The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct a determination of need hearing Thursday for a proposed JEA combined cycle conversion project at the Greenland Energy Center (GEC) in Duval County, Florida. JEA’s electric service area covers all of Duval County and portions of Clay and St. Johns Counties, serving approximately 400,000 customers.
JEA has asked the PSC for approval to convert two natural gas-fired “simple cycle” combustion turbines to a 2x1 “combined cycle” configuration at the GEC generating station. The proposed conversion will result in a high-efficiency, natural gas-fueled combined cycle unit, consisting of two combustion turbines and two heat recovery steam generators that will drive a steam turbine generator. The new unit will have a net output of 522 megawatts (MW). All of the generation capacity from the unit will be for sale to JEA’s customers.
As part of the need determination process, the PSC must consider the need for electric system reliability and integrity, adequate electricity at a reasonable cost, fuel diversity, and fuel supply reliability. The Commission must also consider whether renewable energy sources and technologies, as well as conservation measures, are used to the extent reasonably available.
Environmental impacts and other issues related to the proposed conversion and associated facilities will be considered by other agencies.
The hearing provides an opportunity for the public to comment and for the utility and other interested parties to present evidence and testimony concerning the need for the proposed generation additions. The hearing is set for the following time and location:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.