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04/17/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Chairman and Clearwater Councilmember Teach Children How to Conserve Energy for Earth Day


TALLAHASSEE — CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG — Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Matthew M. Carter II and City of Clearwater Councilmember Carlen A. Petersen today shared energy-saving tips and ways students can help their parents save money on utility bills in an Earth Day celebration at Plumb Elementary School.

Chairman Carter also introduced the PSC’s original play, Turn It On; Turn It Off, performed by St. Petersburg’s Southside Fundamental Middle School students in conjunction with St. Petersburg’s American Stage Theatre Company.

“Conservation is an important message for students of all ages,” said Chairman Carter. “For example, a simple practice, such as turning out the lights when you leave a room, can cut your energy usage and save extra dollars each month.”

“Students learn best from interactive activities, and the play, performed by their peers, shows students how to avoid being ‘energy hogs’ and offers a few conservation tips to carry home,” the Chairman added.

“Today’s youth will make important decisions regarding tomorrow’s energy needs,” said Councilmember Petersen. “Learning ways to conserve energy from each other, through this play, helps students realize that they can make a difference for their future.”

"Progress Energy is happy to work with the PSC's efforts to encourage energy-efficiency education," said John Masiello, Director of Demand Side Management and Alternative Energy with Progress Energy Florida. "To reinforce what they've learned from this performance, these students will receive a Home Energy Check for Kids activity to take home and help their families learn how to start saving energy and money."

Earth Day will be celebrated nationwide on Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit http://www.floridapsc.com/.



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