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SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

SACE Applauds Florida Power and Light’s Announcement to Phase Out Coal-Fired Power Plant

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Contact: Jeannie McKinney, SACE, jeannie@cleanenergy.org , 865-235-1448

Tampa, Fla. – Today, Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced plans to acquire the Cedar Bay generating plant in Jacksonville and to phase the coal plant out of service, aiming to reduce nearly 1 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. FPL claims the move will remove the plant from service nearly 8 years earlier than would have been planned otherwise and will save customers an estimated $70 million.

In response to today’s announcement, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energ,y made this statement:

“SACE applauds and supports FPL’s announcement to acquire and phase out the Cedar Bay generation plant. We believe it is always good news when a utility retires an inefficient coal plant and replaces it with cleaner generation.

This move will not only provide cleaner air and less carbon emissions, but it will also create more flexibility for the state of Florida to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Of course, there is always more to the story, and we have serious concerns about fuel diversity in Florida and FPL’s dependence on natural gas. We believe that FPL continues to underperform for its size with its commitment in Florida to solar, and we remain deeply concerned about their phasing out of any serious commitments to energy efficiency.”

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