Florida Energy

Florida was second only to Texas in net electricity generation, and third in the nation in electricity consumption, behind Texas and California (2016). 

And the vast majority of Florida's electricity comes from from natural gas fired plants. 

Energy is crucial for Florida.  We need to know that the lights will come at night, that our air stays cool in the summer, and that our cars and trucks can go from point A to point B whenever we need.  We need to know the power will be there when we need it, and we really don't think about where it comes from as long as it is there.

The natural gas and oil industry supports 266,800 Florida jobs; contributes $11.9 billion to state wages; adds nearly $22.1 billion to state's economy.   You can safely say that natural gas and oil are fueling Florida.

Florida has very little petroleum or natural gas production.  The state enacted a drilling ban for state waters in 1990.  Petroleum comes into the state by tanker and barge, and natural gas mostly by pipeline. 

Florida obtains only a small portion of its energy from renewable resources, with most of that renewable being from biomass.  Renewables are an important part of our nation's energy profile, but the fact is they need to continue to be developed. 

Oil and Natural gas supply about 60 percent of this country's energy needs, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates oil and natural gas to continue to provide 60% of our energy through 2040.  We are going to need oil and natural gas for many more years as renewables and other sources are further developed.

So where will we get that oil and natural gas from?

Tapping Florida's homegrown resources would provide us with the opportunity to generate new jobs and new tax revenue for our state — as well as help lead the charge towards America's energy security.

Both the Atlantic and Gulf sides of Florida hold rich energy resources waves.  Billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas await exploration.  These are energy resources we need and resources we can access safely using modern technology.

However, to achieve these benefits, our federal and state government will need to create new policies and regulations that will allow development.