At Florida Power & Light Company, we’ve reduced our use of oil to produce electricity by 98 percent – from more than 40 million barrels a year in 2001 to less than 1 million in 2012 - through investments in natural gas power. Natural gas is a clean fuel source that is abundantly available in the United States. Replacing imported oil with domestically produced natural gas makes good sense, keeping billions of dollars a year at home.
System-wide investments in fuel-efficient, natural gas-fired power plants are providing clean, reliable power and help keep FPL’s typical residential bills low by saving money for customers on fuel costs. However, today Florida has only two major natural gas pipelines to deliver fuel necessary to power central and southern Florida residents and businesses. Without increasing Florida’s natural gas pipeline capacity in the near future, there won’t be enough of the clean-burning fuel to meet the growing electricity needs of Floridians, which means more oil would have to be burned. A new pipeline system is the best option to meet future needs for FPL and its customers, and this critical investment in natural gas infrastructure will provide enormous benefits for all Floridians.
Earlier this year, FPL issued a request for proposals for new natural gas transportation capacity in Florida commencing in 2017. After a thorough evaluation of the proposals, FPL determined that the best, most economical solution is a combination of the Sabal Trail Transmission proposal advanced by Spectra Energy Corp for a new pipeline originating in southwestern Alabama and terminating at a new Central Florida Hub, and the proposal submitted by Florida Southeast Connection, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy, to connect the Central Florida Hub to FPL’s Martin Clean Energy Center.