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FPL energizes 1,250-MW gas-fired facility

Florida Power& Light Co. on April 11 formally commissioned the 1,250-MW,gas-fired Port Everglades power plant in BrowardCounty, Fla., according to a company news release.

The NextEraEnergy Inc. subsidiary invested $1.2 billion for the constructionof the facility, which it said was completed two months ahead of schedule andunder budget. With the new energy center, the facility's air emissions are cutby 90% and the carbon dioxide emissions rate is halved.

The facility entered commercial operation on April 1 andreplaced a 1960s-era oil-fired power plant that was demolished in mid-2013. Itis the third so-called "clean energy center" commissioned by FPLalong with the 1,344-MW RivieraBeach and 1,355-MW CapeCanaveral facilities.

FPL also implemented a rate on April 1 to reflectanticipated savings from increased fuel-efficiency and lower projected naturalgas prices.