September 24, 2022

Energy & Utilities

Tampa General Hospital's new $53-million central energy plant ensures continual power - even in a hurricane

With Tampa General Hospital embarking on a $550-million construction plan that includes multiple components, from 12 new operating rooms to a 2,000-space parking garage, the hospital chose to address one crucial element early on: Making sure that — no matter the weather or the condition of Tampa's electrical grid — it would never lose power. Read more »
Published on 9/20/2022

NextEra Energy's ambitious 'real zero' plan leaves carbon emissions behind for good

Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy captured attention earlier this year when it announced it would eliminate carbon emissions by 2045 and use only wind, solar, battery storage, nuclear, green hydrogen and other renewables to provide power. Unlike other net zero promises, NextEra says its “real zero” doesn't rely on buying carbon credits to offset power generation. Read more »
Published on 9/8/2022

UF project focuses on converting oilseed to jet fuel

A promising University of Florida agricultural project in Northwest Florida is focused on producing an oilseed crop that can be converted into high-performance aviation jet fuel. Read more »
Published on 9/8/2022

Along with the price of natural gas, Floridian's electric bills are climbing sky-high

The price of natural gas — which generates roughly 75% of Florida's electricity — more than doubled over the summer and is driving increases in electric bills at utilities around the state. Read more »
Published on 9/7/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

A profile of Florida's climate, sustainability and energy consumption

Solar provided just 4% of electricity generation in Florida in 2021. Power generation from renewables — biofuels, biomass, hydro, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, solar and wind — totaled just 6% of overall generation in 2021... Read more »
Published on 2/8/2022

CEO of AmeriKooler takes aim at 'Goliath'

Several years back, Gian Carlo Alonso decided he needed a competitive benchmark against which to judge progress... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

Tallahassee makes plans to rely on 100% renewable energy

Tallahassee has initiated an ambitious, long-term plan to have the town powered completely by renewable energy. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

Coral Gables initiates talks about burying power lines

The Coral Gables City Commission voted unanimously in June to launch a series of community workshops to engage residents in discussing... Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

Duke takes the first step in dismantling its ‘backbone' power plant

For more than 50 years, Duke Energy Florida's twin-unit coal power plant in Crystal River routinely delivered 915 megawatts of power. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

A hedge fund is seeking to split Duke Energy into three companies

Elliott Management, a $41-billion hedge fund, wrote the Duke Energy board in May urging the company to split into three separate entities... Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

UF researchers hope to make solar more useful during long power outages

A research team at the University of Florida has developed a system that can provide solar energy for homes during prolonged power outages. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

OUC experiments with ways of generating and storing electricity from renewable sources

OUC experiments with ways of generating and storing electricity from renewable sources Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

Duke Energy urges customers to prepare for hurricane season

Company is strengthening electric infrastructure to reduce outages and improve resiliency. Read more »
Published on 6/2/2021

FP&L expands its solar footprint in NW Florida

Matt Valle, vice president of development at FP&L, talks about details of the multi-phase project. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

Climate First Bank plans to supercharge solar loan products

After selling the first bank he started in 2006, Ken LaRoe and his wife bought a small motor home and traveled across country... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

What happened in Texas raises questions about Florida's power system

After the 2021 Texas power grid failure, questions arise about Florida's power grid, but there are differences. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

FSU research team turns plant material into larger capacity batteries

By incorporating lignin — an organic compound in the cell walls of plants that makes them rigid — the team has created a type of electrolyte compound, says professor Hoyong Chung. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

Transportation updates from around the state

Monroe County officials are moving forward with a planned upgrade of concourse A at Key West International Airport. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

SunDial helps businesses optimize power consumption

The technology also allows users to monitor lifetime energy savings and emission reductions as well as create simulations for... Read more »
Published on 3/1/2021

Group from USF finds cheaper way to turn landfill gas into diesel fuel

Tampa company T2C-Energy is designing a facility it hopes to bring online next year that may revolutionize the production of diesel fuel from landfill gases. Read more »
Published on 8/26/2020

Fallout at JEA continues

An attempt to sell the public utility spawns investigations and a lawsuit Read more »
Published on 8/26/2020

Jacksonville's public utility JEA and the fight to privatize it

A fight over whether to privatize Jacksonville's public utility produced a political melee in that divided the city's business community. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2020

Changes at Babcock Ranch

Babcock Ranch, which touts itself as America's first solar-powered town, has named Al Dougherty COO of Babcock Ranch. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2019

University of Miami College of Engineering researchers develop new, non-corrosive saltwater concrete

By using seawater and aggregates that contain salt ... UM College of Engineering researchers have developed a new type of concrete. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2019

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Tropical Depression Nine has developed in the central Caribbean. The depression is expected to reach tropical storm strength and even hurricane strength by early next week. The NHC has placed Florida in the system's cone of uncertainty.

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