FPL Seeks Approval of Biomass Energy Plan
Dec. 27, 2012 — Florida Power & Light is asking state regulators to approve a proposal that would eventually lead to the utility buying electricity from renewable-energy plants in Clay, Martin and Okeechobee counties. FPL last week filed documents with the state Public Service Commission to seek approval of contracts with subsidiaries of U.S. EcoGen, LLC. The documents indicate that FPL would buy energy produced at three U.S. EcoGen plants that would use biomass as fuel. The documents indicate U.S. EcoGen would begin delivering energy in 2019 or before. They do not detail the type of biomass that would be used, but the fuel would be farmed on dedicated land. Thomas Hartman, a director of business management for FPL, said in one of the documents that the proposal would help diversify the sources of energy for FPL, which relies heavily on natural gas to fuel its plants. In written testimony, Hartman said the contracts would “increase fuel diversity and fuel supply reliability, reduce reliance on fossil fuels in the production of electricity and add renewable generation on FPL’s system.”
From the 2012 Florida Energy Summit:
Feedstocks Nourish Rural Communities –
With a year-round growing season, Florida has the potential to be a leader in the production of energy from crops and timber. Feedstocks not only provide renewable energy, but also allow Florida farmers to diversify their income and bring economic opportunity to Florida’s rural communities.
- Dr. Joseph Joyce, Executive Associate Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida
- Frankie Hall, Director, Florida Farm Bureau
- Jan Henderson, Chief Financial Officer, Alliance Dairies
- Dan Nolan, Author, The DoD Energy Blog, CEO Sabot 6 Inc.
Converting Crops to Fuel –
From biomass to biofuel, businesses in Florida are converting Florida feedstocks into alternative energy products. Learn about how and which feedstocks are being utilized.
- Gary Peter, Professor, Forest Genomics and Cell Biology, University of Florida
- Bradley Krohn, Manager, Highland EnviroFuels, LLC
- Chuck Red, Principal Engineer, Division Manager, ARA
- David King, President, INEOS Bio JV