Gas, Solar

FPL Files Dania Beach Upgrade Plans with State Regulators

By Editors of Power Engineering

Florida Power & Light has filed a petition with state regulators to affirm the need for a new unit and upgrades at its Dania Beach facility.

The company plans to build a gas-powered Unit 7 and engage in other work that would boost its capacity to 1,200 MW at a cost of $888 million, the Palm Beach Post reported. In the process, FPL would rename the facility to Dania Beach Clean Energy Center.

Dania Beach was FPL’s first power plant, and was built in 1925. The facility was upgraded or repowered three times since.

FPL officials said repowering the plant would be $1.288 billion less expensive than building the same amount of solar power, largely due to the reuse of existing substations, pipelines and transmission lines.

Additionally, the upgrades will make the plant more efficient and lower the amount of natural gas use by five billion cubic feet per year.

If approved, FPL would finish the project by June 1, 2022.