Florida Needs a New Pipeline System
A third major pipeline system is essential to meet Florida’s growing need for natural gas to generate electricity. Florida uses more natural gas than any state other than Texas to generate electricity, with about 68 percent of the power Floridians use generated by natural gas power plants. However, unlike Texas and many other states, Florida has only minimal natural gas production, no storage capabilities, and its two major pipelines serving central and southern Florida are nearing full capacity. A new pipeline system will meet Florida’s need for additional natural gas.
A new, third major pipeline system will also improve the reliability of the state’s critical natural gas transportation system and expand access to onshore sources, helping reduce the state’s exposure to the Gulf of Mexico and supply interruptions caused by tropical weather or other events. Creating a hub or interchange in Central Florida to interconnect the new pipeline system with the existing pipelines will further improve reliability and supply diversity.
This critical investment in natural gas infrastructure will provide enormous benefits for Floridians. Construction of this multibillion-dollar investment in the state’s infrastructure will support an estimated 8,600 jobs, and local schools and governments will benefit from the millions of dollars in increased tax revenue. The new pipeline system and interconnection hub will also benefit other Florida electricity producers and their customers by helping ensure reliable access to low-cost, clean-burning, domestic fuel.
A new, third major pipeline system will meet the state’s growing need for natural gas, improve the reliability of the state’s natural gas transportation system, and expand access to onshore sources.