FPL interconnects with expanded Palm Beach County power plant

Florida Power & Light (FPL) on June 14 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) that covers the expansion of a municipal solid waste-fired power plant in Palm Beach County, Fla.

The LGIA is between FPL and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (PBSWA). FPL requested an effective date for the interconnection agreement of the day after filing, or June 15.

FPL, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), is a public utility providing wholesale and retail electric service. PBSWA is the governmental agency responsible for providing an integrated solid waste management system for Palm Beach County.

PBSWA owns and operates an existing 62-MW facility that is interconnected to FPL’s transmission system pursuant to an interconnection agreement that was originally executed in 1987. That existing facility is a Qualifying Facility (QF), and because all of its output is being sold to FPL, the interconnection agreement for the facility has not been subject to the commission’s jurisdiction.

On the same site, PBSWA is constructing another generating facility, identified as GIS Queue Request No. 145 (Q145), which will have a power production capacity of 85 MW in the summer and 90 MW in the winter. The Q145 facility will have the same point of interconnection as the existing facility. Rather than have two interconnection agreements for facilities adjacent to each other, FPL and PBSWA agreed to include the existing facility in the interconnection agreement.

Upon completion, the Q145 facility will, in combination with the existing facility, comprise the entire generating facility under the interconnection agreement, with a total output of 147 MW in the summer and 152 MW in the winter. Once the commission has accepted this new agreement, FPL and PBSWA will take appropriate action to terminate the existing agreement.

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