Alternative Energy Experts Gather at Florida Community College

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Experts in alternative energy from solar to ocean power discussed the possibilities during a forum at Indian River Community College.

Local and national leaders say the Treasure Coast is poised to become a place of research.

Larry Pelton is president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County. He says each institute has its own variety of scientific exploration.

Pelton says he asked U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Palm Beach Gardens, for money toward an alternative energy research center that would partner organizations such as Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and the University of Florida.

But a key question surrounded the cost of these alternative energy sources.

James R. Brenner is researching hydrogen fuel cell technology at the Florida Institute of Technology. He says cleaner energy might cost a person 30 percent more.

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