FMPA Power Plant Completes Third Year of Exceptional Performance

Electricity generation exceeds performance expectations, saves money for customers

ORLANDO, Fla., June 1, 2011 – Florida Municipal Power Agency’s power plant located in St. Lucie County, Fla., completed its third year of operation yesterday with another outstanding year of producing low-cost, reliable power.

Treasure Coast Energy Center Unit 1, a 300 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, generates enough electricity to serve approximately 60,000 homes in the 14 cities served by FMPA’s All-Requirements Project. Since beginning commercial operation in 2008, the generating unit has consistently exceeded performance expectations. Among its outstanding performance measures:

  • Unit 1 has produced 4.9 million megawatt hours of electricity.
  •  Unit 1 has operated 97% of the time it has been available for service.
  • Unit 1 has been off-line for repairs for only 123 hours of the 26,280 hours it has been in operation, less than one percent of the time.

“This unit is a workhorse in FMPA’s generation fleet because it’s one of our most economical and reliable units,” said General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. “After three years of operation, the unit continues to exceeded performance expectations and produce savings for our cities.”

Treasure Coast energy Center is wholly owned by FMPA’s All-Requirements Project and is operated under contract by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. The cities served by Unit 1 include Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala and Starke.

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Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 30 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately two million Floridians.

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