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About St. Lucie

St. Lucie Plant
St. Lucie Plant

Quick facts

  • Located on Hutchinson Island about eight miles southeast of Ft. Pierce
  • Two nuclear power units:
    • Unit 1 began operation in 1976
    • Unit 2 following in 1983
  • Generates about 1,700 million watts of electricity -- enough power to supply the annual needs of more than 500,000 homes
  • Reactor manufacturer - Combustion Engineering
  • Turbine Generator Manufacturer - Westinghouse
  • A safe, reliable and low-cost producer of electricity


Plant milestones


Unit 1

Unit 2

Construction permit

July 1970

May 1977

Full-power operating license

March 1976

April 1983

Commercial operations

June 1976

August 1983

Renewed operating licenses received from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission October 2003 October 2003


Come visit us

St. Lucie Plant opened a visitors' center called the Energy Encounter in 1990. More than 450,000 visitors have toured the center, which contains interactive, educational exhibits on

  • energy
  • electricity and
  • nuclear power.


The facility hosts about 15,000 students annually on field trips, providing guided tours and free, hands-on science programs.

For more information on these activities, please call toll-free, 1-877-FPL-4FUN (1-877-375-4386).

FPL’s E4 Online is an educational and entertaining experience allowing you to explore a virtual visitors’ center with four main online rooms and a dozen different interactive exhibits.


Environmental stewardship

Three-fourths of the St. Lucie Plant property remain in its natural state of

  • mangroves
  • beaches and
  • swamps.


There are about 180 species of birds and animals that inhabit the St. Lucie Plant property in our wildlife preserve. Of these, 36 are endangered or threatened.

Sea turtles return annually to nest on isolated plant beaches. We are committed to

  • protecting sea turtles and assisting research institutions in data collection
  • providing nesting surveys since 1971 on 21 miles of adjacent beach property, and
  • conducting turtle walks for the public during the summer to observe nesting sea turtles.


Turtle walks have been held since 1989 to increase awareness of sea turtle conservation issues. More than 1,000 people attend these events annually.

At E4 Online see a preview presentation of Nuclear Power: Safe for the Environment, a video at FPL’s Energy Encounter.

Frequently asked questions

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