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Duke Energy Florida to Invest in Grid Modernization, EV Charging Stations

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Morningstar

The agreement--subject to approval by the Florida Public Service Commission--includes investments to modernize the electric grid and improve reliability, offers new electric-vehicle charging-station programs, and supports pilot programs for technology such as microgrids and floating solar pilot projects. Also included is accelerated retirement dates for DEF's last two coal units eight years ...

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Jim Stack's picture
Jim Stack on Jan 22, 2021

Retiring COAL in Florida would seem to be over due. They call their state the Sunshine state yet are not friendly to Solar PV so don't encourage and make the most of it. Adding car charging is also over due. It's good to hear they are moving into the 21 st century. 

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Jan 22, 2021

To be fair, the moniker of the Sunshine State is more marketing than it is truth-- Western states like CA, AZ, NM have far better solar irradiance and predictable solar patterns than Florida, but that's certainly not to excuse the lack of investment that Florida should have that would be more closely aligned to similar states. But I agree things like car charging and overall transmission projects that can bring about a more suitable environment for renewable investments should be high priorities right now. 

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