Calpine First to Crack Florida Power Generation Market
The much ballyhooed power generation race in Florida finally got
underway last Monday as the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC)
unanimously approved the first independent power combined cycle
facility under the Florida Power Plant Siting Act. The approved
application for a 529 MW facility was submitted by Calpine Corp.
and Seminole Electric Cooperative.
The Osprey Energy Center will be located in Auburndale, FL, next
to Calpine's existing 150 MW facility. Under the agreement, Calpine
will build the plant, while Seminole's 10 member distribution
cooperatives consisting of 1.5 million customers will have access
to the electricity for a period of 17 years, beginning in June
2003. In addition, Calpine also reported that it will add a 100 MW
peaking unit to the existing 150 MW site.
Calpine said in October 2000 it hoped the contract to supply
power to the cooperative would support its petition for
Determination of Need before the PSC (see NGI, Oct. 23, 2000).
Calpine said the project will now move toward final hearings and
approval by Florida's Power Plant Siting Board, with
ground-breaking expected to occur later this year.
The Osprey project and the company's 1,080 MW Blue Heron Energy
Center account for Calpine's previously announced $750 million
expansion onslaught on the Florida electricity market. The Blue
Heron project will be located in Indian River County, west of Vero
Beach. The company also reinforced its presence in the state by
opening an office in Tampa during 2000.
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