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FPL Moving Ahead with Natural Gas-Fired, Solar Power Plans

Continuing a decade-long trend, Florida Power & Light (FPL) this month pushed ahead with plans for natural gas-fired and solar electricity generation facilities, but it intends to delay plans for two units at an existing nuclear plant.

State regulators approved FPL plans to build an $888 million gas-fired generation plant to replace a combination gas/oil-fired plant at Dania Beach. FPL is also still pursuing federal licenses to possibly add two 1,100 MW nuclear units at the Turkey Point generating plant, but a final decision about moving forward has been delayed.

The Dania Beach Clean Energy Center, a repowered generation site, is to be similar to FPL’s 1,277 MW gas-fired Port Everglades Clean Energy Center, which opened in 2016. The new 1,163 MW power plant would use existing infrastructure in Broward County, including existing gas pipelines, a substation and transmission lines.

Florida Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham said the gas-fired installation is expected to save utility customers up to $364 million over its life, while generating additional local tax revenues and jobs.

FPL's four solar installations that were started early this month are expected to each generate 74.5 MW and are similar to four projects that came online earlier this year. The utility also recently retired its 1,300 MW St. Johns River Power Park in Jacksonville, its last coal-fired plant in the state.

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