Two power plants have changed to reduce carbon emissions.
The Indiantown Cogeneration Plant stopped operation at the very end of 2020. Florida Power and Light (FPL) bought the coal facility three years ago so it could be shut down.
NextEra Energy purchased Gulf Power in January 2019. Then NextEra nearly tripled capital expenditures, lowered rates, quadrupled modern grid technologies, built solar facilities in Gulf Power territory.
Gulf Power stopped coal-fired generation at Plant Crist, which is in Escambia County. The plant “includes a conversion to run entirely on American-produced, cleaner natural gas – cutting the plant’s carbon emissions rate by 40% and marking the end of Gulf Power’s use of coal to generate energy in Florida.” (Source)
“Retiring coal at Plant Crist (image, left) will end our use of coal in Florida and help usher in a new, cleaner energy era for Gulf Power,” said Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power. “We look forward to continuing to invest in cleaner energy solutions for Northwest Florida, including more efficient natural gas technology as well as emissions-free solar farms.” (Source)
“In recent years, FPL has bought out old contracts and purchased existing coal-fired power plants for the sole purpose of shutting them down – saving customers money and eliminating carbon dioxide emissions,” said Power Engineering magazine. “At the same time, the company has constructed universal solar energy centers, leading one of the largest solar expansions in the country as part of its bold plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. Last month, five new solar energy centers, consisting of 1.4 million solar panels, began providing customers with zero-emissions energy.”
FPL and Gulf Power are both owned by NextEra Energy.
Feature image: A 650-ton crane hoists one of the larger pieces of equipment, a gas heater, into place at the Plant Crist gas yard as part of the coal to natural gas conversion. (Source)