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Posted on April 7, 2009
On Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the Tallahassee City Commission heard a presentation from the head of EPER (the Green Department) entitled “Carbon Footprint Reduction Plan.”
Among the facts revealed are:
The dialogue between the City Commissioners that followed was started by Mayor Marks. The Mayor commented that “Tallahassee needs community input on which direction to head on these issues.”
Commissioner Katz followed with the idea of putting out a request for proposal (RFP) for a “solar panel farm” and Commissioner Gillum continued with a view that reducing our carbon footprint was the way to go given the number of alternative energy projects that are looking for support these day.
Commissioner Lightsey had a different view. She argued that these alternative power projects will increase our already high rates. She was concerned about how higher rates would impact consumers. Mayor Marks responded by saying “this is why we need community input.”
Mayor Marks also hinted that a structure was being set by the EPER department to facilitate a community dialogue on these issues.