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Electric Facilities

JEA operates five power plant sites in Jacksonville, has an ownership interest in a power plant in Georgia, and purchases power locally from a solar field and a landfill gas facility. JEA also builds, operates and maintains countless substations needed to bring you reliable power.  In 2016, system improvements included six new substations built or under construction to help improve overall power quality and reliability for customers.

Fuel Diversity

Over four decades ago, JEA made a commitment to produce electricity with a diverse fuel source. Diversity in fuel mix is very important in providing reliable, economical and environmentally-sound electricity.

In the 1970s, JEA produced electricity using just one type of fuel, oil. In 1973, the oil embargo caused the price of oil per barrel to quadruple. For many years, JEA customers benefited from the production of electricity using solid fuel. Natural gas prices were high and solid fuel was economical. A couple of years ago, natural gas prices plummeted, and JEA was able to meet the electric demands of our customers at a low cost. The 2014 Polar Vortex then caused natural gas prices to skyrocket. The market price for fuel fluctuates based on demand.  

JEA now has a diverse generation fleet by using solid fuel, natural gas and some solar and biogas. In addition, JEA will have nuclear power through a purchase power agreement by 2020. This allows JEA to produce electricity based on economics. And these savings are passed on to our customers. 

Brandy Branch Generating Station 

The Brandy Branch Generating Station (BBGS) houses three natural gas combustion turbines and has a heat recovery steam generator to recover excess heat from two of the turbines (called combined-cycle). This allows JEA to produce nearly 50 percent more electricity with no additional fuel costs and virtually no new emissions. Total site capacity is approximately 640MW in the summer and 760 MW in the winter.
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Brandy Generation Facility Aerial Shot

Northside Generating Station

The Northside Generating Station (NGS) uses natural gas, fuel oil, coal and petroleum coke in three large steam units and four small diesel-powered peaking units to produce more than 1300MW of peak electric capacity. NGS boasts two of the largest Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustors (CFBs) in the world that are both clean and fuel-diverse, affording JEA the flexibility to utilize the most economic fuel choices while still achieving exceptional emission levels. NGS is also among the cleanest solid fuel plants in the world. NGS was originally placed into service in 1966, but the oldest unit currently operating (Unit 3) was completed in 1977.
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Northside Facility

Kennedy Generating Station

The Kennedy Generating Station uses natural gas with diesel fuel as backup, in two large combustion turbines. Power for Jacksonville has been produced at the KGS site since 1912. Of course, the units in service today are not nearly that old. The two units in operation today were installed in 2000 and 2009. Total site capacity today is approximately 300MW. 
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St. Johns River Power Park

The St. Johns River Power Park (SJRPP) will be decommissioned in early January 2018. The plant and its employees have reliably served Jacksonville for nearly 30 years, however homes and businesses are more energy efficient now and customers are using less electricity. By closing the plant, JEA will increase its asset utilization and save millions of dollars every year. That money will pay down debt and be directed toward capital improvement projects to benefit all customers. Decommissioning will also keep rates stable longer. JEA will keep 100 of the nearly 2000 acres around the power park for a possible future natural gas plant. The rest of the property, including 30 acres on Blount Island used to off-load coal, will be sold. JEA will decrease its carbon footprint by 30 percent by closing the plant and taking down the two large cooling towers.
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SJRPP Facility

Greenland Energy Center

Greenland Energy Center began operation in 2011. Located in the Florida 9A/9B connection corridor area, it is JEA’s first new generation site south and east of the St. Johns River in more than 50 years. It will assist in meeting our customers’ future electricity needs and significantly improve electric reliability during peak load periods. Like KGS, the GEC facility uses natural gas in two large combustion turbines to generate 300MW. The clean-burning natural gas turbines provide electricity with a low air emission output, and are also capable of using ultra-low sulfur diesel as a backup fuel. In the future, conversion to a combined-cycle unit will allow for increased output production and improved efficiency by using heat already produced during the process. 
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Greenland Generation Facility Aerial View

Plant Scherer

Plant Scherer, located near Macon, Georgia, is operated by the Georgia Power Company. Unit 4, one of the four steam units located at the site, is partially owned by JEA. Unit 4 uses coal to produce JEA's 200MW portion of electricity output, which is delivered to Jacksonville over large, high-voltage electric transmission lines.

Plant Scherer Facility

Jacksonville Solar

Jacksonville Solar is a 15MW DC solar photovoltaic (PV) facility located in west Jacksonville near Baldwin. It began generating energy in 2010. The facility is owned by PSEG Solar Source LLC and consists of approximately 200,000 photovoltaic panels on a 100 acre site. Juwi Solar, Inc., a Colorado-based developer and turn-key installer of solar power plants, provided the engineering, procurement and construction services. The solar project avoids approximately 22,430 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually while generating about 22,430 megawatt-hours of electricity a year, an amount equal to about what 1,450 households consume. The ground-mounted, fixed photovoltaic system uses 100 percent renewable energy (sunlight) and JEA receives all electricity and renewable energy credits generated by Jacksonville Solar for a 30-year term. JEA makes all of the environmental attributes (Renewable Energy Certificates or RECs) from this facility available to sell in order to lower rates for our customers. This large project establishes JEA as a leader in solar electricity generation and offers an educational opportunity for Jacksonville residents to learn about solar energy.
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Solar Facility

Nuclear Purchase Agreements 

Adding power from nuclear sources to our portfolio is part of a strategy to make the utility less dependent on fossil fuels. We plan to purchase 200 Megawatts (MW) of power from Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) from a new nuclear facility to be constructed at the existing Plant Vogtle, and slated to be operational by 2020. We will not own the facility, but plan to buy power from the Waynesboro, Georgia plant for 20 years. 

In 2011, we reserved the option to acquire partial ownership of two new nuclear units to be constructed at an existing plant owned by Duke Energy located in Cherokee County, South Carolina. If we exercise the option, it would bring enough electricity to power about 175,000 homes in our community in typical conditions.

Nuclear power is an alternative that will lower our overall carbon footprint. Nuclear energy provides almost 20 percent of the nation’s electricity and is the number one source of emission-free electricity. 

Nuclear Towers Being Built