September 13, 2004
Special Notice: Turkey Point expansion hearing continued twice due to hurricanes Frances and Ivan
MIAMI – A site certification hearing for FPL’s Turkey Point expansion proposal, originally scheduled for Sept. 7, has been continued twice by the administrative law judge overseeing the project due to the arrival of Hurricane Frances and the threat of Hurricane Ivan. The hearing is now scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Miami Marriott Dadeland Hotel, 9090 South Dadeland Blvd. It is anticipated that a public comment period will be held around 5 p.m.
FPL has been working with multiple government and regulatory agencies over the past year to share information about the project and earn the approvals that are needed to build an environmentally-advanced natural gas-fired power plant at an existing power plant site near Florida City in south Miami-Dade County.
During the hearing, an administrative law judge will hear testimony from FPL and others regarding the construction and operating plans for the new unit, as well as the efforts FPL has made to minimize environmental impacts. A positive recommendation from the judge, approval by the governor and Cabinet and permits from the DEP/EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers are needed for FPL to begin construction in 2005. The company hopes to put the new unit into service in mid-2007 to meet the growing demand for electricity in southeast Florida and elsewhere in the state. The Florida Public Service Commission also reviewed the project in June in a “need determination” hearing and found the project to be the best and most cost-effective option to meet FPL growth and customers’ need for additional electricity.