|Nuclear power plants operate in much the same way as other power plants: Water is heated and turned into steam using a fuel source, and in turn the steam drives a turbine that produces electricity.|
In conventional power plants, the fuel is often coal, natural gas or oil. Burning those fuels causes air pollution such as carbon, sulfur and nitrogen oxides.
In a nuclear power plant, the fuel is uranium, and instead of burning it, we use a process called "nuclear fission"— splitting one atom into two. When a uranium atom is split, it expels neutrons, producing the heat required to generate steam.
Using that steam, FPL's nuclear power plants are able to create enough emissions-free, reliable power for nearly 1.9 million Florida homes.