Every day, FPL is moving toward a cleaner energy future in Florida
We started 2021 by closing our coal-fired plant in Martin County, marking the historic end of coal in the company’s power generation operations. At the same time, Gulf Power, a division of FPL that serves customers in Northwest Florida, also ceased coal-fired power generation in Escambia County, converting the plant to run entirely on American-produced, cleaner natural gas. This reduces the plant’s carbon emission rate by 40% and marks the end of Gulf Power’s use of coal to generate energy in Florida.
This milestone is a culmination of our efforts in recent years to generate clean and affordable power for our customers. We’ve bought out old contracts and purchased existing coal-fired power plants for this sole purpose: shutting them down. We’re saving customers money while also eliminating carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, my team is overseeing the construction of universal solar energy centers, which are at the forefront of our bold 30-by-30 plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. Toward the end of last year, five new solar energy centers, consisting of 1.4 million solar panels, began providing our customers with zero-emissions energy. Put simply, FPL is leading one of the largest solar expansions anywhere in the country.
Even as FPL continues to be nationally regarded as one of the cleanest energy companies, with power generation coming from natural gas, nuclear, solar and batteries, our team continues to find innovative solutions for our customers. We recently began constructing the world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery storage facility in Manatee County. We have also announced our plans for a new “green hydrogen” pilot project, which is the product of harnessing some of the sun’s energy to power equipment that splits hydrogen and oxygen within water. This green hydrogen will be mixed with natural gas, generating electricity that is cleaner and could unlock an emissions-free energy future.
This is all a part of our never-ending commitment to creating a cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy future for our customers. Over the past two decades, that commitment has resulted in saving customers nearly $11 billion in fuel costs and eliminating more than 145 million tons of carbon dioxide. Our team is committed to maintaining this relentless focus on smart, long-term investments to meet the demands of a rapidly growing population and our unique position in the face of climate change.
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Vice President, FPL Development