Published: Aug 24, 2010 4:16 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 24, 2010 1:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Public Service Commission is hearing testimony on whether to raise special rates for building new nuclear power plants.

Critics say the plants aren't needed and may never be built.

The commission was set Tuesday to begin a hearing that could take up to three days on nuclear cost recovery requests of nearly $164 million from Progress Energy Florida and $31 million from Florida Power & Light Co. for the year 2011.

Opponents include the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. The group advocates efficiency and conservation as well as wind, solar and other renewable energy as alternatives to nuclear and fossil fuels.