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04/27/2011

Progress Energy supports education projects in Florida

 

Progress Energy Foundation invests more than half a million dollars

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 27, 2011) – The Progress Energy Foundation will invest more than $500,000 in Florida this year to support public school education projects focused on energy education and workforce development. The total is $57,000 more than last year’s contribution to aid education in the state.

“Every dollar we contribute to education is an investment in the future of Florida,” said Vincent Dolan, president and CEO of Progress Energy Florida. “A strong education system can help lure jobs to our state and helps ensure we have a future workforce prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”

Progress Energy’s education grants help engage and excite children about energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency and prepare students to enter the workforce. The following organizations and programs in Florida have been awarded grants in 2011:
 
K-12 schools – The Progress Energy Foundation expanded its outreach to provided funding to 18 education foundations throughout its service territory to support energy education programs from kindergarten through 12th grade, with an emphasis on those that included energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental education. Education foundations from Alachua, Citrus, Franklin, Gulf, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties received funding. Additionally, grants were awarded to Junior Achievement of West Central Florida (Pinellas County) and the Levy County Public Schools Foundation to support workforce development programs for high school students.

Science Center of Pinellas CountyThe Science Center of Pinellas County received a grant to continue offering energy-related programming to Pinellas County school children. Through the grant, the science center will develop new curriculum and help thousands of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders apply physics, chemistry and math while learning about energy generation, energy efficiency and alternative energy at the center’s specially designed energy classroom.

Orlando Science CenterThe Orlando Science Center received a grant to provide energy education field trips to area 4th graders. Through the grant 2,500 students will have the opportunity to participate in a new, live interactive educational show called “High Voltage,” tour physical science exhibits exploring light and sound waves, electricity and magnetism and nature's forces, and simulate the challenge of providing electricity using traditional and alternative sources to a growing virtual community while keeping emissions minimal.

Supporting education is one part of Progress Energy’s investment in nonprofit partners in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. The company’s grants also focus on the environment, economic development and employee involvement. During 2010, Progress Energy invested $9 million in the communities it serves. The Progress Energy Foundation is funded each year by the company’s board of directors from shareholder funds.

Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles, including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. For more information about Progress Energy, visit www.progress-energy.com.

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