For Immediate Release


Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
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 
energy infrastructure.

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