After the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Florida Power & Light Company officially shut down its last coal-fired plant in Florida, ending its use of coal in the state while accelerating its long-term investments in other fuel sources to generate and deliver clean fuels. and affordable power to its customers.
FPL purchased the Indiantown cogeneration plant in Martin County in 2017 with the sole purpose of shutting it down and saving customers money. The official retirement marks the end of coal in FPL’s power plant operations.
In addition, Gulf Power, a division of FPL that provides service to customers in northwest Florida, has ceased coal-fired power generation at its Crist plant in Escambia County. The plant upgrade, which FPL initiated immediately after the purchase of Gulf Power from the Southern Company, includes a conversion to run entirely on cleaner natural gas produced in the United States – reducing carbon emissions by plant by 40% and marking the end of Gulf Power’s use of coal to generate power in Florida.
“This year marks an important milestone for our business and our customers as we produce electricity that is reliable, affordable and cleaner than ever before,” said Eric Silagy, President and CEO of FPL. “On January 1, we closed the chapter on our use of coal as an energy source in Florida. It is also important to note that 20 years ago we were the largest consumer of oil in the country to generate electricity. However, by making smart, consistent, long-term investments in cleaner, state-of-the-art energy centers, we have reduced our oil consumption by 99% and only use it as a secondary fuel source. By eliminating our use of coal and effectively eliminating our use of petroleum, our customers now receive energy that is better for our environment, reliable and much more affordable. »
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. At the same time, the company built Universal Solar Power 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. The Last month, five new solar power centers, consisting of 1.4 million solar panels, began providing customers with zero-emission energy.
Additionally, the company continues to pursue other innovative sources of clean energy, including the construction of the world’s largest integrated solar battery storage facility and a green hydrogen pilot project announced last year. FPL continues to rank among the nation’s cleanest energy companies with its power generation from natural gas, nuclear, solar and batteries. FPL’s generating fleet is now one of the cleanest and most efficient in the nation, saving customers nearly $11 billion in fuel costs and eliminating more than 145 million tons of CO2 emissions since 2001, representing a 35% reduction.
In addition to shutting down the Indiantown cogeneration plant, the company, along with JEA, announced plans to retire a coal-fired unit that Southern Company operates in Georgia. The company plans to demolish the Indiantown plant later this year.