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FSEC Cited by National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Energy Future Resolution
The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) was recently singled out as one of the
country's "pre-eminent organizations" conducting research today on ways to ensure
adequate domestic energy sources in the future.
The resolution, adopted by the board of directors of the National Association of
Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on February 16, included FSEC in a group
of leading national research organizations that deserve continued public and
private support to continue their important missions. NARUC directors agreed to
pursue their efforts to obtain further support for FSEC and the other
organizations "to improve our nation's energy supply and delivery infrastructure
to help secure the United States' domestic energy future." The NARUC board
additionally directed its executive director "to pursue a formal lobbying strategy
that will achieve these research and development objectives."
The board resolution also noted that research and development from these research
organizations is essential to maintaining the countrys secure and long-term
FSEC energy research and development efforts include both basic and applied
research and encompass a broad range of technologies, including high-performance
buildings, photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, distributed power systems,
hydrogen and alternative fuels, fuel cells, pollutant detoxification, energy
systems testing and certification, energy codes and standards research, and
education, training and certification for energy professionals. Jim Fenton,
director of the center, noted that "Over the past 25 years, these FSEC research
and development activities have created more than $2 billion in estimated consumer
energy savings, enhanced industry development and job creation and contributed
significantly to energy and environmental security."
Other organizations cited by NARUC include the Electric Power Research Institute,
Gas Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Iowa Energy
Center, Rutgers Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, North Carolina
Alternative Energy Corporation, University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies,
and the national energy laboratories.
FSEC is a research institute of the University of Central Florida and is the
statewide energy research institute for Florida. More information on the center
is available at www.fsec.ucf.edu.