In his column “Utilities go nuclear to protect their interests,” Randy Schultz quotes state Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, as saying, “We were lied to” when he supported 2006 legislation that allows cost reimbursements for nuclear plants to be sought on a period basis rather than waiting many years for such plants to start operating. I was there in 2006. There is nothing about the policy consideration then or the application of the policy that supports this inflammatory claim.
In late July 2005, Congress adopted the Energy Policy Act. It attempted to stimulate development of low-emission energy projects by including incentives totaling about $5.8 billion for wind and solar, alternative motor vehicles and biofuels and efficiency and conservation, and incentives totaling about $4.3 billion for nuclear energy. In late 2005 and early 2006, U.S. Department of Energy officials met with state government officials, environmental organizations and energy experts to consider state-level policies to promote additional low-carbon-emitting energy sources such as solar and nuclear.
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