For Immediate Release
Last Planned Coal Plant in Florida Cancelled
Seminole Electric moving to renewables, natural gas
Seminole Electric Cooperative for its decision to withdraw its
application to build a new coal-fired generating unit at its plant in
Palatka, FL. The decision comes in response to an Earthjustice
challenge to the new
coal plant because the generating unit posed a serious air pollution
risk to surrounding communities.
pollution the plant would have caused and avoid having to install
stringent control technologies to minimize the pollution. On behalf of
Florida Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice challenged the
estimated volume of hazardous pollutants that the proposed plant would
instead build a natural gas fired power plant that will facilitate
renewable energy by smoothing out power generation and fill any gaps
created by lack of sun or wind.
solar energy project in southwest Florida. The company was recently
awarded the right to issue low-cost bonds for the solar project under a
federal clean-energy program.
for Florida to move away from outdated, dirty coal technology and
toward more modern energy sources,” said Earthjustice attorney David
Guest. “Coal generates more of the greenhouse gases
that cause global warming than other fuels -- and generates almost
twice as many global warming pollutants as natural gas.”
regulators away from coal. In June 2007, Earthjustice successfully
challenged Florida Power and Light’s proposal for what would have been
the largest new coal plant in the United States, near
Everglades National Park. The landmark environmental victory marked the
first time global warming played a role in a decision by the state’s
utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission.
Wildlife Federation president Manley Fuller. “It makes no sense to add
new coal generating units in Florida when we’re finally moving to
install renewable energy sources like solar.”
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