The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) contracts with U.S. EcoGen, LLC (US EcoGen) to purchase renewable power. U.S. EcoGen plans to construct three biomass facilities in Okeechobee, Clay, and Martin Counties, with service expected to begin in 2019.
“These biomass contracts will create jobs for Floridians, help FPL diversify its fuel supply, and save customers money,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “System reliability will also be enhanced, and the contracts help defer the need to construct additional plants generated by fossil fuels.”
According to PSC analyses, the three plants are projected to produce a total of 180 megawatts—enough electricity to power 30,000 to 50,000 homes—and will save FPL customers an estimated $90 million over the life of the plants. More than 140 direct and indirect jobs will be needed to operate each facility during the 30-year contract terms. Eucalyptus will be the dedicated energy crop for the US EcoGen biomass systems.
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