Miami plans major push to save energy

Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and the chief executives of four major national companies announced a sweeping move Monday to make Miami-Dade County the national leader in the green movement.

Within two years, every home in the county will have a ''smart meter'' to allow customers to monitor their energy usage and help them figure out ways to cut their electric bills. Combined with putting solar panels at major county educational institutions, 300 new plug-in utility vehicles and other measures, the initiative announced Monday at a conference in downtown Miami will be the ''largest, most integrated project of its kind'' in the nation, said Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric.

''Miami is at the front line of global climate change,'' said Diaz, because much of the city could be under two feet of water by the end of the century if warming trends continue.

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