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FPL: With nuke fee, customers save money Feb. 4

Florida, try to think sustainable

FPL's assertion that the advance fees collected under the nuclear cost recovery clause "should be celebrated" must refer to the company's internal partying over the gravy train, not to the general public. The statement that customers save money on fuel charges must be put into proper perspective.

Fuel charges are but a small part of nuclear power costs. Initial construction, operation and maintenance, insurance, cleanup after accidents and natural disasters, storing and guarding deadly waste for tens of thousands of years, and decommissioning costs (after which a new source of power must be found) account for the vast majority of expenditures.

By way of comparison, energy efficiency costs less than 3.5 cents per kilowatt-hour and could meet Florida's power needs without building any new power plants. In the event that more power is needed, distributed solar photovoltaic power is far cheaper and much faster to install, and the fuel is free — uranium is not. Solar creates more jobs than nuclear, is far safer and much cleaner.

FPL knows all this. That is why the company is heavily invested in renewable energy elsewhere in the United States, where state legislatures have made an effort to level the playing field between various energy sources instead of picking winners (including nuclear) and losers (renewables and conservation) as Florida does.

FPL should devote its lobbying efforts to repealing the nuclear cost recovery clause, and should invest in utility-scale vanadium redox batteries at the substation level. Doing so would make their existing plants more efficient, and simultaneously create storage for distributed solar. FPL would then be helping to lead Florida to a sustainable energy future.

Thomas Eppes, Thonotosassa

State's brand is lure for firms | Feb. 1

Masculine logo is a big miscue

I am writing with regard to Gov. Rick Scott and top business leaders unveiling a new "business branding" campaign recently.

I am appalled by the logo (FLORIDA — The Perfect Climate for Business) with an orange necktie for the letter I in Florida. Really? What a pathetic day for the state that ranks No. 4 in the nation for women-owned businesses. "The Perfect Climate For Business" in Florida is for male business owners only?


Sounds like the organization that created this ad didn't do its homework. Also, to add insult to injury, the agency that received the contract is based in Tennessee.

Why was it outsourced? Astounding!

Hilary Pearson, Tampa

Renaming the Trop

Rays drama never goes anywhere

With regular reporting regarding relocating the Tampa Bay Rays and what to do with the Tropicana Field property, it appears that nothing is being accomplished but a series of non-negotiable proposals.

Perhaps renaming the Trop and calling it the Trap best summarizes the "negotiations."

Bill Duval, Dunedin

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