On May 13, Florida Power & Light’s application to build two new nuclear units at its Turkey Point power plant was approved by Florida’s Siting Board. I couldn’t be more pleased to have this valuable resource in our back yard. Turkey Point produces clean, reliable electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions and contributes in many meaningful ways to our area’s economic health.
The existing Turkey Point power plant provides more than 600 high-quality, good-paying jobs. The construction of the two new units would be one of the largest projects in the history of the state, creating 3,500 jobs during construction and 800 permanent jobs once the plant is operational. From materials to labor to the services needed to support the massive construction team, this project would benefit thousands of South Florida businesses.
These investments in nuclear power do more than just create jobs, they also save all of us money. Since nuclear fuel prices tend to be low and stable compared to other fuels, FPL estimates that the new nuclear units would save FPL customers more than $170 billion in fossil fuel costs over a 60-year lifetime. This is a staggering dollar amount, and building the new nuclear plants would keep that money in our pockets and off our bills.
Rosa Brito, president, Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, Homestead