Consumers challenge utilities to produce more clean energy

12/02/08 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today: this week several important issues about electric utilities will be the subject of public meetings.

Later we’ll hear about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings in Levy County about the proposed new nuclear plants that Florida Progress wants to build there.

But first, the Tampa City Council this Thursday takes up the issue of renewing the Tampa Electric franchise agreement. The 25-year contract gives TECO the right to use public right of way to deliver and sell electricity. Some local residents want the for-profit utility to be more environmentally friendly. So they have called on City Council to require some environmental protection in the new franchise agreement.

Joining us now are CJ Reynolds with the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association; Susan Glickman, the USA Southern Region Director for the Climate Group; and Phil Compton, Regional Representative of the Sierra Club Florida Regional Office.

(From today’s Tampa Tribune):

”The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold two public meetings Thursday in Crystal River on Progress Energy's proposed nuclear plant, a $17 billion project in southern Levy County. The meetings will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Florida National Guard Armory, 8551 W. Venable St. During each session, the public can question regulators and express concerns about the project's environmental impact. The two-reactor project would generate up to 2,200 megawatts of electricity, enough power for nearly 1.4 million Florida homes. If approved, the nuclear facility would begin generating power in 2016.”

Joining us right now is Emily Casey who is a science teacher and who lives near the area in Levy County where these new nuclear plants might be built. She’s been critical of plans to build the nuclear plants.

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