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NEWLY "REPOWERED" UNIT NO. 4 AT LAUDERDALE PLANT PUT INTO SERVICE

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company has declared its newly "repowered" Unit No. 4 at the Lauderdale Plant available for commercial operation following an 18-month outage to significantly upgrade the plant's power generating capacity. A second unit -- Unit No. 5 -- also is being "repowered" and is expected to be placed in commercial service later this summer.
 During the "repowering" project, existing boilers used to produce steam for electrical generation were removed and replaced with state-of- the-art combustion turbines and heat recovery steam generators. Combustion turbines, similar to large jet engines, produce electrical energy by direct connection to an electric generator. The exhaust from the engines is then captured and used to produce steam for the steam generators.
 The capacity of the repowered units has been increased from a total of 274 megawatts to more than 846 mw -- or the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 175,000 additional homes. Total cost of the project is approximately $465 million.
 According to C. O. Woody, senior vice president of power generation, "The repowered Lauderdale units are the most efficient units on the FPL system. In addition to the increased efficiency, these units were designed and built to have one of the lowest emission rates of major pollutants of any power plant in the state. That's the kind of balance we are proud of -- providing power for increased customer demand while preserving the air quality of one of our state's most populated regions. "Additionally, because of its unique situation, location and design, repowering of the Lauderdale Plant provides less adverse environmental impacts than might accompany construction of comparable power plants. For example,
 ...no new transmission lines or rights-of-way are required
 ...an existing cooling canal/pond can be used
 ...no additional groundwater is required, and
 ...no new roads need to be built.
 "The Lauderdale Plant has played a very important role in the history of Florida Power & Light Company and South Florida since FPL's first company-built generating unit went into service on this site in 1926. Through the years it has continued to grow in size and importance in filling the electricity needs of a rapidly growing metropolitan area. It seems only appropriate that this site should once again be the most efficient, state-of-the-art generating facility in Florida," Woody said.
 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/
 (FPL)


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