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--DEP Deputy Secretary Bedwell addresses California Hydrogen Business Council--

 TORRANCE, CA Feb 25, 2005 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Allan Bedwell today addressed the California Hydrogen Business Council, lending advice from the Sunshine State’s experience in developing a hydrogen economy.

 Florida is continuing to take a leadership role in clean fuel technology,” said Deputy Secretary Bedwell. “Committing to the development of pollution-free energy technology benefits our natural resources, quality of life and economy.”

 Florida first gathered executives from the world’s leading energy technology companies last Spring to develop joint strategies to commercialize clean hydrogen technologies within the state.  The Florida Hydrogen Business Partnership is due to release its strategy in March, with an action plan for industry and government to rapidly accelerate the development and demonstration of the high-tech, clean energy.

 “Florida is spearheading a worldwide charge with Governor Bush’s proposed Hydrogen Energy Technologies Act,” said Deputy Secretary Bedwell. “More than $2 billion is invested in hydrogen technology each year.  Florida’s initiative in developing hydrogen technology will protect the environment and attract new investment, companies and jobs to the state.”

 One of the few states encouraging hydrogen energy development through partnerships rather than regulation, hydrogen technology companies have already received $3 million in state grants, $7.6 million in federal funding and are eligible for tax incentives under Florida’s “Qualified Target Industry” designation. At the groundbreaking of Florida’s first hydrogen fueling station last week, Governor Jeb Bush unveiled his Hydrogen Energy Technologies Act, calling for tax incentives and grants for investment in hydrogen energy technologies.

 The Florida Hydrogen Business Partnership is comprised of senior executives from 22 leading companies including: Air Products, Air Liquide America, Apollo Energy Systems, Ballard Power Systems, BP America, Chevron Texaco, Cummins Westport, Disney, DynEco, Ener1, Florida Power & Light, Fuel Cell Energy, Gulf Power, Hydrogenics, Plug Power, Praxair, Progress Energy Florida, Shell Hydrogen, Siemens Westinghouse Power, Stuart Energy Systems, Tampa Electric Company and Teledyne Energy Systems.


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