FPL's Riviera Plant: A Half Century of Service
| Producing electricity | Cooling
system | Other environmental safeguards
Built in 1946, the Riviera power plant continues to help meet the
growing energy demands of FPL's customers.
Riviera's two generating units - 3 and 4 - are capable of producing
580 megawatts of electricity. (Unit 1 was retired in 1985 and unit
2 is on long-term reserve shutdown). Both units burn either natural
gas or fuel oil to produce electricity. The plant produces enough
electricity to supply approximately 136,360 customers.
On an average day, about 470 million gallons of water are drawn
from Lake Worth for use in the plant's cooling system. The water
is returned, only slightly warmed, to the lake.
Other environmental safeguards
In addition to offering a protective habitat for manatees, FPL's
Riviera plant is designed to protect the environment in other ways.
- operating a Continuous Emissions Monitoring System to track
and help minimize emissions 24 hours a day
- building special barricades and drainage systems to minimize
the effects of spills, and maintaining a highly trained oil spill
response team and
- performing a voluntary on-site cleanup that removed approximately
76,000 tons of soil mixed with ash and fuel oil.