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Audubon Florida Climate and Energy News Roundup
Today we share news about renewable energy sources by state, an Indigenous community leading a renewable transition, the largest mangrove restoration in Florida, and more.
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WeatherPower: 2022 in Review
From Climate Central

“To study America’s growing renewable electricity generation and capacity (the maximum potential generation of electricity from installed wind and solar utilities), Climate Central analyzed WeatherPower™ data from the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., from 2022, and compared the findings to data from 2021. The WeatherPower Year in Review: 2022 report shows: which states were the biggest producers of solar and wind electricity; where solar and wind capacity increased in 2022 (and by how much); what this all means for our progress toward renewable energy goals.”
Indigenous Groups Lead the Renewable Transition in Northern Canada
From Yahoo News

“A solution to climate change is emerging in one of the regions most affected by it. In Nunavut — the northernmost territory of Canada — a coalition of Indigenous communities is transitioning the region away from diesel and toward renewable energy. In 2018, Nukik Corporation, which was formed by individuals in the Indigenous Inuit population, started planning the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link, a set of electricity and fiber-optic transmission cables... Once completed, the project would be one of the largest renewable energy transmission lines geographically — running 745 miles in length — and the first infrastructure project of this kind that’s organized by an Indigenous corporation.”
FWC and Partners Complete Largest Mangrove Restoration Project in Florida History
From the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Marco Island completed a project to restore over 200 acres of mangrove forest in Collier County. The project on Fruit Farm Creek in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve took two years to complete and is considered the largest mangrove restoration of its kind in Florida history… Funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for fish habitat restoration in areas affected by Hurricane Irma allowed FWC and partners to complete this project.”
More Than $1.6M in Grants Awarded SWFL Communities as Part of DEP Resilience Effort

“Eight communities in Southwest Florida are part of $28 million in planning grants designed to develop or update comprehensive vulnerability assessments beginning this year. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced the state-wide grants Monday. The 128 planning grants will result in 222 total local government vulnerability assessments. At the conclusion of these assessments, all 67 counties in Florida will have completed a vulnerability assessment and be eligible for inclusion in future iterations of the Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan, which proposes funding for the highest ranked resilience and adaptation projects across the state.”
Study by FSU Researchers Finds Resilience to Natural Disasters Lags in Black Communities
From Florida State University

 “Years after Hurricane Michael devastated Florida’s Gulf Coast, residents of that area are still struggling to overcome the trauma of the Category 5 storm. In a recent study, FSU researchers found that trauma and a host of psychosocial and physical challenges caused by Hurricane Michael are disproportionately affecting the region’s Black communities… Among the biggest issues for resiliency — and one that creates many others — is homelessness. Michael is estimated to have displaced 20,000 people in hard-hit Bay County, where the study was conducted.”
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