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Florida Matters: Shining Light On The Power Grid

Nov 1, 2017

Florida’s power companies have invested billions and billions of dollars to harden the electrical grid since the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. Could you tell?

If you lost power after Hurricane Irma – and 6.5 million homes did – it may have been hard to discern how things have improved in the last dozen years.


This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about electrical power, from lessons learned after the recent storm-related power outages to how utilities are diversifying their power sources to include options like solar.


Our guests include:

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Ralph Fehr, Ph.D: power systems expert and electrical engineering instructor at the University of South Florida

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Ana Gibbs: spokeswoman for Duke Energy

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Nick Evans: reporter at WFSU in Tallahassee















We’re planning to do more on this topic including an upcoming show on alternative energy. Let us hear your thoughts and experiences. What’s the best way to cope with a power outage? Are you considering trying out a renewable power source like solar or wind in your home or business?

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