Plant Crist – Ushering in a cleaner future with 100% natural gas

As part of Gulf Power’s commitment to investing in cleaner energy and meeting the future energy needs of Northwest Florida, Gulf Power is modernizing Plant Crist to run 100% on natural gas.

Gulf Power notified the Florida Public Service Commission on Nov. 10, 2020 that it plans to retire the plant’s coal assets early, resulting in benefits to the local community as well as cost savings for customers. Retiring coal at Plant Crist will end Gulf Power's use of coal in Florida.

Ending our use of coal delivers benefits for our customers and our communities through lower costs along with cleaner emissions:

  • By eliminating the use of coal at Plant Crist, Gulf Power will reduce the plant’s carbon emissions rate by 40% – the equivalent to taking an estimated 297,000 cars off the road annually – and reduce operating costs for customers.

We look forward to continuing to invest in cleaner energy solutions for Northwest Florida, including more efficient natural gas technology as well as emissions-free solar energy centers.

Project details

Converting coal-burning units to run on natural gas is a major piece of the modernization underway at Plant Crist along with:

  • Addition of four new, highly efficient combustion turbines to provide fast-start generation capacity of more than 900 megawatts to enhance grid reliability (expected to be in-service at the end of 2021),
  • And, a new natural gas pipeline to provide additional natural gas for the plant.

Gulf Power Plant Crist coal to natural gas conversion is an important step in Gulf Power's continued commitment to delivering clean, cost-effective and reliable energy to meet the growing demands of customers in Northwest Florida.

Project details

Converting coal-burning units to run on natural gas is a major piece of the modernization underway at Plant Crist along with:

  • Addition of four new, highly efficient combustion turbines to provide fast-start generation capacity of more than 900 megawatts to enhance grid reliability (expected to be in-service at the end of 2021),
  • And, a new natural gas pipeline to provide additional natural gas for the plant.

Numerous benefits of conversion projects

40% reduction of carbon emissions rate

40% reduction of carbon emissions rate

Equivalent to removing ˜297,000 cars from the road annually

Equivalent to removing ˜297,000 cars from the road annually

projected lower customer bills

Lower operating costs

$37 million in tax revenue

Enhanced tax revenue generation to Escambia County

projected lower customer bills

Lower operating costs

$37 million in tax revenue

Enhanced tax revenue generation to Escambia County

It took a 650-ton crane to hoist one of the larger pieces of equipment, a gas heater, into place at the Plant Crist gas yard as part of the coal to natural gas conversion. The heater will warm the natural gas to keep it from freezing in the pressure control valves that send the gas from the pipeline to the power plant.

Bright yellow new pipes threaded throughout the inside and outside of Plant Crist in Escambia County are the visible signs of the coal to natural gas conversion that will allow the plant to run 100% on natural gas.

Fast facts

Natural gas vs. coal for energy generation

  • Lower operating costs.
  • Environmentally friendly energy source.
  • Delivers reliable energy 24/7 to meet ever-increasing energy needs of our customers.

A cleaner energy future for Northwest Florida

Gulf Power and Florida Power & Light are working together to make Northwest Florida a leader in clean, solar energy that keeps costs down for customers and keeps the region beautiful.

  • Together, the companies have a plan to install 30 million solar panels throughout all of Florida by 2030, positioning Florida as a solar leader.
  • Approximately 11% of Gulf Power’s energy mix is from renewable sources, including four active solar fields, three of them on military bases across Northwest Florida.

Solar Energy Centers

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