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05/27/2010 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Approves Renewable Plant for Gainesville

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved the need for a renewable energy plant in Gainesville by a 3 to 2 vote.

The 100 megawatt Gainesville Renewable Energy Center is a project of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, LLC (GREC) and is located at GRU’s existing Deerhaven plant site in Alachua County.

Although the PSC has no rate-making authority over GRU, the Commission must review and approve all building proposals for more than 75 megawatts of steam electrical generation.  PSC Commissioners heard GRU customer comments about the proposed plant at a customer meeting in Gainesville and at two technical hearings in Tallahassee, where the utility and GREC gave testimony.

Any rate impact on GRU customers would be the result of Gainesville City Commission policy decisions to pursue additional renewable generation.  Environmental impacts and other issues related to the power plant and associated facilities will be considered by those agencies with jurisdiction.

GRU is owned by the City of Gainesville and serves approximately 90,000 retail and wholesale customers in Gainesville and surrounding areas.

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 monitors safety, reliability, and service.

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