Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) yesterday formally commissioned its Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center – one of the cleanest, most energy-efficient plants in the nation. Over its operational lifetime, the new, fuel-efficient plant is expected to provide FPL customers with hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel and other savings. The company also announced plans for the construction of a new manatee education center that will be built on the energy center site – the first of its kind in the company’s 35-county service area.
“The Riviera Beach 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 electricity for all of our customers,” said Eric Silagy, president of FPL.
Importantly, we completed this clean energy center early and under budget, saving our customers money in the process. It’s one more example of how the 9,000 employees of FPL are working hard each and every day to ensure FPL customers continue to benefit from electric bills that are the lowest in the state and 25 percent below the national average.
FPL invested approximately $1.3 billion to build the new energy center on the same site in Palm Beach County where a 1960s-era oil-burning plant was dismantled in 2011. Construction was completed two months ahead of schedule, allowing the plant to officially enter commercial operation on April 1.
By using clean, low-cost American natural gas to provide electricity to its 4.7 million customers, FPL has reduced its use of foreign oil by more than 99 percent – dropping from more than 40 million barrels in 2001 to fewer than 1 million barrels annually.
The new energy center is capable of producing more than 1,250 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 250,000 homes and businesses – roughly double the amount generated by the previous plant – without using any additional water or land.