FPL Proposes Replacing Two Broward Units with Clean Energy Center

Florida Power & Light filed a request Friday to replace a power plant in Broward County with a more modern and powerful clean energy center that will cost an estimated $888 million to build.

The Juno Beach-based company submitted a petition for a determination of need to the Florida Public Service Commission with plans to build a “combined cycle generating unit” that will rely primarily on natural gas at its Lauderdale power plant in Dania Beach.

The new unit is projected to cut primary air emissions by 70 percent and, over its projected 40-year life, to be $337 million less expensive than continuing to use two existing units at the plant, according to the petition.

The new facility, planned to open in 2022, is projected to produce 31 percent more power than the two facilities that would be shut down in 2018, if utility regulators approve the proposal. “Denying the need determination will result in lower system reliability for FPL’s customers and in FPL having to acquire new resources earlier than if this need determination is approved, likely at a higher cost,” the company said in its petition. The commission is expected to a hearing on the request early next year and rule by the end of March.

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