Gov. Charlie Crist joined Florida Power & Light officials in New York City Wednesday to announce, out of the glare of the sunshine state, a $2.4 billion venture to build a solar-thermal power plant someday in Florida. More here.
The plant would begin as a 10-megawatt project in Florida and increase to 300 megawatts but it is dependent on several unknowns: How soon with the new technology be ready for prime time? Will the technical partner, Ausra Inc., agree to FPL's cost and technical requirements? Where will be plant be sited? How long will it be for FPL to obtain the needed permits?
Nobody is promising this will have an impact on anybody's energy bills any time soon, but FPL is sure to win points when the state lowers the boom on carbon emissions and starts rewarding companies for being green.