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Environment

With the overwhelming success of the 2011 ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program, Broward County again is encouraging residents to go green, save money on utility bills and reduce their environmental footprint by participating in the 2012 program.

Through the 2012 ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program the County has up to $165,000 available in rebates to eligible County residents and businesses, and expects to issue an additional 800 to 1,000 rebates.

Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures offers a variety of tours and programs at Crandon Park such as the Sunset & Moonlight Canoe Adventures, Bayside Canoe Adventures, Key Biscayne Bike Adventures, and Kayak Adventures!
 
The Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center is your gateway to the Bear Cut Preserve, a 264-acre natural barrier island habitat located on the northern tip of Key Biscayne. Guided tours and educational programs are offered year round for all ages - from low tide marine beach and wading tours, to bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and bicycling. Visit the center’s exhibit room and aquariums with different recreated underwater habitats. Bear Cut Preserve Nature Walks are available upon request and self-guided nature trails are available with trail brochures at the Nature Center.

Excelerate Energy has executed an agreement with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to undertake the development and permitting of a floating offshore LNG regasification facility off the southern coast of Puerto Rico.

The facility, named Aguirre GasPort®, will provide fuel to the Central Aguirre Power Plant and is a step forward in the island's strategy to convert power generation from high-cost, high-emissions imported oil to cost-effective, cleaner-burning natural gas. The Central Aguirre Power plant has already converted 600 MW of its available 1500 MW to utilize natural gas and has plans to convert the remaining 900 MW prior to completion of Excelerate Energy's Aguirre GasPort.

Funds will be used to encourage residents and businesses to install energy-saving roof top solar systems. Broward County has received a $646,367 grant to help reduce the cost and wait time associated with the installation of photovoltaic (PV), or rooftop solar systems, by residents and businesses.

The Rooftop Solar Challenge grant is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) $12 million SunShot Initiative, the goal of which is to jumpstart the expansion of solar energy by streamlining the application, permitting and installation processes for PV systems.

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