FPL to demolish Port Everglades Power Plant July 16

The four 350-foot-tall stacks and 7,500-ton boilers at the Port Everglades Power Plant in Hollywood, Fla. will be demolished July 16, 2013 to make way for new power plant construction, according to an announcement by Florida Power & Light Co.

The '60s-era Port Everglades Power Plant was a four-unit oil and natural gas-fired power plant that was capable of generating 1,200 MW. It went into service between 1960 and 1965.

The new power plant to be built in its place will cut the carbon dioxide emissions rate in half and reduce air emissions by more than 90 percent, according to FPL.

The project will also create an estimated 650 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs during the height of construction, and support many local businesses. And in the first full year of operation alone, this investment will deliver about $20 million in new tax revenue to local governments and school districts.

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