Riviera Beach, Fla., June 20, 2011 — After serving Floridians for almost half a century, the twin red-and-white-striped, 300-foot-tall stacks and 7,500-ton boilers at Florida Power and Light Co.'s power plant in Riviera Beach were taken down in preparation for the construction of FPL's Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the new power plant will use high-efficiency, combined-cycle natural gas technology to produce up to 1,250 MW of electricity, or enough power for about 250,000 of FPL's 4.5 million customers.
FPL is investing more than $1 billion to build the new facility, which will generate power with 33 percent less fuel per MWh and less emissions than the former plant. Over its 30-year operational lifetime, FPL's Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center is expected to produce net savings of hundreds of millions of dollars for FPL customers.
FPL's Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center will feature three sleeker stacks, about half as high as those taken down today in a controlled demolition. Watch the iconic stacks be reduced to rubble at http://www.youtube.com/FPL.
Compared to the former plant, the new plant will cut the carbon dioxide emissions rate in half and generate power with more than 90 percent fewer air emissions without using any additional water or land.
For decades, the warm waters near the site have served as a safe haven for the endangered Florida manatee during the winter. The new energy center will feature an observation area to allow the public to view the manatees free of charge.
FPL's investment will also produce direct and indirect economic benefits for the surrounding area. Construction of the plant will create an estimated 650 direct jobs at peak construction and support numerous local businesses.
FPL's construction contractor, Zachry Industrial, tries to use local labor and other resources when practical and cost effective. And in the plant's first full year of operation, it is expected to deliver $7 million to $9 million in new tax revenue for the city of Riviera Beach and over $20 million in new tax revenues in total.
In addition, the plant's administration building will be built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and will feature rooftop solar panels and an electric car recharging station.