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MARTIN PLANT'S NEW UNIT NO. 4 NOW SERVING FPL CUSTOMERS

 INDIANTOWN, Fla., April 18 /PRNewswire -- Florida Power & Light Company has put into service the second of two new generating units at its Martin Plant near Indiantown in Martin County. One new unit went into service in February. Combined with the two original Martin units that became operational in the early '80s, the four-unit station becomes the largest in FPL's power plant system.
 The new generators, each rated at 430 megawatts, make use of the latest combined cycle technology to assure they are among the most efficient, flexible units of their type in the country. The new units provide enough electricity to meet the needs of nearly a quarter of a million typical South Florida homes.
 "Commercial operation of the Martin combined cycle units represents a significant achievement for FPL and the men and women involved in the construction project. It has exceeded our expectations by being built at a cost that is more than competitive with other power providers -- and without sacrificing quality or the safety of the men and women involved in its construction," said C. O. Woody, senior vice president of power generation.
 Construction on Martin Units 3 and 4 began in 1991. Combined-cycle generating units use natural gas-fired combustion turbines, similar to but much larger than commercial aircraft jet engines, to produce electrical energy by direct connection to an electric generator. The waste heat from the engine's exhaust is used to make steam to drive a turbine generator, thus taking advantage of the unit's "combined cycle" capability.
 Florida Power & Light Company is one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the nation and is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL).
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 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Company Corporate Communications Dept., 305-552-3894 or 305-552-3895/
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