Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 Project Update
Unanimous Approval by State of Florida Siting Board
In May of 2014, the Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 project received unanimous approval and certification by the State of Florida’s Siting Board, an important step forward as Florida Power & Light Company works to create the option for two new nuclear units at the existing Turkey Point nuclear site. The project includes the 2,200 MW nuclear power facilities and associated electrical transmission lines and other associated facilities. Once operational, it is projected to save FPL customers $173 billion in fossil fuel costs over a sixty-year operation period, with a savings of $644 million in the first year alone. Fuel savings based on 2014 projections.
The Siting Board considered a Recommended Order issued by Administrative Law Judge Donald R. Alexander, who presided over an eight-week long public hearing on the project in 2013. The hearing included six public comment sessions held throughout Miami-Dade County. On December 5, 2013, Judge D.L. Alexander issued his Recommended Order (RO), concluding the project met the Power Plant Siting Act’s criteria for certification.
Regarding transmission line corridors, the Siting Board certified FPL’s East Preferred Corridor, and the West Consensus Corridor. FPL’s West Preferred Corridor was also certified in the event that the West Consensus Corridor cannot be developed as expected. This transmission line routes were developed following years of engineering analysis, study, and active consultation with a variety of stakeholders. Based on this effort, the routes will be co-located – to the greatest extent possible – with existing lines and away from residential areas. A map of the corridors is below.
FPL continues to pursue the federal approvals for this project, which would be granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.