The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the Orlando
Utilities Commission’s request to build a 283 megawatt electric generating
plant in Orange County. The Stanton B power plant is expected to be completed
by June 1, 2010.
The total costs for the project will be reduced by $285 million through
the President’s Clean Coal Initiative. The plant will operate primarily on
coal-derived synthetic gas, and will demonstrate a significant advance in the
clean coal technology known as integrated gasification combined cycle.
The PSC’s approval is an important step toward maintaining a balanced
fuel portfolio for Florida’s electric consumers, as the plant will be the first
coal-fired plant placed in service in the state since 1996. The selection of
the Stanton B generating plant for federal cost-sharing also indicates the
importance of the project in the long-term energy strategy of the United
Prior to construction, the proposed plant must be certified by the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and receive final approval by the
Governor and Cabinet, acting as the Siting Board.