Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Nextera/FPL: Nuclear at home, wind where subsidized

Nextera is one name, Florida Power and Light (FPL) another - same folks.

They are in the news a number of times today - none of which will be news to followers of my blogging.

At home, they are pursuing new nuclear.
Power line issue puts governor, Cabinet, in political quandary | Tampa Bay Times:
"TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet face what may be the most controversial and politically delicate decision of their term Tuesday, when they will decide whether to give Florida Power & Light permission to build two new nuclear power generators and 88 miles of new transmission lines in South Florida."
The proposed high-voltage lines, which would be hoisted on towers which could rise as high as 150 feet, have generated opposition in the cities in Miami-Dade County through which the lines would traverse — a region of the state that Gov. Rick Scott has deemed crucial to his re-election bid.
While cities have questioned the need for the power plants, their main objection has been on where to locate the 230-kilovolt lines on 80- to 100-foot poles.
Continue reading at the Tampa Bay Times

Nextera is voracious in it's pursuit of subsidies.
This story out of Texas lets us know Nextera isn't going to repower a couple of wind "farms" in Texas - obviously both are beyond the period where the Production Tax Credit applied.

NextEra Energy to shut two Texas wind farms in a first for ERCOT | Platts
NextEra Energy Resources is planning to shut two of its wind farms in Texas after both were significantly damaged by ice storms in November.
The company, which describes itself as the largest renewable generator in North America, on Friday notified the Electric Reliability Council of Texas that it planned to shut the two farms in west Texas in August...
"Estimates to fix the damage exceeded the economic value of the projects," he said. "Therefore, we made the decision to cease operations."
Delaware Mountain began commercial operation in 1999 and has 38 750-kW turbines. NextEra acquired the facility in 2002. WPP94 began commercial operation in 1995 and has 107 365-kW turbines. NextEra acquired the facility in 2004.
The entire article can be read at Platts - but it doesn't tell you about decommissioning the sites.

In Ontario Nextera is using both Siemens and GE turbine models with, as I understand it, hub heights of 80 metres; the machines are far larger than the pylons causing concern outside of Miami.

So what does this corporate entity due when it's drained the trough?

Clean up and leave?
Or just leave?

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