Highly Efficient Generating Facility to Slash CO2 Emissions

Posted: October 1, 2021 at 1:35 pm

Seminole Electric Cooperative—Peace River Electric Cooperative’s wholesale energy provider—is projected to lower its carbon dioxide emissions in 2024 by 48% from 2005 levels, thanks to the closing of a coal-fired generating unit, adding 300 MW of solar power and constructing a new gas-fired generating facility.

With a generating capacity of approximately 1,050 megawatts, the new highly efficient natural gas-fired Seminole Combined Cycle Facility is planned to be commercially operational in 2022.

Currently named the Seminole Combined Cycle Facility (SCCF), the new plant is being constructed directly adjacent to the existing Seminole Generating Station site in Putnam County, Florida, and will have a generating capacity of approximately 1,050 megawatts.

Construction of the new plant is proceeding on schedule and within budget. As of June 30, the project was 46% complete. All major plant components for the project have been delivered to the site. The plant is scheduled to be commercially operational by the fall of 2022.

“Seminole and its Members have invested in a new generation facility with the latest technologies in efficiency and reliability,” said Paul Champion, Quality Assurance/Control Coordinator for the SCCF project. “There are many advantages with a new gas-fired power station, economically and environmentally, that will benefit our community.”

Seminole has also committed to adding 300 MW of additional solar power to its portfolio. With the addition of the solar power, and the removal of one of the coal units from service, Seminole is projected to lower its carbon dioxide emissions in 2024 by 48% from 2005 levels.

The inclusion of SCCF and the additional solar resources in Seminole’s power supply mix will align with Seminole’s purpose; to provide essential wholesale services to its Members through a balanced, diversified portfolio of safe, affordable, and reliable energy resources.