Residents Talk Energy Future

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Several Tallahassee residents concerned about energy attended an open house about Tallahassee's energy future. If consumption continues at the same rate, city officials say energy could run out by 2011.

McCarron said, "We all use power, but it would be nice to know we're doing that the best way we could," said resident Keith McCarron.

Right now 95 percent of Tallahassee's energy comes from oil and natural gas. The concern to many residents is high fuel costs and possibly a dwindling supply, something Florida experienced when hurricanes battered the Gulf Coast.

In order to preserve energy, the city is choosing one of four energy options:

- The gas plan - a new facility in Tallahassee
- The TEC plan- using coal from Taylor Count
- The IGCC plan - building a coal plant in Tallahassee
- The coal purchase plant-using coal from an existing plant

Tenold added, "We just need to find the most environmentally friendly and efficient ways to do this," said environmentalist Terry Tenold.

Don Dick is one resident who doesn't like any of the four options. Instead, he'd like energy to come from garbage.

"You burn it, you create energy. You burn it to make the steam to turn it to make electricity and it gets your garbage and trash and produces energy for Tallahassee also."

On September 13, city commissioners will decide on the best long-term energy plan for Tallahassee.