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Jeff Lyash at Tiger Bay

in Statewide/The Bay and the 'Burg by
They say power corrupts. Yet as Florida continues to grow in the future, it will need even more….power. With Fossil fuels projected to be readily available to burn for electricity no more than 20 more years, the power industry must make long-term plans now for its future. In Florida, Jeff Lyash, President & CEO of Progress Energy, has his company betting on a new nuclear plant, as well as several smaller alternative energy projects such as a new solar energy farm in Manatee County. In his spare time, our speaker also oversees a group formed to propose a new site for the Tampa Bay Rays stadium. While this role is powerful, it is also shockingly controversial for an industry noted for its buttoned-down avoidance of controversy. How will our Nation get its power in the future? Are electric cars a real answer? Should rate-payers today pay for a nuclear plant which may not be on line 10 years from now? And…will the Rays get a new stadium… anywhere? Tigers are sure to get a charge out of this electrifying program!

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.

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