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FPL's wind turbine project gets $2.5M grant

Florida Power & Light Co. received a major boost to its wind turbine project Tuesday as the company was awarded a $2.5 million state grant. ...The $2.5 million award was the maximum amount possible through the Renewable Energy Technologies Grant Program, designed to encourage renewable energy projects involving solar, hydrogen, wind and other technologies. The wind turbine project is estimated to cost about $60.8 million.

Florida Power & Light Co. received a major boost to its wind turbine project Tuesday as the company was awarded a $2.5 million state grant.

FPL wants to place six turbines on its own land at the St. Lucie Nuclear Plant and three on state owned land managed by the county at Blind Creek Park. The FPL Project, called "St. Lucie Wind" in the grant paperwork, was one of eight projects out of 139 proposals to get money from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

"We applaud Gov. (Charlie) Crist and the state of Florida for their commitment to addressing the important challenge of developing new renewable energy sources," said FPL spokeswoman Amy Brunjes in a statement. "Irrespective of the specifics regarding any particular project, we know that many renewable energy projects will be needed to achieve our goals as a state."

The $2.5 million award was the maximum amount possible through the Renewable Energy Technologies Grant Program, designed to encourage renewable energy projects involving solar, hydrogen, wind and other technologies. The wind turbine project is estimated to cost about $60.8 million.

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Florida Power & Light Co. received a major boost to its wind turbine project Tuesday as the company was awarded a $2.5 million state grant.

FPL wants to place six turbines on its own land at the St. Lucie Nuclear Plant and three on state owned land managed by the county at Blind Creek Park. The FPL Project, called "St. Lucie Wind" in the grant paperwork, was one of eight projects out of 139 proposals to get money from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

"We applaud Gov. (Charlie) Crist and the state of Florida for their commitment to addressing the important challenge of developing new renewable energy sources," said FPL spokeswoman Amy Brunjes in a statement. "Irrespective of the specifics regarding any particular project, we know that many renewable energy projects will be needed to achieve our goals as a state."

The $2.5 million award was the maximum amount possible through the Renewable Energy Technologies Grant Program, designed to encourage renewable energy projects involving solar, hydrogen, wind and other technologies. The wind turbine project is estimated to cost about $60.8 million.

The company is scheduled to go before the state Acquisition and Restoration Council, which oversees the use of state lands, in April. In addition to getting state approval for an easement on the land, the county would also need to sign off on the project because it leases Blind Creek Park from the state. The county also must approve a zoning change, conditional use and waiver of height restrictions for the turbines.

County Commission Chairman Joe Smith said the county has not set a date for the next turbine discussion, but said he expected one to occur next month. It could be a special meeting, occurring outside of a regular commission meeting, and would take place at night to make it easier for people to attend.

"I just want to be fair to everyone," said Smith, who has not taken a position on wind turbines.

A grant was also awarded to Progress Energy Florida for a small-scale wind power project, which is seeking to place five wind turbines inland at various places across the state on a test basis. Other projects that received grants deal with solar power, alternative fuel research, ethanol and biodiesel fuels.

"We believe that awards such as these are critical in triggering the development of a renewable energy industry in Florida," said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson in a statement. "With the backing of and an investment from the state, we're hopeful that these projects will yield positive results and serve as a catalyst for major commercial investment in this industry."

 

 


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FEB 26 2008
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