Nuclear Power Not Clean Enough for Florida RPS (Miami Herald)
Florida Power & Light, the state's largest utility, asked for renewable energy credits for its nuclear power. The state said No.
August 11, 2007
Florida governor Charlie Crist has ordered utilities to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources ''with a strong focus on wind and solar energy'' and cut their power plants' greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, according to a story in the Miami Herald.
But Florida Power & Light asked the state to count its nuclear power as renewable, to meet the governor's mandate. FPL is the state's largest utility.
"FPL wants renewable energy credits for nuclear power, Tom Hartman, FPL director of business management told the Public Service Commission.
"That won't cut it for Governor Crist, said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Sole. He said nuclear power will not be part of his agency's definition of renewable fuel."
The key word here is "renewable." Renewable energy is defined as energy derived from resources that are regenerative or for all practical purposes cannot be depleted. Mining uranium doesn't qualify as a regenerative resource -- mainstream estimates concur that the world supply will be depleted in 50-150 years.