Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a petition by Progress Energy Florida (Progress) for a determination of need for two new nuclear units at an energy complex to be constructed in Levy County, Florida.
The new complex will be located about ten miles north of the company’s Crystal River Energy Complex and eight miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s west coast. The two new nuclear units, Units 1 and 2, are projected to come online in 2016 and 2017 and generate 2,200 megawatts (MW), enough to power about 1.3 million average residential homes using 1,200 kWh per month.
“Pursuing nuclear generation helps to diversify Florida’s fuel supply and meet the state’s growing energy needs,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II. "As directed by the Legislature, annual nuclear cost recovery proceedings will allow the Commission to monitor the project, including appropriate checks and balances, to make sure it continues to be in the customers' best interest."
The new units are projected to satisfy the generation needs of Progress through 2023 while emitting zero greenhouse gases and reducing Florida’s dependence on natural gas and fuel oil. The company also intends to increase demand-side management programs and renewable energy contracts.
In making its determination, the Commission considered the need for electric system reliability and integrity, base-load power, adequate electricity at a reasonable cost, and whether the proposed units are the most cost-effective alternative available. The Commission also considered whether renewable energy sources or conservation measures were available to the utility that might mitigate the need for the proposed plant.
A service hearing was held in Crystal River in April to receive public testimony, and the public was provided an opportunity to testify at the beginning of the formal technical hearing in Tallahassee on May 21.
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