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05/19/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

Progress Energy Need Determination Hearing Set to Begin Wednesday


TALLAHASSEE — Beginning Wednesday, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct a determination of need hearing on a Progress Energy Florida proposal to construct two nuclear power units in Levy County, Florida. The hearing provides an opportunity for the public, the utility, and other interested parties to present evidence and testimony concerning the need for the proposed generation additions.

As part of the need determination process, the PSC must consider the need for electric system reliability and integrity, adequate electricity at a reasonable cost, fuel diversity and fuel supply reliability. The Commission must also consider the need for base-load generating capacity and whether renewable energy sources and technologies, as well as conservation measures, are utilized to the extent reasonably available.

All members of the public who wish to make a statement should be present at the beginning of the hearing on Wednesday, May 21. The hearing is set for the following time and location:

Wednesday, May 21 – Friday, May 23, 2008
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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