Fort Pierce Power Plant Achieves Reliability Milestone
Treasure Coast Energy Center celebrates reliable, efficient operations
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 6, 2013 – Electric customers in 14 Florida cities enjoyed reliable, more affordable electricity thanks, in part, to a power plant in Fort Pierce, Fla., that just reached a milestone for performance.
The natural gas-fueled power plant, known as Treasure Coast Energy Center, recently completed 175 days of continuous operation, generating more than 945 million kilowatt-hours of electricity during its run. This is the longest the plant has operated continuously since it entered service in May 2008. The plant has consistently exceeded performance expectations. It has operated 98% of the time it has been available for service and maintained a 0.5% forced outage factor (the probability that the unit will not be available for service).
Treasure Coast Energy Center generates 300 megawatts, enough electricity to serve approximately 60,000 homes in the 14 communities served by the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) All-Requirements Project. The plant is operated under contract by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA).
“Treasure Coast Energy Center’s excellent reliability and efficiency makes it a truly valuable asset to the communities it serves,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello.
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Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 31 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.