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05/22/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Approves Innovative Clean Coal Electric Generating Plant


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the Orlando Utilities Commission’s request to build a 283 megawatt electric generating plant in Orange County.  The Stanton B power plant is expected to be completed by June 1, 2010.

The total costs for the project will be reduced by $285 million through the President’s Clean Coal Initiative.  The plant will operate primarily on coal-derived synthetic gas, and will demonstrate a significant advance in the clean coal technology known as integrated gasification combined cycle.

The PSC’s approval is an important step toward maintaining a balanced fuel portfolio for Florida’s electric consumers, as the plant will be the first coal-fired plant placed in service in the state since 1996.  The selection of the Stanton B generating plant for federal cost-sharing also indicates the importance of the project in the long-term energy strategy of the United States.

Prior to construction, the proposed plant must be certified by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and receive final approval by the Governor and Cabinet, acting as the Siting Board.

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