St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant Celebrates 40 Years
FMPA’s St. Lucie Project Has Served Members Since 1983
LUCIE COUNTY, Fla., August 14, 2023 – Today, Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) celebrates 40 years of helping to provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity to members through our participation as minority owner in St. Lucie Unit No. 2 nuclear power plant.
St. Lucie Unit No. 2 is part of Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) two-unit nuclear generating station located in St. Lucie County. It began commercial operation in 1983 and currently generates 984 megawatts of power. FMPA’s participation provides carbon free, nuclear-generated energy to more than 370,000 customers in the 18 communities who receive power from FMPA’s St. Lucie Project.
The St. Lucie Project, FMPA’s first power supply project, came to fruition in February 1982, when the Agency purchased an 8.8 percent ownership share of St. Lucie Unit 2. The project serves 18 cities: Alachua, Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Homestead, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth Beach, Leesburg, Moore Haven, New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Ocala and Starke.
“We are proud to celebrate 40 years of power production with the St. Lucie Project, FMPA’s inaugural power supply project,” said Jacob Williams, CEO and general manager at FMPA. “Member cities that are part of the St. Lucie Project have come to expect reliable and affordable electricity for their residents, and for 40 years, we have helped deliver on those expectations.”
St. Lucie Unit No. 2 is currently the lowest cost resource for FMPA members. Since operations began in 1983, the St. Lucie power plant has achieved a capacity factor of 83.7%. The unit extended its license until 2043, a twenty-year extension from the original license. The unit also underwent efficiency improvements in 2012, increasing its output from 833 MW to 984 MW.