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FPL, Progress Energy need to increase electricity output -- Ene...

There are 4 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 1, 2008, titled FPL, Progress Energy need to increase electricity output -- Ene.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Florida Power & Light will need to increase electricity production by 25 percent over the next decade to meet rising demand, the company said Tuesday.

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Since: Mar 08

Orlando, FL

#1 Apr 1, 2008
There's no reason why this state should not be a POWERHOUSE! We've got lots of great locations for wind power, solar, and even the newest in wave generated power. All we're lacking is LEADERSHIP which will put Florida on the map as a power production state! We should be EXPORTING tons of energy across the Southeast.

That being said, the 'type' of power we need is both 'base load' power and quick-start-ramp-up power (often found with combustion turbines).

With our abundance of land, sunlight, and water, we should be LEADING THE WAY in creative solutions like biodiesel for generators, and SVO for consumer use through crops like switchgrass and Jatopa plants.

This article, just posted today on CNN shows the REAL potential for leaders with a vision.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/04/01/al...

Consumers would READILY accept higher electric rates, if it meant that we were building our own solution and security!

Just the points I've already mentioned could become Florida's next HUGE industry.

Problem is.....we need leadership!

Most consumers are in favor of these changes. I personally have already invested over $10,000 of my own money in alternative fuel sources for my own use. People don't mind investing the money. They just want to be sure that the ROI will be there.
Chief

Kissimmee, FL

#2 Apr 1, 2008
I agree we need both base load and peaker power plants. For base load nuclear power plants are by far the cheapest, safest and cleanest power. You would have to cover huge areas with solar panels and wind generators and the power would be very expensive. Wave generators seem to have much better potential. If nuclear power plants are not built be prepared for electric bills to go up drastically (2 or 3 times the current). I have 30 years experience in the power industry both with nuclear and fossil fuels. If we don't start building plants now we will be in a worse situation than Califoria. Florida has very limited ties with the power grid outside the state and we must provide adequate power. When power is short price rises rapidly until the load drops.
Liberals Hate Facts wrote:
There's no reason why this state should not be a POWERHOUSE! We've got lots of great locations for wind power, solar, and even the newest in wave generated power. All we're lacking is LEADERSHIP which will put Florida on the map as a power production state! We should be EXPORTING tons of energy across the Southeast.
That being said, the 'type' of power we need is both 'base load' power and quick-start-ramp-up power (often found with combustion turbines).
With our abundance of land, sunlight, and water, we should be LEADING THE WAY in creative solutions like biodiesel for generators, and SVO for consumer use through crops like switchgrass and Jatopa plants.
This article, just posted today on CNN shows the REAL potential for leaders with a vision.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/04/01/al...
Consumers would READILY accept higher electric rates, if it meant that we were building our own solution and security!
Just the points I've already mentioned could become Florida's next HUGE industry.
Problem is.....we need leadership!
Most consumers are in favor of these changes. I personally have already invested over $10,000 of my own money in alternative fuel sources for my own use. People don't mind investing the money. They just want to be sure that the ROI will be there.
blah blah blah

United States

#3 Apr 2, 2008
how 'bout they find a way to secure their lines so we're not without power for another six days come hurricane time! funny (not really) how we sat here for six days and when we were finally able to reach a real, live person via phone at progress, they had NO clue that our power grid was even down. someone should pull their head out of their rump and pay attention.

Since: Mar 08

Orlando, FL

#4 Apr 2, 2008
blah blah blah wrote:
how 'bout they find a way to secure their lines so we're not without power for another six days come hurricane time! funny (not really) how we sat here for six days and when we were finally able to reach a real, live person via phone at progress, they had NO clue that our power grid was even down. someone should pull their head out of their rump and pay attention.
Sure. No problem. It costs $1.25 MILLION per mile to "underground" power lines. So...we'll come dig up your neighborhood and all the lines leading to it from the power plant...and underground all of them....and then just make YOU pay for it.....

Stupid post!

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