energy issues, and new energy technologies. The one-day conference is
co-sponsored by Florida Power & Light, Orlando Utilities Commission, Tampa
Electric Company, Trinity Consultants and Golder Associates, Inc., with much
support from the Central District Air Resource Management staff.
?The Power Generation Conference continues to be a much-anticipated event
here in the Central District,? said Vivian Garfein, Central District Director.
?With topics ranging from the effects of climate change to sequestration from
air landfill emissions, the conference successfully reaches a broad audience,
including those in industry, academia, and government.?
In 1996, about two dozen people, including governmental regulators and
representatives from Florida?s electric utilities, gathered to discuss topics of
mutual interest and look for cooperative solutions to potential problems. These
small gatherings eventually grew in size and scope, and the conference
consistently draws well over 100 attendees.
Tim Jackson, PE, AICP, the Climate Change Commissioner with the Florida
Energy and Climate Commission, is this year?s keynote speaker. Speakers from the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DEP, electric utilities, and co-sponsors,
among others, will be discussing climate change, ocean current and other clean
energy, and CO2 offsets. Other topics include mercury updates, biomass and
renewable energy processes, and regulatory updates from DEP and the EPA.
The mission of DEP?s Division of Air Resource Management is to protect,
conserve and restore the air resources of the state with the primary goal of
protecting human health. That mission is accomplished by implementing the
federal Clean Air Act and appropriate Florida Statutes, monitoring the state?s
air quality, administering Florida?s air pollution control programs to provide
more protection with less process, promoting pollution prevention, and
coordinating our work with the efforts of other local, state, and federal air
Presentations from this year?s Power Generation Conferences will be posted at
the following website:
http://www.floridadep.org/air/publication/powergen.htm, in addition to
presentations from the 2008 and 2009 conferences. For more information about
DEP?s Division of Air Resource Management, please visit