FLORIDA PSC APPROVES FPL, US ECOGEN CONTRACTS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The Florida Public Service Commission and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 
CONTACT: (850) 413-6482 
PSC Approves FPL, US EcoGen Contracts 
TALLAHASSEE --The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today
approved Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) contracts with
U.S. EcoGen, LLC (US EcoGen) to purchase renewable power.   U.S.
EcoGen plans to construct three biomass facilities in
Okeechobee, Clay, and Martin Counties, with service expected to
begin in 2019. 
“These biomass contracts will create jobs for Floridians, help
FPL diversify its fuel supply, and save customers money,” said
PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “System reliability will also be
enhanced, and the contracts help defer the need to construct
additional plants generated by fossil fuels.” 
According to PSC analyses, the three plants are projected to
produce a total of 180 megawatts--enough electricity to power
30,000 to 50,000 homes--and will save FPL customers an estimated
$90 million over the life of the plants.  More than 140 direct
and indirect jobs will be needed to operate each facility during
the 30-year contract terms. Eucalyptus will be the dedicated
energy crop for the US EcoGen biomass systems. 
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com. 
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