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.

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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