Vice President Harris’ Florida Visit will Highlight Efforts to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Harris’ visit to Miami will highlight how the Biden-Harris’ clean energy plan combats climate change and invests in climate resilience programs. Additionally, the Biden-Harris administration’s affordable clean energy plan boldly invests in America’s clean energy economy. 

The Sunshine State is no exception to America’s growing clean energy economy. According to Climate Power’s latest Clean Energy Boom report, since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, over 1,400 clean energy jobs have been announced or furthered in Florida.   

Here are some facts related to Florida’s growing clean energy economy:   

  • Last month, General Electric announced its plans to invest $20 million in expanding nacelle production. Nacelles are a part of wind turbines.
  • Recently, Duke Energy Florida announced the start of construction on two solar projects. The solar sites in Bay and Madison counties are projected to create approximately 300 jobs during the construction phase.
  • Last month, Osceola County voted to begin negotiations for their $431 million clean energy technology park in Poinciana. The proposed tech park would create 1,200 jobs within three years and involves a U.S. headquarters for the company, a research and development facility, and seven factories.

“The Biden-Harris Administration’s monumental clean energy plan plays an essential role in climate change mitigation, while justly transitioning to a clean energy economy,” said Climate Power spokesperson Eden Alem. “Shifting to clean energy will not only save the state billions in extreme weather damage costs by siphoning our reliance on fossil fuels—it will create thousands of good-paying jobs for Floridians and strengthen the state’s economy.”

Florida is no stranger to the detrimental impacts of the climate crisis. Between 2010 and 2020, Florida experienced 22 extreme weather events, costing up to $100 billion in damages.