Vero Beach in Florida retires power plant; non-power uses eyed for the site

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice in December of a correction for the Title V air permit for the City of Vero Beach Municipal Power Facility due to the plant’s recent retirement.

“This change is made at the applicant’s request dated December 16th, 2015, to expire the Title V air operation permit for the facility as of November 6, 2015, due to the fact that the facility has been retired and the emissions units are being removed,” said the DEP notice.

The last Title V permit renewal for the plant, issued in December 2012, shows that the facility consisted of four steam generating units (Units 1, 2, 3 and 4) that ranged from 13 MW to 56 MW in size and used a range of fuel oil grades and natural gas. There is also a 38-MW distillate and natural gas-fired combined cycle unit (Unit 5), a black start engine and two diesel engine-driven emergency generators.

The City of Vero Beach Recreation Commission and Marine Commission, in the meantime, has invited the public to attend their next workshop on Jan. 26 for a discussion on the 17-acre piece of land where the power plant is located as well as the former Postal Office Annex Property located on 17th Street. Some of the suggested uses for this piece of property have included expanding the municipal marina and an environmental learning center. No new power plant is among those possible future uses for the site.

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