OPPOSITION: State of Florida (Charlie Crist)
BACKGROUND: On February 24, 2006, the Department of Energy announced a $235 million federal grant for the development of the advanced coal plant near Orlando, Florida at the existing Stanton Energy Center owned by the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). The proposed plant was to be co-owned by Southern Power Company (the unregulated subsidiary of Southern Company), OUC, and Kellogg, Brown and Root with commercial operation to commence in June 2010.
The facility would have used an IGCC technology based on the Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG) technology that Southern Company and others had been developing at the Power Systems Development Facility near Wilsonville, Alabama. It was one of three demonstration projects that had received funding through the federal Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI), a 10-year, $2-billion demonstration program designed to improve the environmental performance of coal-fired power plants in the United States.
However, on November 14, 2007 the developers announced their decision to stop construction. This was made by an executive committee composed of representatives from the OUC and Southern Power in response to pressure from the State of Florida and its Governor Charlie Crist. According to Southern Company, the decision was driven by continuing uncertainty surrounding potential state regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions.
LAST UPDATED: November 11, 2010