The Florida Natural Gas Association (FNGA) is pleased to present this Public Policy Advocacy Guide as a handy reference for you, our colleagues and partners, to utilize in understanding the role of advocacy and its impact on the legislative and regulatory processes in Florida.
As we move ahead, we must be certain that the perception of our association, and all of us who represent it, is that we are the subject-matter experts for natural gas industry issues. We must understand the value that our industry brings to the communities in which we live, the customers that we serve and to the general public that relies on the safe delivery of natural gas. In addition, we need to be fully prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-growing energy consuming state through public policy advocacy.
Advocacy is a key tool in the increasingly diverse and divisive energy policy debates that occur at the legislature and regulatory agencies; the outcome of which creates winners and losers. Advocacy, along with support from our customers, the general public and other allies, helps to assure that policymakers will adopt, implement, and maintain important environmental, business regulatory, and energy policies.
As the pre-eminent association of Florida’s natural gas industry, the FNGA must sustain a visible and vocal presence at all levels of government to ensure that our industry’s interests are protected. Legislative and regulatory issues vary widely among our membership, please be aware that some issues may impact you more than others.
The FNGA remains committed to natural gas advocacy and the development of resources to assist your efforts. This guide is one component of a larger initiative to expand and enhance our role in advocacy, provide our membership and coalitions with the resources needed to be effective advocates, and strengthen our collective efforts to benefit Florida’s energy portfolio. We urge you to take advantage of the information provided to become more knowledgeable about advocacy and to utilize this guide in your advocacy efforts.