energy http://blog.wlrn.org en Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-ready-strike-popular-energy-rebate-program-books <p><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=52816" target="_blank">An energy bill that is nearing passage</a> in the Florida Legislature would strike an old solar rebate program from the books.</p><p>The program was more popular than expected, and when it ended in 2010, thousands of rebate holders hadn’t received all of the money they were due.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:01:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 31148 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books Who Was That Tea Party Lady At The Solar Energy Rally With Charlie Crist? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/who-was-tea-party-lady-solar-energy-rally-charlie-crist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was an odd moment at the Solar Uprising rally at the state capitol on Thursday, which Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> attended to be seen championing solar energy for our state.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:37:13 +0000 Rick Stone 30616 at http://blog.wlrn.org Who Was That Tea Party Lady At The Solar Energy Rally With Charlie Crist? Let It Shine: The Long History of Solar Energy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/let-it-shine-long-history-solar-energy <p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 27044 at http://blog.wlrn.org Let It Shine: The Long History of Solar Energy Nuclear Plant Starts Up On India's Tsunami-Vulnerable Coast http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nuclear-plant-starts-indias-tsunami-vulnerable-coast A controversial nuclear power plant situated on a stretch of India's southeastern coast that was hit hard by the 2004 Asian tsunami has begun supplying the grid with electricity, officials say.<p>The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, a joint project with Russia located at the country's southern extremity in Tamil Nadu state, was connected to the grid on Tuesday, <em>The Indian Express</em> reports.<p>The newspaper says the start of operations at the plant — built at an estimated cost of $2.4 billion — was timed to coincide with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day visit to Russia, wh Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:18:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 22513 at http://blog.wlrn.org Nuclear Plant Starts Up On India's Tsunami-Vulnerable Coast The 1973 Arab Oil Embargo: The Old Rules No Longer Apply http://blog.wlrn.org/post/1973-arab-oil-embargo-old-rules-no-longer-apply Forty years ago this week, the U.S. was hit by an oil shock that reverberates until this day.<p>Arab oil producers cut off exports to the U.S. to protest American military support for Israel in its 1973 war with Egypt and Syria. This brought soaring gas prices and long lines at filling stations, and it contributed to a major economic downturn in the U.S.<p>The embargo made the U.S. feel heavily dependent on Middle Eastern oil, which in turn led the U.S. to focus on instability in that region, which has since included multiple wars and other U.S. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:20:40 +0000 22229 at http://blog.wlrn.org The 1973 Arab Oil Embargo: The Old Rules No Longer Apply Are FPL Customers Paying $43M For Nuclear Projects That May Never Happen? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/are-fpl-customers-paying-43m-nuclear-projects-may-never-happen <p></p><p>Florida Power &amp; Light customers will pay nearly $43.5 million next year for nuclear-power projects, including $16.2 million for a plan to eventually build two new reactors in Miami-Dade County, state regulators decided Tuesday.</p><p>The project costs will have relatively little impact on customers&#39; monthly bills. A residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month will pay about 46 cents.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:11:00 +0000 Jim Saunders & News Service Of Florida 21468 at http://blog.wlrn.org Are FPL Customers Paying $43M For Nuclear Projects That May Never Happen? EPA Wants To Limit Greenhouse Gases From New Coal Power Plants http://blog.wlrn.org/post/epa-wants-limit-greenhouse-gases-new-coal-power-plants The Environmental Protection Agency's second stab at a proposal to set the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants would make it impossible for companies to build the kind of coal-fired plants that have been the country's biggest source of electricity for decades.<p>Under the proposal, released Friday, any new plant that runs on coal would be permitted to emit only about half as much carbon dioxide as an average coal plant puts into the air today.<p>EPA administrator Gina McCarthy tells NPR the steps the EPA is proposing in the rule to address climate change "can ac Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:31:42 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 20901 at http://blog.wlrn.org EPA Wants To Limit Greenhouse Gases From New Coal Power Plants The Sunshine Economy: Fueling Florida's Power http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-fueling-floridas-power <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The demand for electricity is growing in South Florida, but Florida Power and Light has been tearing down power plants.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The power plants like the one in the slideshow above have been generating electricity for more than 50 years in many cases. Often, they burned oil to make power.</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 19106 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Fueling Florida's Power The Sunshine Economy: Plugging Into The Math Of An Electric Car http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-plugging-math-electric-car <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The sound of turning over the pistons in an internal combustion engine are familiar to just about everyone.</span>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The almost soothing feeling of that low rumble of a well-tuned engine in idle.</span></p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-energy" target="_blank">RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Energy</a></strong></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:00:11 +0000 Tom Hudson 18997 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Plugging Into The Math Of An Electric Car The Sunshine Economy: Filling Up The Tank Less Often http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-filling-tank-less-often <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">We are burning less gasoline. That may sound strange but Floridians have less of a thirst for gas.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:02:20 +0000 Tom Hudson 18960 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Filling Up The Tank Less Often FPL Proposes 600 Miles Of Natural Gas Pipelines http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fpl-proposes-600-miles-natural-gas-pipelines <p>Hundreds of miles of proposed pipeline may begin pumping natural gas between Southwest Alabama and Martin County, Florida within four years if <a href="http://www.fpl.com/" target="_blank">Florida Power and Light (FPL) </a>gets the okay from state regulators.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 18896 at http://blog.wlrn.org FPL Proposes 600 Miles Of Natural Gas Pipelines The Sunshine Economy Video: Tearing Down An Old Power Plant http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-video-tearing-down-old-power-plant <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a1KEK38Mk4I" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p><p>A decade ago FPL burned more oil to make electricity than any other electric utility in the United States.</p><p>But this year it expects to burn 99 percent less crude oil.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-august-12-energy" target="_blank">RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Energy</a></strong></p><p>Much of the difference has been made up by natural gas, with some of the new power coming from nuclear energy.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:20:51 +0000 Tom Hudson 18870 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy Video: Tearing Down An Old Power Plant The Sunshine Economy: Energy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-energy <p></p><p>Flip a light switch, turn the ignition key or hit the start button. &nbsp;These are actions most of us do several times each day without thinking about where the power is coming from. Florida may have plenty of sunshine but it doesn't have any substantial supply of fossil fuels. &nbsp;And fossil fuels still power much of our lives.</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:20:25 +0000 Tom Hudson 18784 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Energy Florida Power & Light Asks To Continue To Collect For Turkey Point Expansion http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-power-light-asks-continue-collect-turkey-point-expansion <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">Five years and more than $650 million into refurbishing and building nuclear reactors, Florida Power &amp; Light officials told regulators Monday that it can’t guarantee what new reactors will cost consumers, when the reactors will deliver energy, or even if it will get a license to finish the job.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:23:59 +0000 Mary Ellen Klas 18572 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Power & Light Asks To Continue To Collect For Turkey Point Expansion Duke Energy Customers To Pay More As Nuke Plans Scrapped http://blog.wlrn.org/post/duke-energy-customers-pay-more-nuke-plans-scrapped <p></p><p>Florida customers of Duke Energy should expect to pay more next year for nuclear projects, even as the company reduces its planned nuclear footprint.</p><p>Meanwhile, Florida Power &amp; Light, which has recently completed upgrades of two nuclear facilities, will lower the amount it collects for nuclear projects. For a homeowner who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of power a month, that will save $1.17.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:13:51 +0000 News Service of Florida 18571 at http://blog.wlrn.org Duke Energy Customers To Pay More As Nuke Plans Scrapped