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.
Phyllis Lorelli and Tom Bryant
In 1992, Jerry and Phyllis Lorelli were living in Bradenton. Phyllis was having her parents to visit, and through a series of unexpected circumstances after her father's death, she was reconnected here in Florida with a childhood friend from Pennsylvania. The story picks up in the year 2000, with Phyllis telling friend Tom Bryant about the regular visits she and Jerry had with friend Judith Viner and Judith's husband Ed.