Florida Power & Light is moving forward on seeking regulatory approvals for an estimated $888 million project to build a power plant in Broward County.
In a filing at the state Public Service Commission, FPL said the 1,163-megawatt plant would replace two aging units at an FPL site in Dania Beach and that the new plant could start generating power by June 2022.
With Gov. Rick Scott describing him as “passionate about the environment,” Noah Valenstein was named as Florida’s next environmental secretary after a short interview with Scott and members of the state Cabinet.
Valenstein, a former Scott aide who is executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, will take over at the Department of Environmental Protection on June 5.
Florida Power & Light on Monday asked state regulators to give approval by Dec. 1 of a plan to shut down a jointly owned coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville.
FPL filed a detailed proposal with the state Public Service Commission that includes seeking approval to pay $90.4 million to the Jacksonville municipal utility JEA, which shares ownership of the St. Johns River Power Park.
Many regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in recent years are burdensome for electric utilities and have costs that outweigh their benefits, the American Public Power Association told the EPA on May 12.
Among the rules and regulations that the public power group said should be repealed or modified are the Clean Power Plan rules on carbon dioxide for existing power plants and for new, modified and reconstructed plants; effluent limitation guidelines for steam electric power plants; a rule on regional haze; and a rule on coal combustion residuals.
On May 11, President Trump signed an executive order on cybersecurity designed to protect federal government networks and critical infrastructure, including the nation’s power grid.
In a statement issued the same day, the American Public Power Association voiced support for the executive order and said that, “As threats evolve, so too must the efforts of industry and government to mitigate them.”
The House on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would require stepped-up notification of the public when pollution incidents occur. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, began pushing the increased requirements after controversy last year about pollution incidents involving a sinkhole at a phosphate plant in Polk County and sewage discharges into Tampa Bay.
Under the bill, which now goes to Gov. Rick Scott, owners or operators of facilities responsible for pollution would be required to submit reports within 24 hours to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Solar energy backers are supporting a “good enough” measure that would carry out a decision by voters to expand a renewable-energy tax break.
After the measure (SB 90) got unanimous support Wednesday from the House, the Senate is expected as early as Thursday to approve the bill, which outlines implementation of a constitutional amendment approved in August.