I think we all approach a new year with a sense of anticipation and excitement about what’s to come. For us here at FPL, we’re excited about each new day because it’s a chance to continue making a difference.
For us, this means not only making sure that when you flip the switch the lights go on, but also working to keep your bill the lowest in the state and offering ways for you to save even more. At the same time, it means doing our part to support the energy needs of Florida today, and in the years that follow.
For the past eighty-seven years, we’ve had the privilege of powering Florida and contributing to its evolving history – from meeting the growing needs of our state’s early generations to fueling Florida’s future in 2013 and beyond.
Fired up for the future
Today, we’re energized by the many signs of progress already underway.
Just a few weeks ago, we fired up the turbines at our new natural-gas powered Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center for the very first time.
This exciting milestone marks tremendous progress since we tore down the 1960s-era smokestacks that stood in its place only two years earlier. This new plant, which will begin providing power to you this summer, will use advanced combined-cycle technology that will bring with it a host of benefits for our customers.
The technology will cut by one third the amount of fuel we need to burn to generate electricity. Because of this fuel efficiency, we expect that the new plant will more than pay for itself with fuel savings, estimated at more than $1 billion over its 30-year life, helping us to continue to provide you reliable, clean power and the lowest electric bill in Florida.
Clear skies ahead
Additionally, there will be a considerable improvement in the skies overhead, as the new plant will cut air emissions by 90 percent. The cleaner plant will also cut in half the CO2 emissions rate — the equivalent of removing 46,000 cars from the road every year over the life of the plant!
Reaching for energy independence
Cape Canaveral is the first in a series of plant modernizations already on their way. By tearing down older, inefficient plants and replacing them with cleaner more efficient ones that use U.S.-produced natural gas, we’ve already reduced our dependence on oil by 97 percent–but, we’re not stopping there. We won’t be satisfied until we achieve 100 percent energy independence from foreign oil.
Continuing to make our plants more efficient will help us get there. Just down the coast from Cape Canaveral, we’re actively constructing a more efficient facility in Riviera Beach to replace the older one. Like Cape Canaveral, this plant will be cleaner and more efficient than the one it’s replacing, which will help to keep your electric bills low for years to come. We’ll also be tearing down our old Port Everglades plant this year to continue paving the way for a cleaner, more efficient energy future.
Any day we can work to secure a reliable and affordable energy future for Florida’s families and businesses is a day that’s worth getting excited about. In this new year and beyond, we’ll continue trying to make a difference by working to keep your bill the lowest in the state and always looking for new ways to serve you better. It’s our commitment to you today and tomorrow.
Best wishes from all of us here at FPL for a very happy and exciting New Year.
- Tim Fitzpatrick