Lakeland retires one McIntosh unit; no other retirements planned

Other than the retirement of the gas- and oil-fired McIntosh Steam Unit 1 (85 MW) on Dec. 31, 2015, Lakeland Electric has no set retirement plans in place for any other units due to the current economic conditions of the electric utility industry and the uncertainty that those conditions present.

Lakeland Electric made that point in its annual Ten Year Site Plan, filed April 1 at the Florida Public Service Commission.

The McIntosh site is located in the City of Lakeland along the northeastern shore of Lake Parker. Unit 1 is a natural gas/oil fired General Electric steam turbine with a net winter and summer output of 85 MW. Other units at the plant are fired with a mix of oil, gas, coal and diesel.

Said the plan: “Lakeland does not have an immediate capacity need in the current ten year planning horizon. Therefore, there is no plan to have new resources in generation expansion plan. This gives Lakeland the ability to continue its evaluation of its resource options along with existing resources and the proper mix of existing and/or new resources. Outside of the retirement of our McIntosh Unit 1 as of December 31, 2015, LE currently has no plan to retire any of its existing resources. Additionally, the slower growth in current and projected future demand allows for the delay in generation need.”

It added: “The slower growth in LE’s demand forecast (relative to previous forecasts) could be due to shifts in customer behavior (voluntary conservation), increase in government efficiency standards, and limited customer growth, etc. The demand and capacity analysis presented in Section 6 indicates that no generation expansion plan is required for the current planning cycle.”

The municipal utility has 975 MW of net winter generating capacity and 929 MW of net summer generating capacity (as of the end of calendar year 2015).

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