Seminole Electric Cooperative
|Type||Regional and Municipal Cooperative|
|Headquarters||16313 North Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618
|Key people||Timothy S. Woodbury, General Manager|
|Industry||Electric Producer & Distributor|
|Revenue||$1.21 billion (2007)|
|Net income||▲ $10.8 million (2007)|
Seminole Electric Cooperative operates as an electric power and energy generation and transmission cooperative in Florida.
The company’s primary resources include Seminole Generating Station, comprising two coal-fired generating facilities near Palatka, Florida with approximately 650 megawatts of net output per unit; and Payne Creek Generating Station in Hardee County, Florida, which is a 500 megawatt combined cycle plant that uses natural gas as its primary fuel source. Its generation portfolio also includes 54 megawatts of renewable energy resources. These resources include a 35 megawatt waste-to-energy facility, a 12 megawatt biomass (wood chip) plant, and a seven megawatt landfill gas plant.
The company was incorporated in 1948 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
Out of its total 2,016 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.19% of the U.S. total), Seminole Electric produced 70.9% from coal and 29.1% from natural gas. All of Seminole Electric's power plants are in Florida.
Existing coal-fired power plants
|Plant Name||State||County||Year(s) Built||Capacity||2007 CO2 Emissions||2006 SO2 Emissions|
|Seminole||FL||Putnam||1984, 1985||1429 MW||8,710,000 tons||22,773 tons|
Seminole Electric Cooperative is a member of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), an umbrella lobbying group for all coal ash interests that includes major coal burners Duke Energy, Southern Company and American Electric Power as well as dozens of other companies. The group argues that the so-called "beneficial-use industry" would be eliminated if a "hazardous" designation was given for coal ash waste.
Seminole 3 Cancelled
On December 18, 2009, Seminole Electric Cooperative announced that it was abandoning plans to build the Seminole 3 plant, a third, 750 MW coal plant that had been planned for the same site as the existing two units (650 MW each) at Seminole Generating Station. Company spokesman Jeff Fela cited "uncertain regulatory and legal environment."
Articles and Resources
- 2008 Seminole Facts Digest, Seminole Electric Cooperative website, accessed Aug. 2008.
- Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc., BusinessWeek Company Insight Center, accessed Aug. 2008.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed Aug. 2008.
- Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash DeSmogBlog.com & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.
- Chris DeVitto, "Seminole pulls plug on 3rd unit," Palatka Daily News, 12/19/09