Updated: FPL official authors section of Scott transition report that touts his own company
"FPL has identified sites for more than 500 additional MW of power,'' Forrest's report says. "...700 MW of renewables could expand Florida's economic activity and add 40,000 new jobs."
Sam Forrest, FPL's Vice President of Energy Marketing & Trading, was announced as a member of the Gov.-elect's Economic Development Transition Team on Nov. 29, 2010. (http://www.scotttransition.com/2010/11/governor-elect-rick-scott-assembles-two-teams-focused-on-fixing-florida%E2%80%99s-economy/).
Mr. Forrest presented the renewable energy component of the presentation, which includes more than just FPL's future solar projects, on behalf of several members of the Economic Development Transition Team, including officials from the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida who worked together to develop it.
While Mr. Forrest does work for the largest producer of renewable energy in the nation, his job does not involve renewable development.
"We hope that the proposal is read with a balanced, thoughtful perspective because this is an important issue for Florida. As FPL has shown with our three large-scale solar projects, the expansion of renewable energy such as solar and biomass could happen quickly in Florida at a low cost, create jobs right away, spur innovative R&D at our universities and attract manufacturing facilities, technology developers and other lasting businesses to support the state's economic and energy security for the long term."