December 20, 2012 | 7:40am
Did you know there are already two major pipelines underground that bring in natural gas from other states to our local power plants? There will be a third by 2017, and FPL is currently seeking "Requests for Proposals" from companies that want the job of building it.
FPL says the two natural gas pipelines we have already are almost at capacity. This new one would begin in Alabama and end in Martin County. Of course, FPL tries to spin it all happy-like, saying that by building this pipeline and converting three old oil- and gas-fired plants to ones that use gas (including the sites at Port Everglades and Riviera Beach), FPL is reducing oil consumption.
(Yes, I would rather be a Luddite and live in trees -- thanks for asking.)
The last time we dug into FPL's methods, we got a peek into how convoluted the process is to get power plants and pipelines built and how powerful and shady
the energy giant can be. And don't forget that time it charged people almost $10 per month extra for green energy (called the Sunshine Energy
program), only to spend almost all of that windfall on brochures and marketing.
Now if someone will just bring my horse-drawn carriage around...