Tampa, FL, Mar. 13, 2006 — Seminole Electric Co-op Inc. (SECI) filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) for a Certificate of Need to build a third coal unit at the Seminole Generating Station (SGS) in Putnam County, Florida.
A Site Certification Application for the unit was filed March 9, with Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
The 1300 megawatt (MW) SGS currently provides 56% of the energy requirements of SECI’s 10 member systems. The 750 MW Unit 3 will go into commercial service May 1, 2012, to meet a portion of the Co-op’s forecast power supply needs.
Seminole is a wholesale energy supplier that serves its members through owned capacity and purchased power agreements. Seminole’s 10 member systems together serve an estimated 1.6 million individuals and businesses in 46 of Florida’s 67 counties, from the Georgia border to the Everglades, comprising the state’s third largest group of energy consumers.
The Unit 3 filings follow a comprehensive evaluation of power purchase proposals from other companies, solicited through a competitive bidding process conducted last year. Seminole’s evaluation showed that expansion of the SGS is its most cost effective option for this capacity.
The $1.4 billion project will use boiler and control technologies designed for increased efficiency and reduced emissions. The project includes more than $250 million in new emission controls on the station’s existing units (1 and 2) and will increase the station’s generating capacity by 60% with no net increase in total emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and mercury.
Seminole concurrently is working with the Rural Utilities Service to meet federal review requirements that apply to RUS financed projects.