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2021 Florida Energy and Climate Summit

Commissioner's Message

We have all been impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. How we recover from this public health crisis will also shape how we tackle the climate change crisis.

As a result of the pandemic, we saw a sharp decline in economic activity and emissions. Whether we simply recover or thrive depends on the decisions we make today. We can choose to pursue a net zero carbon future by investing in low-carbon technologies, reinforcing the positive behavior changes that were observed working from and staying home, and mitigating the impacts of our actions.

The 2021 Florida Energy and Climate Summit will examine what it takes to achieve a net zero carbon future including the required technology, economic, financial, and societal changes. It also requires all of us to work together. It’s imperative that all our Florida residents and visitors to our great state adopt behaviors that use energy more efficiently. We must lessen the environmental impacts of energy production and work collaboratively to find new ways to use our energy sources more wisely and more economically.

The conversation of energy and climate is not an us versus them discussion. Energy impacts every single one of us – every single day, all day long. We use energy to produce food, power our devices and homes, move around our communities, and drive our industries and economy. Meanwhile, climate change is posing an accelerating threat to our state, economy, and daily life.

I invite you to be a part of this very important conversation and join me, either in person or virtually, at the 2021 Florida Energy and Climate Summit. Together, we can keep Florida growing sustainably!


Nicole “Nikki” Fried
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture

Preliminary Agenda

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL

*Please note the agenda is subject to change.


Noon to 5:00pm – Welcome to the 2021 Florida Energy and Climate Summit!

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Tours


7:00am – 8:00am – Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:00am – 8:15am Welcome -
Kelley Smith Burk, Executive Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

8:15am – 8:45am Commissioner Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

9:00am – 10:00am - ENERGY EQUITY
Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges of Programs that Address Equity As the energy sector moves towards a cleaner energy future, it may be easy for low-income residents who already struggle with high energy costs to get left behind. This panel explores the effects of energy burdens on our communities, and how to ensure an economic balance.

10:00am – 10:10am - Networking Break (10 minutes)

10:10am – 11:15pm ENERGY AND AGRICULTURE
Florida’s agriculture industry is a $147 billion industry and is the second largest income producing industry in the state. Sprawling developments and the changing climate is forcing agriculture producers to use less water and cropland while still feeding Florida’s growing population. This session will focus on how Florida agriculture producers are using innovative practices and technologies to achieve a zero-carbon future.

11:15am – 12:15pm - TRANSPORTATION
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation activities account for one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, making it the largest contributor of U.S. GHG emissions. Learn how this is affecting our roadways on a regional level, and how local governments are embracing new technologies in order to reduce GHG emissions and reduce fuel costs.

12:15pm – 12:30pm – FIRESIDE CHAT

12:30pm - 1:30pm – LUNCH

Transformational change is happening in the energy sectors. The innovative technologies that are being used offer new and exciting career opportunities. However, these technologies are also disruptive to the traditional workforce, which leaves it vulnerable to being left behind. Learn how jobs in the state are changing, and what is being done to prepare Florida’s workforce to excel in a changing work environment.

2:30pm – 3:30pm - RESILIENCY
The climate of Florida is changing. While the extent and causes of these changes are subject to intense debate, doing nothing to address rising sea levels and protecting utility infrastructure against more intense storms is not an option. Additionally, recent events have shown the importance to protect against manmade attacks that threaten critical facilities. Learn what entities in our state are doing to address these challenges.

3:30pm – 3:45pm – Networking Break (15 minutes)

3:45pm – 5:00pm - TBD

5:00pm – Day One Closing


8:00am – 9:00am – Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

9:00am –9:05am – Opening Comments & Introduction –
Kelley Smith Burk, Executive Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

9:05am – 9:15am – FIRESIDE CHAT

9:15am – 10:15am - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Over the last decade, the clean energy sector has been defined by the enormous amount of innovation and investment in emerging technologies. Innovation in clean and renewable energy technologies continues accelerating at a rapid rate. As Florida moves towards a more sustainable energy future these emerging technologies will play a vital role. This session will showcase the deployment of technologies, such as floating solar, renewable biofuels, and green hydrogen, within the state and learn about their potential utilization.

Florida School districts and Universities have realized energy savings through energy efficient design, construction, and energy management plans. Learn best management practices to save money, improve efficiencies, and reduce consumption from our panel of experts as they discuss working with energy service companies, and energy efficient design of educational facilities.

11:15am – 12:15pm - TBD

12:15pm – Closing Remarks

12:30pm - Summit Concludes

Summit Registration



The 2021 Florida Energy and Climate Summit will be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center.

Make your hotel reservations here Florida Energy & Climate Summit.

Hotel reservations must be made by Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in order to receive the summit special rate.

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