Tampa Electric eyes 440 MW of new gas capacity in 2020 and 2023

Tampa Electric’s 2016 Ten-Year Site Plan, filed April 1 at the Florida Public Service Commission, features plans to enhance electric generating capability to meet projected incremental resource needs for the 2016-2025 period.

The resource plan filed April 1 is very similar to the plan Tampa Electric presented to the commission in 2015.

  • As of December 2015, Tampa Electric has constructed a 1.6 MW (ac) photovoltaic (PV) solar array located at the Tampa International Airport.
  • The utility is currently constructing incremental capacity of 463 MW winter and 459 MW summer as part of the Polk 2 combined cycle (CC) conversion project, with an expected commercial operation date in January 2017. Tampa is converting Polk Units 2-5 to a natural gas combined cycle unit with the addition of a steam turbine. The coal/petcoke gasification facility at the plant, called Unit 1, is not part of this project.
  • Tampa has also begun the planning for an incremental 18 MW (ac) of PV solar that will be located at the coal-fired Big Bend Power Station with a projected commercial operation date of May 2017.
  • In addition, Tampa plans to build future simple-cycle combustion turbines to meet reserve margin needs in the summer of 2020 and 2023. The 2020 and 2023 additions, at an unnamed site or sites, are each 220 MW (winter) in size.

The future capacity additions could occur at the existing H.L. Culbreath Bayside Power Station, Polk Power Station, or Big Bend Power Station. The H.L. Culbreath site is located in Hillsborough County on Port Sutton Road. The Polk Power Station is located in southwest Polk County close to the Hillsborough and Hardee county lines. The Big Bend Power Station is located in Hillsborough County on Big Bend Road on Tampa Bay.

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