FPL begins countdown to energy independence and demolition of Port Everglades
Demolition of 1960s-era Port Everglades Power Plant scheduled for July 16 will
be Florida's largest
JUNO BEACH, Fla., July 1, 2013
JUNO BEACH, Fla., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Just days after Floridians
celebrate our nation's independence on the Fourth of July with a bang, another
type of independence will be celebrated with a boom. Florida Power & Light
Company has officially started its countdown to energy independence in
anticipation of the exciting controlled-explosive demolition of the iconic red
and white smokestacks at the Port Everglades Power Plant. The July 16
demolition, the largest of its kind in Florida, will make way for a new, more
fuel-efficient plant that will run on clean, low-cost American natural gas,
instead of foreign oil. Port Everglades is the third power plant FPL will
demolish in three years as part of the company's strategy to modernize its
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FPL is working with Port Everglades, U.S. Coast Guard, Broward County
Sheriff's Office, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,
transportation and security officials along with residents and businesses in
the area to coordinate the demolition activities and ensure the safety of the
early-morning event and the surrounding community.
Traffic on Eller Drive and Eisenhower Boulevard will be stopped briefly during
the early-morning event so that motorists are not distracted or alarmed by the
visual spectacle of these large structures falling to the ground. The Coast
Guard and marine police will establish a perimeter in the waters around Port
Everglades and FPL's power plant to ensure that boaters do not enter the
safety exclusion zone. Access on land will be restricted around the FPL plant
and within the Port Everglades property. Law enforcement may extend the
restricted area to facilitate their control of pedestrian and vehicular
traffic the morning of the demolition.
The demolition contractor has taken great care to ensure safety and minimize
the vibrations caused by the controlled explosions. Cushioning berms will be
in place under the stacks and boilers to stagger their fall to the ground and
ensure that vibrations are well below regulatory guidelines. Anticipated
effects of the explosive demolition would be similar to an 18-wheeler truck
passing by. Likewise, the quantity of explosives to be detonated is being held
to a minimum to ensure that noise levels near the site are comparable to a
typical Florida thunderstorm.
How To Watch It
FPL has utilized a variety of channels to ensure the public in the surrounding
areas of Broward County are aware of the demolition, including communicating
through local news media and social media. Due to the plant's location near a
busy transportation and commerce center, along with major highways, FPL is not
hosting any public viewing events. However, the company is coordinating with
local media to share this historic event on television and will provide
updates on the company's Twitter (www.twitter.com/insideFPL) and Facebook
(www.facebook.com/FPLconnect) sites. Customers can also watch the 6:45 a.m.
demolition live at www.FPL.com/port. Extensive video footage from various
angles around the plant, including those from within the blast zone and from
the air, will be made available to the media and posted on www.FPL.com/port
following the demolition.
"We appreciate all of our partners' cooperation and understanding as we make
this a safe and exciting day in the history of our company and South Florida,"
said FPL President Eric Silagy. "This important investment has received broad
support from the community, environmentalists, business leaders and the
Florida Public Service Commission – all of whom recognize its significant
benefits – including fuel savings, reliability, reduced emissions, job
creation and increased tax revenue for the local community. We're excited to
demolish this old plant and take another step toward making us more energy
The new $1.2 billion Port Everglades facility will generate power using 35
percent less fuel per megawatt-hour and help keep customer bills low. By using
natural gas, and less of it, every dollar FPL saves in fuel is a dollar that
remains in customers' pockets. Over its 30-year operational life, the plant's
improved efficiency will produce more than $400 million in net savings for
customers, helping to keep electric bills low.
The project will also create an estimated 650 direct jobs and another 1,000
indirect jobs during the height of construction. In the first full year of
operation, this investment will deliver approximately $20 million in new tax
revenue for local governments and schools.
By rebuilding this plant with the latest technology, FPL's environmental
profile – already among the best in the United States – will further improve.
Compared to the existing plant, the new plant will cut the carbon dioxide
emissions rate in half and reduce air emissions by more than 90 percent.
That's the equivalent of removing about 46,000 cars from the road each year.
The new energy center will require no additional cooling water or land and
will utilize existing transmission infrastructure facilities.
FPL's investments in fuel efficient power plants that run on clean, low-cost
American natural gas have reduced the company's use of foreign oil by 98
percent since 2001. Port Everglades will be the third power plant that FPL has
demolished in three years that will be replaced with a new, clean energy
center. Combined, these efforts are making America more energy independent.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility
in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric
utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2012. During the five-year period ended December 31, 2012, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities. As of year-end 2012, its typical residential customer bills are the
lowest in Florida, and based on data available in July 2012, are about 26
percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the
lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs
among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.
SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
Contact: Florida Power and Light Co., Media Line: (561) 694-4442
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