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10/14/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Commissioner Eduardo Balbis to Speak at Hispanics in Energy Conference


TALLAHASSEE — Florida Public Service Commissioner Eduardo E. Balbis will speak at the Hispanics in Energy: National Energy Policy Series in Washington D.C. on October 23.  Focusing on Hispanic Energy Literacy and Engagement, this conference marks the second national energy policy discussion affecting America’s Hispanic population.

“We often hear from utilities about how difficult it is to fill certain technical positions in their workforce,” said Commissioner Balbis.  “Through this forum and others, I hope to educate all Floridians, including Hispanics, about the many energy career opportunities available.”

Hispanics in Energy’s (HIE) mission is to expand “existing educational and professional programs and to create new ones to develop leadership in our youth, and full inclusion.”  Commissioner Balbis will moderate a conference panel on “Climate Policies: Our Energy Future and What it means for our Economy.”  Panelists will discuss changes in the energy landscape, what these changes mean for job opportunities and the economy, and how our efforts should be focused. 

“Florida already supports more than 266,000 Hispanic businesses, ranking third nationally, and this conference series and panel will help create more jobs and career opportunities in the state,” added Commissioner Balbis.

The first HIE National Energy Policy Summit was held in Sacramento, California in February.  Key energy stakeholders and decision-makers, and community, business, and government leaders met to begin discussing energy issues and policy affecting the nation’s 52 million Hispanics. 

Established in 2012, HIE is a community-driven, non-profit organization designed to facilitate Hispanic inclusion in America’s energy industry.  HIE provides a resource for the energy industry, utility companies, municipalities, officials with regulatory oversight, and communities on public policy, governance, employment, procurement, philanthropy, and customer service. 

For additional information on HIE, visit www.hispanicsinenergy.com.  For information on the Florida Public Service Commission, visit www.floridapsc.com.

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