An item in the newspaper caught my eye this morning. At a time when details of corporate greed and corruption are at a nauseating high, Florida Power & Light gives back. To our public schools. Even to manatees.
FP&L wants to install an electric heating system when it coverts its 43-year-old Port St. John plant into a $1 billion natural gas plant, due online in 2013. The heating system will pump warm water and keep the manatees who flock to the area toasty. Otherwise, water temperatures near the plant along the Indian River could drop into the 50s in the winter, which will weaken the manatees' immune system.
Wait, there's more. FP&L also is helping our public schools. The company is set to install photovoltaic panels at a Daytona Beach middle school this spring. The panels will convert solar energy into electricity, which will save the school money in utility costs. Not only that, but FP&L (actually its foundation) is paying for the installation, worker training and maintenance, and has developed a curriculum component that it will pay to train teachers at the school to use in the classroom. The school is one of 6 in Florida FP&L is working with on the program.
In addition, FP&L sponsors just about every community event, non-profit organization, children's program and cultural program we come trotting their way with. They also employ a heck of a lot of people with good salaries in our state.