The recent announcement by JEA and Florida Power & Light Company to decommission the St. John’s River Power Park in Jacksonville, FL in 2018 is a smart and responsible business decision. The coal plant’s output has been declining for a decade due to wide scale conservation efforts by consumers, as well as a changing energy landscape.
The bottom line is that St. John’s River Power Park is no longer necessary and local communities shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burdens of excess power generation. Plus, retirement of this facility will curb carbon emissions and return savings to local community.
This is the third coal plant FP&L has announced closing in last six months, having previously announced the shut downs of their Indiantown and Cedar Bay coal plants. The shutting down of these coal plants should be applauded and reflect a real effort to utilize more clean energy sources like renewables and natural gas over traditional fossil fuels. These types of decisions will benefit all Floridians.
Read JEA’s announcement here: https://www.jea.com/SJRPP-Decommissioning/