Replacing an aged, oil-powered plant from the 1960s, Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) recently launched operations for Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center, its third energy-efficient facility in South Florida.
"The Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center is yet another demonstration of our commitment to dramatically reducing our dependence on foreign oil, while at the same time, delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy for our customers," Eric Silagy, FPL’s president and CEO, said.
FPL’s project spawned over 900 construction jobs in Broward County to benefit the local economy. With the undertaking completed early, the site was able to commence functioning April 1. FPL invested approximately $1.2 billion, razing the old power plant in 2013 and erecting the new facility on the same site.
"This facility is the equivalent of taking a car from the 1960s and replacing it with a hybrid, which is more fuel efficient and produces less emissions,” Silagy said. “This energy center is one more example of how the nearly 9,000 employees of FPL are working hard each and every day to ensure our customers benefit from electric bills that are among the lowest in the state and 30 percent below the national average."
Benefits of the newly upgraded resource include 90 percent reduction in air emissions and a 50 percent slash in carbon dioxide emissions.
"Hollywood is proud to be the home of FPL's newest state-of-the-art, high efficiency, natural gas energy center in Port Everglades,” Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober said. “The center will benefit the City of Hollywood for years to come by providing reliable, domestically produced, clean energy… [and] new tax revenue in the years ahead."