KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 3, 2011 – A new power plant under construction at the Cane Island Power Park in Osceola County, Fla., was started today for the first time, a significant milestone as the high efficiency generating unit prepares for operation.
The natural gas-fueled generating unit, known as Cane Island Unit 4, conducted its “first fire” this morning, which refers to the first time fuel is ignited in the gas turbine. This is a major milestone signifying that the unit is nearing the end of its construction phase and transitioning to start-up and testing activities.
Cane Island Unit 4 incorporates advanced environmental control technologies that will make it one of the lowest emission and highest efficiency plants in Florida. Electricity from the facility will serve Kissimmee and 13 other Florida cities including Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Lake Worth, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala and Starke.
The $479 million generating unit is wholly owned by the Florida Municipal Power Agency and will be operated by Kissimmee Utility Authority.
Florida Municipal Power Agency is a wholesale power company owned by 30 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately two million Floridians.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent