Indiantown Cogen power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Indiantown Cogen power station is a retired 395.4-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station near Indiantown, Florida.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the now retired power station in Indiantown, Florida, east of Lake Okeechobee in Martin County.

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Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Florida Power & Light
  • Owner/Parent Company: NextEra Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 395.4 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 395.4 MW (1995)
  • Location: Indiantown, Florida
  • GPS Coordinates: 27.0392611, -80.5147444
  • Technologie: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Zigmond Processing (Alpha Coal)[1]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: The plant was retired on December 31, 2020.[2]

Scheduled Retirement

According to plant owner Florida Power & Light (FPL)'s Ten Year Power Plant Site Plan (2018-2027), the coal plant is planned for retirement in First Quarter 2020, because power from the coal plant "is no longer cost-effective for FPL’s customers."[3]

According to FPL and Gulf Power's Ten Year Power Plant Site Plan (2020-2029), the retirement is postponed to December 2020.[4]

Background

The Indiantown Generating Plant, located in Martin County, Florida, is a 395-megawatt (net) cogeneration facility fueled by pulverized coal. Its electricity output — enough for approximately 330,000 homes — is sold under contract to Florida Power and Light Company. The plant also supplies up to 745 million pounds of steam per year to a citrus processing plant owned by Caulkins Indiantown Citrus Company. It entered commercial service in December 1995.[5]

Purchase by FPL

In October 2016 Florida Power & Light bought Indiantown Cogen power station for $451 million from Calypso Energy Holdings. FPL plans to immediately reduce the plant's operations, so that it operates no more than about 5 percent of the time, with the intention of eventually phasing the plant out of service.[6]

In 1991, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a long-term purchased-power agreement between FPL and the Indiantown Cogeneration L.P. facility that does not expire until 2025. The contract was based on the cost of power at the time; however, FPL can currently generate electricity at a much lower cost. The utility said it will save $129 million over the next nine years as a result of the purchase.[6]

After the expected addition of a new natural gas pipeline system into Florida in 2017 and with the gas-fired Okeechobee Energy Center entering service in 2019, FPL believes that the Indiantown Cogeneration plant will no longer be economic and plans to retire the facility years sooner than it otherwise would have been.[6]

The last coal delivery to the plant was in August 2017 and the last natural gas in 2018, according to the EIA 923 database.[7]

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "EIA 923," EIA, 2017.
  2. "FPL shuts down its last coal-fired plant in Florida and converting another to natural gas". Power Engineering. 2021-01-13.
  3. Ten Year Power Plant Site Plan (2018-2027), Florida Power & Light, April 2018
  4. "Ten Year Power Plant Site Plan 2020 – 2029" Gulfpower.com, page 22, accessed May 2020.
  5. "Indiantown generating plant," National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc., accessed Nov 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "FPL announces plans to buy and phase out another coal-fired power plant, saving customers millions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of carbon emissions," FPL, June 20, 2016
  7. "Form EIA-923 detailed data with previous form data," EIA database, accessed May 2020.

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