Florida Public Service Commission approves request to expand Polk Power Station

Polk Power Station

Polk Power Station

Tampa Electric’s proposed Polk Power Station expansion has taken a step forward.

On Dec. 12, 2012, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) unanimously approved the company’s request to expand the plant by 460 megawatts – that’s enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes.  See the PSC’s news release here.

The expansion will capture waste heat from the four existing natural gas turbines and use it to make more electricity. It’s a more efficient way to use fuel, and it’s environmentally friendly.

This is the first of two major approvals the project requires. A decision by the Power Plant Siting Board is expected by late 2013.

If all goes well, the project will be complete in early 2017.

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