JUNO BEACH, Fla. – In celebration of Earth Day, Florida Power & Light Company announced today that its power generation fleet delivered 35 percent cleaner power than the industry average in 2009 – a new record in clean generation for the utility.
FPL’s power plants produced only 845 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour of electricity compared to the industry average of 1,297 pounds per megawatt, according to U.S. Department of Energy data, primarily because of the company’s investments in clean electric generating facilities.
In recent years, FPL has been upgrading its fleet of fossil fuel plants to state-of-the-art combined cycle natural gas units that are among the most fuel efficient and lowest emitting in the world, saving customers money on fuel costs and keeping the air cleaner. Nearly 90 percent of FPL’s generation now comes from low-emissions natural gas units and emissions-free nuclear units.
FPL is also investing in emissions-free solar power. Earlier this month, FPL’s Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center opened near NASA's Kennedy Space Center. This is the second of three large-scale solar facilities in Florida that the company has completed to power its customers. In total, the three plants will generate 110 megawatts of clean energy with zero emissions.
FPL’s initiatives to reduce its impact on the environment extend to energy-efficient lighting in office areas and parking lots, infrared hand dryers to reduce paper waste and recycling efforts at specific sites that have reduced landfill usage by a third.
The company also takes its environmental efforts on the road. Through its growing Green Fleet program, FPL has saved tens of thousands of gallons of fuel and greatly reduced its carbon footprint. More than half of FPL’s approximately 2,500 vehicles are powered with biodiesel. The company’s long-term goal is for all new vehicles to be electric or plug-in hybrid electric by 2020.
To learn more about FPL’s “Earth Day is Every Day” campaign and other environmental efforts, visit www.FPL.com.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with 10,500 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while typical residential customer bills are below the national average and the lowest in Florida. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and the No. 2 energy efficiency program among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based FPL Group Inc. (NYSE: FPL). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.