State-of-the-art plant features efficient technology and advanced environmental controls
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 6, 2016 – Fort Pierce residents can take comfort knowing that their electricity comes from one of the nation’s cleanest power plants.
Treasure Coast Energy Center was ranked as one of the cleanest plants of its kind in the nation, according to a recently-published study based on Environmental Protection Agency data. The plant’s efficient generating technology, advanced environmental controls and operational excellence all contribute to its exceptional environmental performance.
This is the third consecutive year and the fourth time in five years that the Treasure Coast Energy Center has been ranked in the top 20 lowest emitting combined cycle plants. No rankings were reported in 2011.
The natural gas-fueled plant is owned by Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and operated by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA). It is designed to generate 300 megawatts of electricity, enough to serve approximately 60,000 homes. Since beginning commercial operations in 2008, the unit has produced 13.2 million megawatt-hours and has operated 90% of the time when available.
Thanks to efficient units like Treasure Coast Energy Center, FMPA can generate each megawatt of electricity with less fuel, making electricity cleaner and more affordable. FMPA’s wholesale power costs to FPUA and 12 other municipal utilities have decreased 30% since 2009.
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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.