Energy company CEO speaks at Design Summit

11/07/07 Seán Kinane
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James Rogers is chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, one of the largest energy producers in the United States. Rogers addressed the Sarasota International Design Summit hosted by the Ringling College of Art and Design this afternoon at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota.

He said the United States needs to create the most energy-efficient economy in the world in order to compete.

Some of the incentives Rogers spoke about involve paying polluters to reduce their power generation. In addition to leading in energy efficiency, Rogers said the country should move away from an almost complete reliance on fossil fuels.

Rogers described his vision of a world in 2030 that includes economic growth, a plentiful supply of electricity, plug-in hybrid cars and automobiles running on alternative fuels. He also emphasized a future involving more nuclear power plants that he claimed do not emit greenhouse gasses. Rogers did not address the amount of carbon dioxide emitted through the mining of nuclear fuel in his future scenario.

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, will also play a role in Rogers’ ideal world of 2030, and would be more reliable energy sources because of technological advances.

Because Duke Energy is one of the country’s largest producers of greenhouse gas pollution, Rogers said he feels responsible to reduce its impact.

Rogers said there are five ways to generate electricity: Coal, nuclear, natural gas, renewable energy and efficiency, and that there are four criteria to judge each of those sources.

Gov. Charlie Crist has been a leader when it comes to greenhouse gas policies, Rogers said, although he does oppose some of Crist’s policies.

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