by Mike Vogel
Updated 12 months ago
“If we’re serious about addressing climate change, there’s no question nuclear has to be part of our generation mix. We’re relying more and more on natural gas. We’ve seen prices fluctuate. Nuclear is stable. There’s a concern about nuclear being high in costs. Turkey Point and St. Lucie — when they were built people were screaming about how they were raising costs. When the bonds were paid off, it’s a heck of a lot less costly. Those power plants are some of the lowest-cost plants we have. I believe nuclear energy can be developed safely. It is still a risk, a small risk, but still a risk.”
“If you contemplate a future world where we are going to put a premium on reduction of emissions, in particular carbon emission, nuclear is the only carbon-free source of electricity of the ones that are out there today. In particular, Florida needs to be sensitive to fuel diversity. Having the variety of fuels gives you a hedge against one of those fuels moving up and down.”
[Photo: Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times]
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