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Florida regulators on Jan. 5 approved the 1,600-MW Okeechobee Clean Energy Center under development by NextEra Energy subsidiary Florida Power & Light (FPL) near Vero Beach. The plant will be the fifth advanced combined cycle power plant FPL has commissioned since 2009.

The three-unit Okeechobee plant will join the 1,335-MW 3,750-MW [Ed.-Corrected 1/14/16] West County Energy Center near Palm Beach, which began operations in 2009; the 1,295-MW Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center (a POWER 2013 Top Plant); the 1,250-MW Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center, which came online in 2014; and the 1,250-MW Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center, which will come online later this year. The last three replaced obsolete oil- and gas-fired thermal plants on the same sites.

Okeechobee Clean Energy Center to Employ GE’s New HA Turbines

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) gave the green light for the $1.3 billion project to proceed on Jan. 5, agreeing with FPL that the new capacity was needed. FPL says the new plant should begin construction in 2017 and operations some time in 2019.

“The FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center represents another major milestone in our successful program of phasing out older power-generating units and investing in new, high-efficiency clean energy centers that reduce emissions and save our customers money on fuel costs,” FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said in a statement.

According to FPL’s application with the PSC, the 3-on-1 plant will employ three of GE’s new air-cooled 7HA turbines, which the company began rolling out last year. The three 7HA.02 turbines, which are rated at 337 MW each according to GE, will feed a single 550-MW steam turbine. The HA turbines are designed for high efficiency and fast ramping.

The new plants have helped FPL substantially reduce its fuel costs and carbon emissions. FPL said its customers have saved $8 billion since 2001 as a result of the modernization of its fleet.

“Not only is the FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center the most cost-effective option for meeting Florida’s future energy needs, it will also help us keep our customers’ bills low for the long term and further reduce emissions from our system, which is already among the cleanest and most affordable in the nation,” Silagy said.

Florida regulators on Jan. 5 approved the 1,600-MW Okeechobee Clean Energy Center under development by NextEra Energy subsidiary Florida Power & Light (FPL) near Vero Beach. The plant will be the fifth advanced combined cycle power plant FPL has commissioned since 2009.

The three-unit Okeechobee plant will join the 1,335-MW 3,750-MW [Ed.-Corrected 1/14/16] West County Energy Center near Palm Beach, which began operations in 2009; the 1,295-MW Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center (a POWER 2013 Top Plant); the 1,250-MW Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center, which came online in 2014; and the 1,250-MW Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center, which will come online later this year. The last three replaced obsolete oil- and gas-fired thermal plants on the same sites.

Okeechobee Clean Energy Center to Employ GE’s New HA Turbines

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) gave the green light for the $1.3 billion project to proceed on Jan. 5, agreeing with FPL that the new capacity was needed. FPL says the new plant should begin construction in 2017 and operations some time in 2019 (Figure 1).

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