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01/16/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Progress Energy Need Determination Hearing Set for Thursday


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct a need determination hearing Thursday for a proposal to add capacity at the Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear power plant in Citrus County, Florida.

The hearing provides the utilities, other interested parties, and the public the opportunity to present evidence and testimony concerning the need for the proposed expansion. As part of the need determination process, the PSC must consider the need for electric system reliability and integrity, the need for adequate electricity at a reasonable cost, the need for fuel diversity and supply reliability, and whether the proposed plant expansions are the most cost-effective alternative available.

Only issues relating to the need for the proposed two-phase expansion will be addressed at this hearing. All members of the public who wish to make a statement should be present at the beginning of the hearing set for the following time and location:

Thursday, January 18, 2007
9:30 a.m.
Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida

Environmental impacts and other issues related to the proposed plant and associated facilities will be considered by other agencies in separate public hearings.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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