WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Tampa, Florida to highlight how clean energy infrastructure is critical to lowering costs for Americans and reiterate the importance of getting novel technologies to the domestic marketplace to reduce our reliance on volatile energy sources.
Secretary Granholm toured the Hillsborough River Dam with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (FL-14) and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor where Mayor Castor announced plans to build two hydroelectric turbines on the river as part of the city’s clean energy deployment. Secretary Granholm underscored the untapped potential for dams as renewable energy sources waiting to be used.
Secretary Granholm concluded her first visit to the Sunshine State with a visit to the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) for a roundtable conversation with Representative Castor alongside local transportation and clean energy leaders. The conversation focused on how CUTR, alongside other public and private organizations, are working with emerging clean technologies to electrify the transportation sector and lower carbon emissions across the area.
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Tour and Press Conference at Hillsborough River Dam
Tampa Bay Times: Energy secretary visits Tampa to tout clean power initiatives
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told reporters Thursday that the country would arrive at a clean energy future one electric car, solar panel and hydroelectric project at a time. Part of Granholm’s message had a local component. Tampa, as part of its long-range construction plan, hopes to build two hydroelectric turbines on the river at a cost of about $2 million.
Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited Tampa on Thursday to take a tour of the city’s next big green energy project: A hydroelectric dam.
“The fact that here in Tampa this Hillsborough dam is going to be generating electricity is another piece of the puzzle that will get us to the goal by reaching 100% clean electricity by 2035,” said Granholm.
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited Tampa on Thursday morning to discuss plans for Tampa's renewable energy future. Granholm showed support for the project and highlighted the ability of clean energy infrastructure to lower costs for Americans.
“Clean power, renewable power — which hydroelectric power is — is the cheapest form of power,” the Secretary said. “And we want to reduce costs for everyday citizens, particularly at this moment when the price of fuel…is so high.”
Visit to Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida
Tampa's business community has a role to play in the nationwide transition to clean energy, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said Thursday. She visited the University of South Florida for an hour-long symposium with government, academic and business leaders to discuss, among other things, how electric vehicle infrastructure can be rolled out equitably and profitably.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm was joined by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for a meeting with leaders of the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) to learn more about efforts of the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition, which is housed at USF.
“An amazing amount of coalitions are being built here at USF to ensure that we have clean cities and that we’re thinking about how transportation intersects with those cities – infrastructure, training, making sure people are comfortable with electric vehicles, making sure the research is done to ensure the right placement for example, of charging stations – all of that intellectual work and the students who are working on that, it’s a very exciting time to be here at this university in a state that has so much potential,” Granholm said.
Representative Castor: Welcome to the Sunshine State ☀️ @SecGranholm! @JaneCastor and I are happy to have you in #Tampa to tour the Hillsborough River Reservoir Dam which has the potential to boost clean, efficient energy and lower costs for residents.
Mayor Castor: Thank you @SecGranholm for visiting the @CityofTampa & our Hillsborough River Dam today! 🌊 At this site, we proudly plan to install two turbines to help expand our city's capacity to generate clean energy and reduce costs. #TransformingTampa
FOX 13 Tampa Bay: Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited Tampa on Thursday to take a tour of the city’s next big green energy project: A hydroelectric dam.