December 16, 2003
provides an update on the Turkey Point expansion proposal to plant
Dear Friend and Neighbor,
All of us at Florida Power & Light Company appreciate the
interest you expressed in hearing more about our proposed expansion
at the existing Turkey Point power plant site in Miami-Dade County.
As we promised the community when we announced this potential project
in August, we will be writing periodically to update you on activities
and making personal visits and local presentations to share information
and hear what you have to say.
As you know, our proposal is to add a new, environmentally-advanced,
natural gas-fired generating unit to our existing 11,000-acre power
plant site near Florida City. The new generating unit would help
us respond to the significant growth occurring in southeast Florida,
particularly in Miami-Dade County, and help correct an imbalance
between customer demand and our existing resources in this region.
If this project is determined to be the most reliable, best and
most cost-effective option for FPL’s customers, it would
be capable of providing electricity to serve an additional 230,000
homes and businesses in 2007.
Just as we have with our other projects, we will be seeking community
input and sharing information as we pursue the final resource selection
and the regulatory review and approvals we need to implement our
capacity expansion plans.
You may be interested to know that we recently initiated a state-mandated,
multi-agency review process that the Turkey Point proposal would
need to follow during the next year to year and a half. As part
of that process, and others, we are continuing to meet with agency
representatives who are responsible for reviewing our proposal.
Among those with whom we will consult are representatives of the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, South Florida Water
Management District, South Florida Regional Planning Council, Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Department of Community Affairs, Florida Department of Transportation,
National Park Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
And, of course, we want to meet with all interested local groups
and citizens. In each of our meetings, we look forward to hearing
and understanding your views, interests and priorities, so that
to the extent practicable, we can incorporate them into our plans
for providing electricity to meet future growth.
Again, we would like to thank you for your interest. We currently
have a local team of FPL employees who are preparing to provide
presentations and continue our dialogue with residents. We hope
to begin this effort shortly after the first of the year. In the
meantime, if you would like to request a presentation for your
club or organization, or if you have any questions or comments,
please feel free to call us at 1-866-362-4888 or visit us at www.FPL.com/turkeypoint
where we will continue to add information that people tell us is
On behalf of all of us at FPL – we wish you and your family
a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and a great New Year.
Turkey Point Plant Manager
External Affairs Manager