MIAMI/HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) executives and Miami-Dade County community leaders donned hardhats and used ceremonial shovels to break ground on the future FPL Miami-Dade Clean Water Recovery Center (CWRC). In partnership with Miami-Dade County, the state-of-the-art, advanced reclaimed water treatment facility will further treat and reuse up to 15 million gallons per day of reclaimed water from the county. As one of the largest reclaimed water projects in the state, the facility will allow FPL to use 100% of the reclaimed water to cool the natural gas plant at FPL’s Turkey Point Clean Energy Center (Unit 5).
“We understand at FPL that serving the Sunshine State comes with the responsibility to be a good steward of Florida’s unique environmental resources,” said Kate MacGregor, FPL vice president of environmental services. “This project fulfills both those missions – helping conserve water in the Floridan aquifer while improving the resiliency of the Turkey Point Clean Energy Center to provide clean, affordable and reliable power to our customers.”
A win-win for FPL customers, Miami-Dade County and Florida, the CWRC will:
- Increase resiliency at the Turkey Point Clean Energy Center, which helps provide power for all FPL customers
- Help Miami-Dade County meet reuse requirements under Florida’s Ocean Outfall Legislation
- Provide a cost-effective way to reuse and recycle treated wastewater that would otherwise be discarded
- Conserve Floridan Aquifer groundwater at the Turkey Point site – a precious resource for all Floridians
“Miami-Dade County is at the forefront of climate innovation and we’re working each day to find new ways to protect our natural resources,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “This water reuse site is yet another example of how the public and private sector can come together to meet our environmental goals, by prioritizing reuse, protecting our drinking water source, and safeguarding our economy at the same time.”
Working together to build a clean energy future
FPL and Miami-Dade are building a cleaner future for the county. The CWRC will be powered, in part, by zero-emissions solar energy. FPL and Miami-Dade County have partnered on clean energy projects since 2018, including the Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, the future FPL Everglades Solar Energy Center, dozens of innovative solar arrays, numerous battery storage projects, a microgrid and a growing electric vehicle charging network. The CWRC project is the next step in this longstanding partnership and will deliver clean, reliable energy to residents for years to come.
For project informational video: https://fpl.sharefile.com/d-se0df3377e66f495eb2a61b1e0242d1fc
For project renderings: https://fpl.sharefile.com/d-s8d4cdcd0ba66412f9fc5e6385ed5add9
Florida Power & Light Company
As America’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company serves more customers and sells more power than any other utility, providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity to approximately 5.8 million accounts, or more than 12 million people. FPL operates one of the cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S. and in 2021 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Award for the sixth time in the last seven years. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to J.D. Power’s 2021 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM and 2021 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM. The company was also recognized in 2020 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the seventh consecutive year. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2022 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and recognized on Fortune’s 2021 list of companies that “Change the World.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.