SEMINOLE — Energy lights and heats homes, powers transportation and is essential to commerce. Yet in the post-recession, post-tsunami world of 2012, energy faces an uncertain future.
A group of experts will explore that future in a series of free public forums at St. Petersburg College. The first forum in the series, focusing on the future of nuclear energy, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Digitorium of the Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. Titled Our Energy Future: Are Nukes Still Viable, and Do Lawmakers Get It on Energy?, the forum is presented by SPC's Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and WUSF Public Media.
Those debating the issues:
• Ellen Vancko, nuclear energy and climate change project manager, Union of Concerned Scientists
• J.R. Kelly, Office of Public Counsel, state of Florida
• Jerry Paul, nuclear engineer and former member of the Florida Legislature, U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee
• Ivan Penn, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, who has written extensively about nuclear energy issues facing Tampa Bay.
The program is free, but registration is requested. To register, go to spcollege.edu/solutions. For information, call (727) 394-6942.