Natural gas is a clean, domestic fuel source that is abundantly available in the United States. Using imported oil to generate electricity is roughly five times more expensive than using natural gas. In addition, investing in domestic natural gas instead of foreign oil keeps money here at home.
Investments in fuel-efficient, natural gas-fired energy centers provide clean, reliable power and help keep FPL’s typical residential bills low. FPL’s West County Energy Center, which began serving customers in 2009, is one of the largest and cleanest plants of its kind in the U.S. FPL is also modernizing three 1960s-era power plants by replacing old oil-burning plants with state-of-the-art, natural gas-fired Next Generation Clean Energy Centers. Located in Cape Canaveral, Riviera Beach, and Port Everglades, these advanced power plants will be 33 percent more fuel-efficient and 90 percent cleaner than the facilities they replace.
Currently, FPL uses roughly 1.5 billion to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to power customers. Looking across the state, Florida utilities consumed an average of almost 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in 2012 – for a total annual consumption of more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Using domestic natural gas instead of foreign oil to generate power is saving FPL customers billions of dollars on fuel. In fact, since 2001 customers have saved more than $6.5 billion on fuel through FPL’s efficient natural gas power plants. By bringing online additional efficient, cleaner power plants in the next few years, customers will continue to save money on fuel costs.