FPL seeks OK to build clean energy center in Dania Beach, shutter coal plant in Jacksonville

Florida Power & Light (FPL) aims to modernize its Dania Beach center and shut down a coal plant in Jacksonville.

The company, owned by Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE: NEE), on Tuesday announced it filed plans for both projects, stating they would save money for customers.

Pending approvals, the FPL Dania Beach Clean Energy Center is expected to be in service by 2022 with 1,200 megawatts of 24/7 capacity. The new facility could generate about $400 million in net savings for FPL customers, the company said.

FPL would retire its Lauderdale Plant in Dania Beach, the site of the company’s first power plant in 1927. The company is seeking approval for the first step in the comprehensive review and permitting process for a natural gas project.

“The modernization of our Dania Beach property – home to FPL power plants for nearly a century – will enable us to continue to meet South Florida’s energy needs while reducing emissions and FPL’s use of natural gas systemwide,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.

FPL on Tuesday also announced it filed a petition with the Florida Public Service Commission for permission to shut down the St. Johns River Power Park (SJRPP). The shuttering of the coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville, the company said, will save its customers an estimated $183 million and prevent more than 5.6 million of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

SJRPP is currently one of the most expensive facilities to operate for FPL’s systems, the company said. FPL has asked officials to make a decision by December 2017 so the company can shut it down by the end of the year as planned.

“This is the third coal power plant FPL is phasing out in two years while we continue to invest in major advances in solar and natural gas energy centers. We are proving that it’s possible to be clean and low-cost,” Silagy said.

FPL has about 10 million customers in Florida. It’s owned by NextEra Energy, South Florida’s No. 3 Top public company with $17.49 billion in revenue in 2015.

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