Email insights: Progress Florida inspires fear of dirty, dirty coal

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In the latest email to supporters, Progress Florida takes aim at Duke Energy’s Crystal River Power plants, saying they should be “retired for good.”

But hasn’t Duke already began closing the Crystal River Nuclear Plant?

No, not that one, the other ones — they now want to close four coal-fired steam units, facilities that are capable of producing up to 2,295 megawatts to consumers.

Progress is calling for Florida’s second largest utility company to pull away from “doubling down” on dirty coal, with the “undeniable” side effects — soot, smog and mercury pollution.

As an alternative, Duke should join states and communities nationwide that are embracing “smart energy conservation measures and renewable, clean sources of energy.”

A noble goal, indeed.

Duke energy customers are already getting hammered with rate hikes to pay for Florida’s Advanced Nuclear Cost Recovery law (ANCR), which allows utilities to recover — in advance — design and construction costs of nuclear power plants, such as the now-abandoned Crystal River plant.

Imagine if Duke approached the Florida Public Service Commission, hat in hand, asking for special dispensation to close the only facilities at Crystal River that are actually producing energy.

Who, pray tell, will ultimately pay for that?

Closing power plants can be an expensive process, as Florida energy customers learned the hard way with the troubled nuclear power facilities in Crystal River.

Instead of instilling a fear of dirty, dirty coal, progressives should provide another course of action that will not put the squeeze on an already extended community, as well as create a sustainable energy future.

But that’s not as easy as scaring people, is it?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.