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Florida Matters: Shining Light On The Power Grid

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Stephanie Colombini
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WUSF Public Media
Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham (l) joined in the Donis Studio by panelists Ana Gibbs with Duke Energy and Ralph Fehr with the University of South Florida

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?

Share your questions and comments with us on Facebook, on Twitter or by emailing FloridaMatters@wusf.org

Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters,WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.