IMPORTANT UPDATE. PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY:
Below is an article concerning the North Florida Power Project.
The Tallahassee City Commission will meet at 4pm Eastern on August 24, 2005, in the Tallahassee City Hall to decide whether or not to pursue the project further and allow for a referendum vote in November, 2005.
Please contact the Clean Air Coalition in Tallahassee to see how you can support opposition to the coal-fired plant.
Clean Air Coalition PAC
Tallahassee Progressive Center (directions at www.progressivecenter.org
1720 South Gadsden Street
P.O. Box 1505
Tallahassee, FL 32302
850-421-VOTE(8683) (operational as of Monday, August 8)
Weekly Meeting: 7pm Thursday at the Progressive Center
You can also visit the following sites for local information:
(NOTE:THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY CITY PR STAFF AND APPEARS ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN READING.)
A Coal Plant Is Going to be Built in North Florida
Residents to Vote on City's Role
The City Commission voted at its meeting on July 13 to enter into a partnership with the North Florida Power Project (NFPP). The NFPP is a group of public-power entities planning to construct a coal-fired power plant in north Florida. The Commission's vote preserves Tallahassee's seat at the table for the project by committing the City to partnering with the NFPP on the next phase of the plant, including design, permitting and land acquisition.
At the same meeting, Commissioners also decided to ask voters whether the City should continue to take part in the project, which will be constructed in north Florida with or without Tallahassee's participation. The Commission also committed up to $250,000 to be used in partnership with the Big Bend Environmental Forum to look at ways to develop additional renewable resources, such as solar, as part of the Commission's ongoing support for sound environmentally friendly options.
Although renewable resources typically cannot provide the amounts of power required to meet Tallahassee's future growth and reliability needs, they are considered a critical part of the City's future energy mix.
As part of the City's utility business strategy, fuel options are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the City can meet its future power needs.
Currently, Your Own Utilities is 95 percent dependent on natural gas and oil - which has meant higher bills for customers due to fluctuations of the volatile natural gas market.
Having a variety of fuel options in the future means the City would be able to utilize the most affordable fuel source at any given time, based on the market price.
The NFPP partners have indicated that the plant will be built in North Florida with or without Tallahassee's participation. Sites in Taylor, Madison and Hamilton Counties are currently under consideration with the plant expected to be operational by 2012. A critical issue is whether the City should have a say in the operation and control of a coal plant, if it is going to be built in this region.
Another important issue is related to health and the environment. Coal technology today is vastly different than coal plants of the past. In fact, of the $1.4-billion cost of the plant, currently one-third of the cost is committed for environmental safeguards, making it one of the cleanest plants in Florida.
In order for a referendum to be held in the fall 2005 timeframe preferred by Commissioners, the Elections Supervisor has determined the vote will have to be conducted through mail ballots. The date of the election and ballot wording have not yet been determined. The City is committed to providing residents with factual information to allow them to make an informed decision on the issue.
For more information about the NFPP or to arrange a presentation for your civic or social group on this topic, visit the links below.
North Florida Power Project website <../exit.cfm?site=http://www.northfloridapowerproject.org>
Talgov.com information on the project <../you/electric/nfpp.cfm>