Gas-fired power plant receives approval

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on March 27 approved Florida Power & Light Co.’s (FPL) proposal to modernize its Port Everglades Next Generation Energy Center.

With the approval, FPL plans to construct a 1,277 MW combined-cycle natural gas unit at its existing site beginning commercial operation in June 2016.

Four 1960s-era oil and natural gas-fueled steam electric generating units that generate 1,254 MW currently at the site will be dismantled as part of the construction project.  The PSC said the new Port Everglades facility is projected to save FPL customers $469 million when compared to continued use of the existing units.

Construction will begin in 2014 and is expected to create 650 jobs.

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