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JEA, the Florida Municipal Power Agency, the city of Tallahassee, and the Reedy Creek Improvement District had planned to build an 800 MW coal plant, called the Taylor Energy Center, near Perry in Taylor County, Florida. The plant was designed to burn a mix of coals, including Powder River Basin sub-bituminous coal, bituminous coals and petcoke.[1]

The Sierra Club petitioned the Florida Public Service Commission to examine the economic and environmental costs of the new coal plant as compared with renewable energy and energy efficiency.[2] In September 2006, the Capital Medical Society, an organization of 500 physicians, announced its opposition to the plant.[3]

In May 2007, the Taylor Energy Center filed a Site Certification Application, initiating an approval process expected to last one to two years, and in June 2007 a hearing was held to consider land-use changes.[1]

In July 2007, on the eve of a climate change summit called by Gov. Crist, the sponsors suspended permitting activities.[4][5]

Project Details

Sponsors: JEA, Florida Municipal Power Agency, City of Tallahassee, Reedy Creek Improvement District
Location: Perry, Taylor County, FL
Capacity: 800 MW
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2012
Status: Permit applications withdrawn

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed January 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  2. "Preliminary Statement of Issues and Positions", petition filed by the Sierra Club, Florida Public Service Commission, November 20, 2006. (Pdf)
  3. "Position Statement Regarding the Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant in Taylor County", Capital Medical Society website, September 2006.
  4. "JEA Kills Plans for Taylor County Power Plant", Jacksonville Business Journal, July 3, 2007.
  5. Taylor Energy Center to Suspend Plant Permitting and Participate in State Dialogue on Florida's Energy Future," City of Tallahassee, July 3, 2007.

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