Site Approval Sought for Power Plant

Backers of a proposed power plant in Pasco County have started seeking a key state approval for the project, which would produce electricity for Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC filed an application for site certification with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the 573-megawatt project. The department last week submitted the application to the state Division of Administrative Hearings, where a judge is expected to hold a hearing.

Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC is a subsidiary of GE Capital Holdings, Inc. and would sell all of the electricity generated at the natural-gas plant to Seminole Electric Cooperative, which provides wholesale power to electric cooperatives throughout the state. Backers of the project also are seeking what is known as a “determination of need” at the Florida Public Service Commission. A hearing is scheduled for March 21 on that request, which also is a major step in the power-plant approval process.

Reposted with permission from The News Service of Florida

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