Planning More Nuclear Power
Approximately 20 percent of Florida's electricity is generated by nuclear power plants. Most of Florida's power generation come from burning coal or natural gas, but utility companies are starting to look at carbon-free alternatives like solar and nuclear power to meet future demand. Progress Energy Florida and Florida Power and Light both operate nuclear plants in the state, and both utilities have asked the Public Service Commission for permission to build more. This week on Florida Matters, we talk about the plans for new nuclear power, just how much future demand is projected, and the arguments against a so-called nuclear renaissance - including dealing with the toxic waste and the multi-billion dollar costs.
Danny Roderick explains how a nuclear power plant generates electricity.
Danny Roderick details the mix of fuels Progress Energy uses to generate power.
The panelists debate the costs of reprocessing and who would pay for those costs. Danny Roderick also explains the total water usage of the proposed nuclear plants in Levy County.
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