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Florida Power & Light puts an end to coal-fired power generation

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 16:36:55-05

JUNO BEACH, Fla. — Florida Power and Light have put a stop to coal-fired power generation throughout the state.

FPL said it closed its last coal-fired plant in the state on Jan. 1.

FPL said it's making the move to continue "its efforts to build a cleaner, more resilient and sustainable energy future."

“This year marks a major milestone for our company and our customers as we generate electricity that is reliable, affordable and cleaner than ever,” said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. “On Jan. 1, we closed the chapter on our use of coal as an energy source in Florida. It’s also important to note that 20 years ago we were the country’s largest user of oil to generate electricity; however, by making smart, consistent, longterm investments in cleaner, state-of-the art energy centers, we have lowered our oil use by 99% and use it only as a secondary fuel source. By eliminating our use of coal and effectively eliminating our use of oil, our customers now receive energy that is better for our environment, and is reliable and much more affordable.”

FPL says it has bought out old- contracts and purchased existing coal-fired power plants in order to shut them down, saving customers money while eliminating carbon dioxide emissions.