FPL and Brightline announce clean energy partnership
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has partnered with Brightline, the express intercity passenger train service that will run between West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, to provide clean biodiesel to fuel the trains. FPL, which has used clean, high-quality biodiesel as a fuel for its trucks for nearly two decades, will supply Brightline with 2 million gallons annually of a custom biodiesel blend under a two-year contract.
The collaboration kicked off with a “First Fueling” event at Brightline’s Workshop b in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
Biodiesel fuel is a cleaner-burning replacement produced from renewable sources like corn, soybeans and used cooking oil. It is cost-competitive and reduces engine wear, and can lower operations and maintenance costs.
Brightline trains are powered by Siemens Charger locomotives and equipped with fuel tanks designed to contain up to 2,200 gallons of fuel. Each trainset includes two locomotives and four passenger cars (‘Select’ and ‘Smart’ coaches). Projected consumption of the trains is 2 gallons of fuel per mile, which means the 67-mile one-way trip from Miami to West Palm Beach consumes 134 gallons.
For the past 18 years, FPL has used cleaner, high-quality biodiesel fuel in its vehicles, and it is now the primary fuel source for more than 1,750 vehicles in its fleet. Now, Brightline’s all-American trains will be running on a similar fuel.
“FPL has long been committed to energy independence and environmental stewardship,” said Sam Forrest, Vice President of Energy Marketing and Trading for FPL. “We’ve been tearing down old power plants to make way for new energy centers that run on clean, low-cost natural gas, and building new emissions-free solar energy centers that use 100 percent Florida sunshine. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Brightline to provide them with a cleaner, biodiesel-blended fuel for their trains.”