Welcome!

News Feed Item

FPL commissions Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center - unveils plans for innovative manatee education center

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today formally commissioned its Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center – one of the cleanest, most energy-efficient plants in the nation. Over its operational lifetime, the new, fuel-efficient plant is expected to provide FPL customers with hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel and other savings. The company also announced plans for the construction of a new manatee education center that will be built on the energy center site – the first of its kind in the company's 35-county service area.

www.FPL.com.

"The Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center is yet another demonstration of our commitment to dramatically reducing our dependence on foreign oil, while at the same time, delivering clean, reliable and affordable electricity for all of our customers," said Eric Silagy, president of FPL. "Importantly, we completed this clean energy center early and under budget, saving our customers money in the process. It's one more example of how the 9,000 employees of FPL are working hard each and every day to ensure FPL customers continue to benefit from electric bills that are the lowest in the state and 25 percent below the national average."

FPL invested approximately $1.3 billion to build the new energy center on the same site in Palm Beach County where a 1960s-era oil-burning plant was dismantled in 2011. Construction was completed two months ahead of schedule, allowing the plant to officially enter commercial operation on April 1.

By using clean, low-cost American natural gas to provide electricity to its 4.7 million customers, FPL has reduced its use of foreign oil by more than 99 percent – dropping from more than 40 million barrels in 2001 to fewer than 1 million barrels annually.

The new energy center is capable of producing more than 1,250 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 250,000 homes and businesses – roughly double the amount generated by the previous plant – without using any additional water or land.

"Innovative infrastructure, such as this clean energy center, is beneficial not only to the environment, but to Florida's economy as well," said Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. "Energy and cost-efficient technologies are attractive lures for business owners, entrepreneurs and consumers alike – an outcome which benefits all Floridians."

New energy center benefits local economy, environment

FPL's investment in the new energy center also brings with it important economic benefits for the local economy. At the peak of construction, more than 950 people were employed, the majority of whom were Floridians, giving an economic boost to numerous local businesses. FPL expects to provide approximately $25 million in new local tax revenue during the energy center's first year of operation and more than $350 million in tax revenue during its lifetime for Palm Beach County and local government services.

Approximately $8 million of the total tax revenue generated from the new energy center annually will benefit the Riviera Beach community.

"Your investment is arming us with increased capital to invest in our city's infrastructure and to change the economic fortunes of our residents by attracting and retaining businesses that create jobs for our local residents," said Tony Brown, executive director of the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

In addition to saving on fuel costs, the energy center's technology further improves FPL's emissions profile – already among the cleanest in the United States. The new facility generates power with half the rate of carbon dioxide emissions and more than 90 percent fewer air emissions, compared to the former Riviera Beach plant. Additionally, the energy center's administration building was built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and features rooftop solar panels.

Other investments in clean, efficient generation

The Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center is part of FPL's ongoing effort to modernize its power generation fleet in order to continue providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity for its customers. These investments, which are projected to save customers billions of dollars in fossil fuel costs, include:

  • Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center: In April 2013, FPL commissioned the new energy center, which replaced the 1960s-era power plant on the Space Coast.
  • Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center: The company dismantled the Port Everglades Plant in July 2013. It will be replaced by FPL's Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center, which is expected to enter service in June 2016.
  • St. Lucie and Turkey Point Nuclear Plant Uprate Project: In 2013, FPL completed the largest extended power uprate project in the country, adding more than 520 megawatts of new, zero-emissions energy through massive upgrades of its two nuclear power plants.

For more information, visit www.FPL.com/modernizations.

FPL to establish manatee education center for the public

During today's ceremony, FPL also unveiled renderings for its new manatee education center. Manatees have traditionally warmed themselves along Florida's coastline during the winter months near the outflow of water from power plants. The Key West-style center, situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, is scheduled to open in November 2015. To foster continued support for this endangered species, the center will include meeting rooms, educational exhibits, a boardwalk and manatee viewing area.

"For nearly 40 years, I have found FPL to be a great environmental partner, doing its part to safeguard endangered manatees that have sought out the warm waters of its power plants," said Patrick Rose, executive director of Save the Manatee Club.  "Establishing an education center on this site is another tremendous step they have taken to ensure that future generations of Floridians and more will understand and appreciate this endearing and defenseless endangered marine mammal."

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.7 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees as of year-end 2013. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential bill is the lowest among reporting electric utilities in Florida as of year-end 2013, and based on data available in July 2013, is about 28 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL delivered better than 99.98 percent service reliability as of year-end 2013. FPL has earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.

EDITORS NOTE: B-roll and other images from commissioning event are available through links below.

Video B-roll 
https://fpl.sharefile.com/download.aspx?id=s05e8b9ca2274baeb

Photo
http://fpl.photoshelter.com/gallery/FPL-Riviera-Beach-Clean-Energy-Center/G0000Lf.m79Xao4E

Password is: fpl

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120301/FL62738LOGO

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"Avere Systems is a hybrid cloud solution provider. We have customers that want to use cloud storage and we have customers that want to take advantage of cloud compute," explained Rebecca Thompson, VP of Marketing at Avere Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SaaS companies can greatly expand revenue potential by pushing beyond their own borders. The challenge is how to do this without degrading service quality. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director at Anexia, discussed how IaaS providers with a global presence and both virtual and dedicated infrastructure can help companies expand their service footprint with low “go-to-market” costs.
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, ...
Ovum, a leading technology analyst firm, has published an in-depth report, Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a DevOps Release Management Solution, 2016–17. The report focuses on the automation aspects of DevOps, Release Management and compares solutions from the leading vendors.
"This week we're really focusing on scalability, asset preservation and how do you back up to the cloud and in the cloud with object storage, which is really a new way of attacking dealing with your file, your blocked data, where you put it and how you access it," stated Jeff Greenwald, Senior Director of Market Development at HGST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
Continuous testing helps bridge the gap between developing quickly and maintaining high quality products. But to implement continuous testing, CTOs must take a strategic approach to building a testing infrastructure and toolset that empowers their team to move fast. Download our guide to laying the groundwork for a scalable continuous testing strategy.
As companies gain momentum, the need to maintain high quality products can outstrip their development team’s bandwidth for QA. Building out a large QA team (whether in-house or outsourced) can slow down development and significantly increases costs. This eBook takes QA profiles from 5 companies who successfully scaled up production without building a large QA team and includes: What to consider when choosing CI/CD tools How culture and communication can make or break implementation
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
"We formed Formation several years ago to really address the need for bring complete modernization and software-defined storage to the more classic private cloud marketplace," stated Mark Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...