The Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center began serving customers in the spring of 2014 using cleaner and more affordable U.S.-produced natural gas.
This modernized, combined-cycle natural gas plant was constructed at a cost of approximately $1.3 billion and replaces a 1960s-era, oil-and-gas-fired plant that was demolished on June 19, 2011.
Utilizing cleaner-burning, U.S.-produced natural gas frees FPL from using imported, foreign oil. System wide, the company has reduced its use of imported foreign oil by more than 98 percent – from more than 40 million barrels of oil in 2001 to less than 1 million barrels annually.
The new plant will use 33 percent less fuel per megawatt-hour which will save customers money on future fuel costs and produce far fewer emissions. It will generate up to 1,250 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power roughly 250,000 homes and businesses.