FPL Moves Forward with Broward, Martin Plans

Florida Power & Light has filed a proposal with state regulators that is part of plans to shut down aging power-generating units in Broward and Martin counties.

The proposal, filed Friday at the state Public Service Commission, involves accounting issues related to the shutdown of two generating units at FPL’s Lauderdale plant in Broward County and two units at a Martin County plant.

The Public Service Commission this year approved an FPL proposal to build a new natural-gas unit in Broward to replace the two Lauderdale generating units. While the new facility is expected to start generating electricity in 2022, the older units will be shut down late this year, according to the filing.

FPL also plans late this year to shut down two 800-megawatt generating units in Martin County. “Both units have been in commercial operation for approximately 38 years and are now relatively inefficient units in regard to converting natural gas or oil into electricity,” the filing said. FPL said it will partially replace the electric generation through upgrades at other facilities. The accounting issues relate to deferral of recovering costs from customers.

Reposted with permission from The News Service of Florida

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