Florida Power and Light has announced that it will add another 1.5 gigawatts of solar PV throughout the state over the next six years as part of a long-term plan filed with state regulators. The expansion will be more than double the the 600 MW of projects that are already underway. As part of its plant, FPL also plans to retire an older, less efficient gas plant in Broward County and has reached a preliminary agreement to shut down a 1.25 gigawatt coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville, jointly owned with Jacksonville Electric Authority. By 2023, when all of the plants are built, FPL expects that solar will represent 4 percent of its energy mix. The utility also says it expects its resource plan to lead to net lifetime savings for customers of roughly $39 million.
- World abandoning coal-fired electricity
- “It’s purely economic. The plant guys tried everything they could to keep it open, but it was a money loser. In a competitive market, you’ve got to take these steps. This is a coal plant operating in a market that’s flooded with cheap natural gas.”
- Economics, not regs., are waging a war on coal
- Xcel Energy to retire coal-fired plants, increase renewables
- Coal-fired power plant jobs continue to fade
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