Florida alternative energy bill loses steam in the Senate

| 5/12/2005

A bill that would have placed Florida on the forefront of the alternative fuel industry met its demise in the state Senate on May 6.

The House version of the bill, HB1597, would have given tax breaks to companies who purchased hydrogen powered equipment, or showed the use of hydrogen technology, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The bill passed in the House, but both it and a similar Senate bill, SB2074 – which in addition eased the application process for companies building a hydrogen infrastructure, died in Senate committees.

The bills, which were sponsored by Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, and Sen. Lee Constantine, R-Altamonte Springs, were part of Gov. Jeb Bush’s proposal to move hydrogen fuel into the limelight in Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The proposed bills would have added $2.1 million in sales tax incentives and tax credits for adopters of the alternative energy source.