Producing clean energy is personal for me

by William “Billy” Cavender

As a father of two young children, having affordable, reliable, clean energy is important to me now and in the future. And, I’m committed to doing my part to make Florida an innovative energy leader.

For the last 13 years, I’ve had the privilege to be part of the NextEra Energy family. Many of those years were spent supporting NextEra Energy Resources, the largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage.

Based on my experience, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime – to be part of the construction process and run one of the most efficient power plants in the world. What an opportunity it’s been!

Through hard work and dedication, the new FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center went into service on April 1. The plant was safely completed on time and on budget, and is producing reliable, clean energy for more than 350,000 Florida homes.  This state-of-the-art power plant represents the future of FPL and is part of our commitment to continuing to reduce dependence on foreign oil and allows us to use U.S.-produced natural gas.

Because the new Okeechobee plant is one of the cleanest, most efficient facilities of its kind in the world, that means savings for you and the environment. For example, this plant is approximately 35% more efficient and operates at less than one-tenth the cost of some of our older power plants, like two in Martin County, which were retired in late 2018.

And there is more to our clean energy story happening in Okeechobee County. We’re in the process of building a 74.5 megawatt solar site right next door to the plant, which is part of our plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030 in Florida.

I’m proud to be part of the FPL family, which includes building state-of-the-art natural gas power plants, coupled with our investments in solar energy and battery storage systems.

I’m also proud to tell my children, and hopefully their children, that their father played a role in doing everything possible to make Florida a leader in clean energy.

About the Author - William “Billy” Cavender

FPL-D2SmartGridPortE0975.jpgBilly is the plant general manager for the new Okeechobee Clean Energy Center, and oversees the safe operation of the power plant.