Monday, December 21, 2009

More Power without Coal?

Because of "regulatory and legal uncertainties" about the future of coal, the Seminole Electric Cooperative today announced that it has canceled plans to build a new coal-fired power plant at its generation facility near Jacksonville, Florida (
St. Petersburg Times, Dec 18th). Earthjustice, an non-profit public interest law firm based in Tallahassee, had threatened legal action on behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation.

Seminole applied in 2006 for a permit to build the proposed 750 megawatt coal-fired plant, upgrading its Putnam County facility which currently generates 1300 megawatts. Power, an industry magazine, named it as "top facility" for 2009. The Seminole Electric Cooperative also received a Leadership Award from the Council for Sustainable Florida. It's webpage trumpets a "long-standing and continuing commitment to a diverse program of environmental stewardship at its generating stations." According to Earthjustice, Seminole is now proposing to build a natural gas fired plant instead along with a 1 to 5 megawatt solar energy project in southwest Florida.

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At 7:51 AM , Blogger george.w said...

Hope it's the beginning of a trend.

At 7:55 AM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

Me too!

At 1:34 PM , Anonymous Kari said...

This is fascinating. I do hope that more people/companies will move in this direction.

At 7:43 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

@Kari - I hope so as well. It will take both civil and legal action, I think.


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