Crist – Coal power “not looking good” for Florida
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07/03/07 Seán Kinane
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Today Governor Charlie Crist praised a decision to stop work on building a coal-fire power plant in Taylor County. Five north and central Florida power agencies were sharing the cost of the two Billion-dollar project. Crist said the future of coal, as fuel for generating electricity in Florida is quote-- "not looking good"

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Susan Glickman is a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. She said the decision by the Taylor Energy Center to stop the coal project was because they saw that new coal power plants might be a tough sell to Floridians.

“The Governor let everyone know that Taylor Energy Center has suspended their permitting activities. They had plans to build a pulverized coal plant in Perry, Florida. And this follows a similar outcome recently when Florida Power and Light’s coal plant proposal was denied by the Florida Public Service Commission. And essentially seeing the writing on the wall, the Taylor Energy Center Partners have pulled that proposal.”

Glickman said that today’s announcement, coupled with next week’s Florida Climate Change Summit in Miami means that the state might be heading toward a clean energy future.

“Today really marks a new day for Florida as it embarks on getting on a clean energy path. And the Governor’s leadership is what has been instrumental in moving past these coal proposals. And it opens the door for Florida to take really bold steps. And the beginning of that is going to happen at the Governor’s Climate Summit which is coming up next week.”

Tampa Electric Company spokesperson Laura Duda doesn’t see today’s announcement by Governor Crist as the death of coal in Florida. She cited Crist’s recent support for integrated coal gasification combined cycle or IGCC technology.

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That was Laura Duda from Tampa Electric Company. To learn more about the Governor’s Florida Climate Change Summit visit My florida climate dot com

Learn More:

South Florida Sun Sentinel article on Florida Energy Summit

Florida Climate Change Summit

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