Coal the Fuel of Florida's Future?


A summit on energy security in Florida was held today at the University of South Florida. The goal is to diversify sources of power used in the state. But you may be surprised at what fuel is being eyed.

What's the fuel source for generating most of Florida's electricity? If you said oil or coal, you'd be wrong. It's natural gas. But almost all of that supply is piped under the Gulf of Mexico, making it vulnerable to hurricanes.

Next question: What fuel will power us in the future? If you said natural gas, you'd be incorrect. It's coal. The fuel of America's industrial past is poised to become our fuel of the future. So says Chuck Black, president of Tampa Electric.

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