Tampa Electric's Polk Power Station celebrated 10 years of service as a world leader in clean coal generation
TAMPA, September 19, 2006
Community and business leaders, Tampa Electric officials and plant employees celebrated Polk Power Station's 10 year anniversary. Polk is a world leader in the production of electricity from coal-derived synthesis gas. Tommy Boroughs, chairman of the new Florida Energy Commission and Chuck Black, president of Tampa Electric, were the featured speakers.
The Polk Power Station began commercial operations in Sept. 1996 and was built in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. The plant has been called one of the nation's cleanest, most efficient and most economical coal-fired generation units. Its unit 1 is one of the first of its kind: a combination of coal gasification and combined-cycle technologies.
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said, "I congratulate Tampa Electric on the 10th Anniversary of the Polk Power Station. The Department of Energy is proud to be a partner with Tampa Electric in the successful development and operation of the Polk Power Station over the last 10 years. The Polk Power Station is a leader in developing and commercializing clean coal technology. This technology not only powers the homes of Floridians, but can also be used to harness our nation's 250-year supply of coal in an environmentally sensitive manner. This is exciting work being done at Polk that will help us fuel the future of our country. Again, congratulations and I wish you many more successes in the years ahead"
Through July 2006, the Polk Power Station has generated 12.8 million megawatt hours of electricity from syngas, more than any other facility in the world. It has hosted hundreds of dignitaries and guests from around the world who were interested in learning more about the use of gasification to produce electricity.
"We are very proud of the outstanding work by all the team members at the Polk Power Station. They are world leaders in commercializing clean coal technology over the last 10 years," said Black.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.