OPPOSITION: Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; Sierra Club; State of Florida (Charlie Christ)
BACKGROUND: Tampa Electric, the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy had plans for a $2 billion advanced Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) design for the existing Polk Power Station in Polk County. It had been awarded $133.5 million in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) clean coal tax credits in November 2006. In July 2007, the utility filed an application with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) to demonstrate the need to construct the proposed 632 mega-watt Polk Unit 6, a coal-fired power plant. In September 2007, Tampa Electric submitted a PSD permit. In October 2007, Tampa Electric announced that it was canceling plans to construct a coal plant in Florida citing regulatory uncertainty, opposition from then Florida Governor Charlie Christ, and rising construction costs.
SOURCES: http://www.energyonline.com/Industry/News.aspx?NewsID=7195&Tampa_Electric_Cancels_Plans_for_New_Coal_Plant_in_Florida http://www.theledger.com/article/20071004/BREAKING/71004037
LAST UPDATED: November 10, 2010