OUC wants to talk about coal, so­lar, en­ergy plan

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Kevin Spear

Want­ing to talk about so­lar, wind, nat­u­ral gas, coal and other power op­tions, Or­lando’s util­ity will hold three pub­lic meet­ings this week as part of draw­ing an en­ergy plan for the next 20 years.

“For a long time, the util­ity set pri­or­i­ties purely based on fi­nances,” OUC spokesman Tim Trudell said. “We are chang­ing di­rec­tions. We are in­clud­ing the com­mu­nity.”

The pub­licly owned Or­lando Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion launched $1 mil­lion worth of stud­ies a year ago to con­sider if, when and how OUC should re­tire its flag­ship coal plants in east Orange County.

One study is weigh­ing OUC’s op­tions for power plants amid ris­ing fears that us­ing coal and nat­u­ral gas sig­nif­i­cantly adds to green­house gases warm­ing the planet. The other study is gaug­ing cus­tomer

KEVIN SPEAR/OR­LANDO SENTINEL

Or­lando Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion is seek­ing pub­lic in­put on the fu­ture of en­ergy and the fate of coal plants in east Orange County.

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