Lakeland Electric does not have an immediate capacity need in the current ten-year planning horizon, giving it the ability to continue its evaluation of its resource options along with existing resources and the proper mix of existing and/or new resources.
Lakeland Electric also said in an annual Ten-Year Site Plan filed April 1 with the Florida Public Service Commission that it currently has no plan to retire any of its existing resources. Additionally, the slow growth in current and projected future demand allowed for the delay in generation need. The slow growth in LE’s demand forecast (relative to previous forecasts) could be due to shifts in customer behavior (like voluntary conservation), an increase in government efficiency standards, and limited customer growth, the municipal utility pointed out.
Lakeland’s existing generating units are located at the two plant sites: Charles Larsen Memorial and C.D. Mcintosh Jr. Both plant sites are located on Lake Parker in Polk County. The two plants have multiple units with different technologies and fuel types, including coal at McIntosh.
In the area of solar development, Lakeland said that in December 2013, it entered into a Solar Energy Purchase Agreement with a vendor. This agreement calls for the construction of a 6.0 MW (ac) solar system on property adjacent to the Sutton substation. This system is expected to be completed and commissioned by July 2015.
Plans call for the development of another 9.1 MW of solar to be constructed at two locations during 2015. Specifications will become available during the second half ofthe year. Upon successful completion of these projects, Lakeland Electric will have a total of about 21 MW of solar capacity and will produce approximately 3.5% of the average daytime system-wide summer load.
The utility’s currently has 975 MW of net winter generating capacity and 929 MW of net summer generating capacity (as of the end of calendar year 2014).