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Report: As Southeast Utilities Aim To Reduce Carbon Emissions, Florida Lags

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A new report says that Florida utilities are behind as across the Southeast a growing number are pursuing goals of reducing carbon emissions by mid-century. 

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy report says that while emissions are down, most plans fall short of what scientists say is needed to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

Among the states Florida is the most behind, with Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power and Light leading the way. Here’s Heather Pohnan of SACE.

“This is due to again the high reliance on fossil gas with some coal usage still lingering.” 

The report says utilities are missing key opportunities to add solar, wind and efficiency to their portfolios. 

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Amy Green

About Amy Green

Reporter and Producer

Amy Green covers the environment for WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s work has been heard on NPR and ... Read Full Bio »