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ICLEI Advisory Group member named to the Florida Energy Commission

Harvey Ruvin, distinguished member of ICLEI's Advisory Group, has been named to the Florida Energy Commission. After serving 20 years on the Miami-Dade County Commission, chairing its Environment and Energy Committees, Mr. Ruvin now serves as Miami-Dade County’s Clerk of Courts, where he has implemented technologies that both saves money and are good for the environment.   Mr. Ruvin helped found ICLEI in 1990, and now chairs the County’s efforts on Climate Change.   "I am honored by this opportunity to serve.  The Florida Energy Commission can be a key player in shaping a climate and energy policy that would put Florida in the forefront as our state, nation and world face up to these critical challenges," said Mr. Ruvin on his appointment.     Ruvin’s appointment adds documented, award-winning experience to developing and implementing policy to improve citizens’ quality of life. He has proven expertise in law, natural resource conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, economics, engineering, finance, and consumer protection – all critical elements of the FEC’s mission.   The Florida Energy Commission is a nine-member panel jointly appointed by Florida’s Senate President and House Speaker. It is charged with recommending to the Florida Legislature the best ways to secure Florida’s energy future using the guiding principles of reliability, efficiency, affordability and diversity.   The Commission’s immediate focus is on renewable energy sources, climate change, conservation, efficiency and power generation and transmission to address Florida’s long-term energy needs and goals. But the long-term goal is to take a look at all aspects of the many energy options available to Floridians.   By Dec. 31, the FEC will develop a report that will document its progress, and make the first of a series of annual recommendations designed to help guide the Florida Legislature in choosing best practices and options for Florida’s energy future.   For more information, please visit the website for the Florida Energy Commission at www.floridaenergycommission.gov.