U.S. ECOGEN POLK
US EcoGen Polk is the first in a series of US EcoGen biomass generating facilities. Located in Fort Meade, Polk County, Florida, US EcoGen Polk is a 66 MW (Net Capacity) biomass bottom-cycle electrical facility that will be fueled primarily with urban wood waste. 100% of its output will be sold under a 29.5-year PPA that was approved by the Florida Public Services Utility Commission in October of 2011. On July 2012 the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a final air permit authorizing construction and operation. All other required construction and operating permits have been received to allow full construction to proceed.
In December 2016, construction of the 2.5-mile Fuel Delivery Roadway began, that will be vital to delivering fuel to the plant. In April 2017, Duke Energy Florida began construction of the Large-scale Generator interconnection to the Fort Meade sub-station adjacent to the plant site.
Gemma Power Systems is constructing the power plant under a turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction agreement.
Benefits to the local community:
- 350 new construction jobs with a total local economic benefit of $50 million
- 250 new direct and indirect permanent jobs for over 30-years, with a total annual labor economic benefit of $22 million
- Ongoing additional annual economic impact in the local economy of $20 million
- Provide high-value jobs in a zone that has seen limited economic growth since the end of phosphate mining in the region
US EcoGen Polk will:
- Use urban wood waste as its primary biomass fuel putting to use a commodity that often goes to waste
- Provide baseload renewable energy to mitigate against the risks of price increases of coal and natural gas
- Generate baseload carbon-free energy to help reduce the risks of rising sea levels and more virulent storms
- Put recovered former phosphate mining land to work generating renewable energy and creating jobs and economic activity
- Use a state of the art air cooled condenser to significantly reduce the amount of water required to condense the steam exiting the steam turbine generator