Florida Power & Light plans to make $822 million in power-plant upgrades to comply with federal clean-air standards and will seek to recover costs from customers, according to a filing last week at the Florida Public Service Commission via the News Service of Florida.
The upgrades would help the utility meet a new federal nitrogen-dioxide emissions standard, which would particularly affect what are known as “peaking generating units” that operate at certain times to meet high electricity demands. The filing, dated Friday, says the project would involve installing efficient combustion turbines at plants in Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers.
Under state law, utilities can seek approval from the Public Service Commission to recover costs for such environmental-compliance projects. The filing says, in part, that “this environmental compliance project will result in the construction and operation of some of the cleanest and most efficient peaking units in Florida, while also providing significant public welfare benefits, including the creation of hundreds of jobs at peak construction.”