Seminole Electric Cooperative

From Global Energy Monitor
Seminole Electric Cooperative
TypeRegional and Municipal Cooperative
Headquarters16313 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
Area servedFL
Key peopleTimothy S. Woodbury, General Manager
IndustryElectric Producer & Distributor
Revenue$1.21 billion (2007)[1]
Net income $10.8 million (2007)[1]
Employees484 (2007)

Seminole Electric Cooperative operates as an electric power and energy generation and transmission cooperative in Florida.

The company’s primary resources include Seminole Generating Station, comprising two coal-fired generating facilities near Palatka, Florida with approximately 650 megawatts of net output per unit; and Payne Creek Generating Station in Hardee County, Florida, which is a 500 megawatt combined cycle plant that uses natural gas as its primary fuel source. Its generation portfolio also includes 54 megawatts of renewable energy resources. These resources include a 35 megawatt waste-to-energy facility, a 12 megawatt biomass (wood chip) plant, and a seven megawatt landfill gas plant.

The company was incorporated in 1948 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.[2]

Power portfolio

Out of its total 2,016 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.19% of the U.S. total), Seminole Electric produced 70.9% from coal and 29.1% from natural gas. All of Seminole Electric's power plants are in Florida.[3]

Existing coal-fired power plants

Seminole Electric owned 1 coal-fired power plant in 2005, with 1,429 MW of capacity:[3][4][5]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Seminole FL Putnam 1984, 1985 1429 MW 8,710,000 tons 22,773 tons

Coal lobbying

Seminole Electric Cooperative is a member of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), an umbrella lobbying group for all coal ash interests that includes major coal burners Duke Energy, Southern Company and American Electric Power as well as dozens of other companies. The group argues that the so-called "beneficial-use industry" would be eliminated if a "hazardous" designation was given for coal ash waste.[6]

ACAA set up a front group called Citizens for Recycling First, which argues that using toxic coal ash as fill in other products is safe, despite evidence to the contrary.[6]

Seminole 3 Cancelled

On December 18, 2009, Seminole Electric Cooperative announced that it was abandoning plans to build the Seminole 3 plant, a third, 750 MW coal plant that had been planned for the same site as the existing two units (650 MW each) at Seminole Generating Station. Company spokesman Jeff Fela cited "uncertain regulatory and legal environment."[7]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 2008 Seminole Facts Digest, Seminole Electric Cooperative website, accessed Aug. 2008.
  2. Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc., BusinessWeek Company Insight Center, accessed Aug. 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  4. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  5. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed Aug. 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.
  7. Chris DeVitto, "Seminole pulls plug on 3rd unit," Palatka Daily News, 12/19/09

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