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Last week the Herald Tribune published an article about the potential effect of President Obama’s newly imposed EPA rules on Florida’s economy. The newly established EPA rules are designed to curb and cut carbon emissions and roll back emissions to 2005 levels.
Many people, including lawmakers are concerned about any change in energy policy, especially any policy that increases regulation and therefore cost to the consumer. However, the tribune highlights more opportunities for Florida policy than disadvantages.
Florida still remains one of the few states that lack a statewide policy to curb emissions and increase renewable energy. However, much of the states energy generation, owned by large investor owned utilities, is powered by natural gas. The lesser of two evils when compared to coal.
The Tribune highlights;
“More positive change could be on the way. Duke Energy, Florida’s second-largest power company, announced plans this month to close two old, coal-fired plants and replace them with a natural-gas-fueled facility. Florida Power & Light, the state’s top energy producer, is moving forward with plans to add two nuclear reactors to its Turkey Point site; nuclear plants have their own set of problems, chiefly cost and safety, but carbon emissions are not among them.”
The Florida Solar Energy Industries Association supports the development of more solar energy within the Sunshine State. Perhaps the new policies along with the large investor owned utilities to advance their development plans will persuade lawmakers in an all or the above policy that includes solar energy now that generation costs are currently competitive with natural gas as we await the development of these new energy projects.
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