Republicans carry expansion of renewable energy across the finish line

Next stop for the bill: the Governor’s desk.

Where are the Democrats on renewable energy? It’s hard to tell these days.

On the House floor Wednesday, Democrats urged the chamber to vote down a bill that promotes renewable energy.

Rep. Cord Byrd presented SB 896, sponsored by Sen. Jason Brodeur. The measure, which passed the Senate on Monday 25-14, expands production of renewable energy, specifically natural gas and solar.

SB 896 adds to statute a definition for renewable natural gas. It’s defined as anaerobically generated biogas, landfill gas or wastewater treatment gas refined to a methane content of 90% or greater, which may be used for fuel or electrical generation.

The legislation also allows the Public Service Commission to approve cost recovery for the purchase of renewable natural gas.

With regard to solar production, the bill allows local governments to consider solar as a permitted use on ag lands as part of their planning process.

Rep. Yvonne Haves Hinson, a Gainesville Democrat, debated in opposition to the bill. Saying she was supportive of solar energy and that Florida should be the leader in solar production, Hinson demanded Florida pursue a “more responsible” way of expanding solar production.

“This is just another option to give farmers solar faming opportunities,” Rep. Bobby Payne said during debate.

In his closing, Byrd said that until technology is able to “capture and convert the energy in the room,” the House would be smart to adopt the bill.

SB 896 passed the House 86-29. Environmental activists everywhere are confused.

Next stop for the bill: the Governor’s desk.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


  • Brandon

    May 10, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for serving the people of Florida right!

  • William brown

    May 10, 2021 at 12:54 pm


    • Eva Brook Price

      May 10, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      You are one AMAZING MAN!! Keep standing up for Florida. I’d love to vote you in as “Speaker Of The House” let’s DO IT!

  • Trystan

    May 10, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you for all you are doing and fighting for our FREEDOM 🇺🇸♥️

  • Haleigh

    May 10, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Great job!!! So thankful for you!

  • Desmond Owers

    May 10, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    As a Californian, thank you very much for doing nothing that we are doing! You’re saving America one step at a time!!

  • Mason Schnell

    May 10, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you and God bless

  • Anika Thompson

    May 10, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you for being a great example for the United States. Much love from Oregon❤️🙌🏻

  • Kate O’Brien

    May 10, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you for leading your state and setting such an awesome example for the rest of our country. Praying for your safety from and vision as you continue to work for the people! I hope to see you in a national position soon-sending this from sunny SC. !

  • Tony

    May 10, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Dear beloved Governor DeSantis,
    Thank you for making FL nothing like Biden’s America! You are amazing and your work is extremely appreciated. I hope to vote for u for president in 2024!

  • Tyler Craig

    May 10, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you, you are exactly what these country needs and I hope to vote for you and Trump in 2024!

  • Diland

    May 10, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    LOVE YOU RON thank you 🇺🇸🇺🇸 Floridians first 💯

  • Ari Gonzalez

    May 10, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I wish I could express with words my gratitude for everything you have done and are doing for the people of FL. May God bless you and your family immensely. Thanks again Governor. I’m waiting for the citizenship interview date, and here you have one more vote to keep FL great under your leadership.

  • Maddie

    May 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    As an Illinoisan, thank you for standing up for what is right for America! I wish all governors were like you! God bless 🇺🇸

  • Grace

    May 10, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you!!! I don’t live in Florida but I still think what you are doing is great!

  • Kate

    May 10, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you for opening up our state and making the best out of this tough time!!

  • K. Mueller

    May 10, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Fabulous MAGA job Desantis!

  • H. Cortez

    May 10, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Desantis & Trump 2024 !!!!!!

  • Monica Morris

    May 10, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    My husband and I cannot thank Governor Ron DeSantis enough, he is an amazing strong person, almost fighting by himself to save not only Florida, but the country.
    Thank you a 1000 times Gov. Ron DeSantis.

  • Britt

    May 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Hey Governor Desantis, Thank you for fighting against the radical left to make your state so great. Also, I hope you can be Trump’sVP in 2024! Trump 2024!!

  • Laura Theus

    May 10, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    With Biden in the White House, I am so thankful you are handling issues in my state!!! We are so very fortunate we have a man like you in charge and I pray God keeps His hand on you daily! Thank you!

  • Simon Jaanson.

    May 10, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you 🙏 keep it up.

  • Cat

    May 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you! You are an example to the rest of the country. You give us all hope 🙏🏻

  • Laurice Galletta

    May 10, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Love DeSantis. Hope he’s still there when I finally move to Florida. And hope to God newbies don’t change it… don’t NJ, NY, California, great Florida !!!

  • Jasper Karp

    May 10, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you so much for standing up for what is right in this country.🇺🇸

    Jasper Karp.

  • Kelly

    May 10, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    If all 50 Governors were like DeSantis we wouldn’t be in the predicament we are in. Thank you for being the light and example of what a Governor does, protects citizens and upholds the constitution. You hear me Phil Murphy? Take notes and grow a spine.

  • Yeslin

    May 11, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for working for the people!

  • Ricardo

    May 11, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Wish I lived in Florida.

  • Cynthia

    May 11, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for everything you are doing to keep Florida a place I’m proud to say is the State in which I live.

  • Diane

    May 12, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Ron Desantis is the best Governor Florida has ever had! Thank you Governor Desantis for having the guts to stand up for what’s right!! #bigkahunas😁

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