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First Coast Connect

07/01/15: Solar Energy In Florida; Commentator Jay Solomon; Duval County Courthouse Art

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked Obama administration rules aimed at limiting the hazardous air pollutants like mercury that emanate from the nation’s power plants, though the ruling’s effect on Jacksonville’s electric utility, JEA, appears to be limited. 
At the same time, there are updates to efforts on a solar ballot initiative here in Florida, with four utilities and Florida’s attorney general working to block what they say is a potentially misleading measure. The group behind the initiative, Floridians for Solar Choice, filed legal briefs this week supporting the ballot measure, which it argues will remove barriers limiting ownership models of solar generation.
We discuss this latest news affects energy here in Florida with Jay Worley, director of environmental programs at JEA, and Stephen Smith, Executive Director of Souther Alliance for Clean Energy and founding member of Floridians for Solar Choice coalition.

Contributor Jay Solomon joins us with his thoughts on Brian Williams and trust in the media in the latest edition of With All Due Respect.

And we learn how the public can suggest what art is displayed at the Duval County Courthouse with Toni Alligretti, Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and Dave Engdalh of Art in Public Places.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.