Progress Energy to revamp Pasco plant

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Pointing to new air-emissions standards, Progress Energy Florida announced plans Thursday for a $79 million project that will lead to using only natural gas at a Pasco County power plant, reports the News Service of Florida. The Anclote Power Plant burns oil and natural gas, but it will be converted next year to use only gas. The St. Petersburg-based utility said in a news release that the project will help comply with federal standards aimed at reducing emissions of toxic substances such as mercury. With natural gas prices relatively low, Progress said the project also will reduce fuel costs that are passed along to customers. The 1,000-megawatt plant, near Holiday, began operating in the 1970s.

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