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06/08/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Approves New FPL Plants, But Adds Requirements

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) granted Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) request for two natural gas plants on Thursday, but only after the utility agreed to new conservation and fuel diversity programs.

FPL asked the PSC to approve two gas-fired generating units of 1219 MW each in western Palm Beach County. FPL says it will be able to build natural gas powered units more quickly than other technologies.

In approving the request, the five-member commission directed FPL to do the following:

                    ·Diversify its fuel sources by accelerating construction of coal-fired facilities
                    ·Increase demand-side management and conservation programs
                    ·Expand the pricing options for renewable energy producers

The approved plants in Palm Beach County are expected to begin operating in 2009 and 2010.