Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) was founded in 1925 and is currently the largest electric utility in Florida. It is one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida based Nextera Energy, Inc (FPL website). In 2007 FPL’s Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in Homestead, submitted a site certification application to Florida Department of Environmental Protection to Uprate (increase output) for two units. This Uprate Project was projected to slightly increase the temperature and salinity in the power plant cooling canal system (CCS). Field data have been collected, prior to the Units being Uprated, and based on those data, it has been determined there is a need to mitigate current environmental impacts of the CCS. FPL is working with technical experts to identify methods to limit the salinity and temperature rises within Turkey Point’s CCS in order to abate westward movement of the CCS. Multiple ideas were generated by a feasibility analysis, but the favorable and acted upon strategy is to drill new Floridian Aquifer wells, to be operated under artisan conditions to reduce the salinity of the CCS. My internship consisted of assisting the licensing team at FPL’s Juno Beach office obtain the requirements for the construction of these wells. For this project I had multiple responsibilities including reviewing the monitoring report and the feasibility of the wells, researching other methods of mitigation, biweekly meetings for project updates and researching animal populations within the CCS.
Davidson, Chase M., "Salinity reduction of Turkey Point nuclear facilities cooling canal system; project development and implementation." (2014). Internship Reports (Restricted). 129.
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