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08/01/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Municipal Power Agency Need Determination Hearing to Begin Monday

TALLAHASSEE — Beginning Monday, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct a determination of need hearing on the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) request to build a 300 MW combined cycle unit at Cane Island Power Park in Osceola County.

FMPA has asked the PSC for approval to construct an additional natural gas combined-cycle generating unit (Unit 4) at its existing power plant site.  The site is located one mile northwest of Intercession City and five miles west of Kissimmee. If approved, Cane Island Unit 4 is projected to begin serving customers in 2011. FMPA supplies power to 30 municipal electric systems serving 180,000 customers.

The hearing provides an opportunity for the public to comment and for the utility and other interested parties to present evidence and testimony concerning the need for the proposed generation addition.

As part of the need determination process, the PSC must consider the need for electric system reliability and integrity, adequate electricity at a reasonable cost, fuel diversity, and fuel supply reliability.  The Commission must also consider whether renewable energy sources and technologies, as well as conservation measures, are used to the extent reasonably available.

All members of the public who wish to make a statement should be present at the beginning of the hearing on Monday, August 4.  Although two days have been allotted for the hearing, the second day may not be required.

The hearing is set for the following time and location:

Monday, August 4 – Tuesday, August 5, 2008
9:30 a.m.

Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida

Environmental impacts and other issues related to the proposed plant and associated facilities will be considered by other agencies in separate public hearings.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

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