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7/15/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Approves Solar Projects' Cost Recovery Eligibility

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) request for three new solar projects to be eligible for environmental cost recovery, continuing Florida’s effort to promote the use of cleaner, renewable sources of energy.  The three solar projects are expected to generate up to 110 megawatts of emissions-free electricity.

PSC approval of the eligibility of FPL’s projects for cost recovery is consistent with recent legislation allowing utilities to recover renewable energy project costs, up to a total of 110 megawatts state-wide, through the Environmental Cost Recovery Clause.  FPL is the first utility to request cost recovery eligibility under the new Florida statute.  Before any customer charges are approved, the Commission will review the prudence of FPL’s solar project costs in a separate proceeding.

PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II said, “The PSC is responding to leadership provided by our Governor and our Legislature who are making Florida a national leader in reducing man-made greenhouse gases by encouraging electric utilities to produce power from sources such as solar and wind.”

FPL’s proposed solar projects include:

     The Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center--Planned for construction to begin by year-end 2008 at FPL’s existing Martin site, the Martin project will provide up to 75 megawatts of solar thermal capacity as an alternative to existing natural gas combined-cycle capacity.

     The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center--Planned for construction to begin by year-end 2008 on FPL-owned property in DeSoto County, the DeSoto project will provide 25 megawatts of new photovoltaic solar capacity.

     The Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center--Planned for construction to begin by year-end 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center, the Space Coast project will provide 10 megawatts of new photovoltaic solar capacity.

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.

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