Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) today further supported development of renewable energy technology by approving Progress Energy Florida’s (Progress) purchase of firm capacity and energy from a proposed Horizon Energy Group, LLC (Horizon) gasified municipal solid waste facility.
“This facility will help diversify Florida’s fuel mix, and will increase the use of renewable energy resources,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II. “Diverting waste from landfills to generate electricity provides a viable, cost-effective renewable source of electricity.”
The renewable energy facility will have a maximum generating capability of approximately 60 megawatts. Horizon will convert municipal solid waste into synthetic gas, which will then be converted into energy. Municipal solid waste includes any solid waste, except sludge, that would normally be collected, processed, and disposed of through a public or private solid waste management service. This includes yard waste, but does not include solid waste from industrial, mining, or agricultural operations.
Horizon plans to sell 30-60 MW of capacity and associated energy from the facility to Progress for 25 years beginning January 1, 2013. The facility is expected to supply the energy needs of approximately 15,000 Florida homes. Final site location has not yet been determined.
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