2002-12-14 / Front Page

FPL Hosts Open House To Discuss New Power Facility

By Gary G. Toms

FPL Hosts Open House To Discuss New Power Facility
By Gary G. Toms

This photo shows the proposed site for the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility.This photo shows the proposed site for the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility.

Florida Power and Light (FPL) Energy hosted an open house for the proposed Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility on Monday, December 9. The two-session event, one conducted from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and the second from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., was held at the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC) facility, located at 23-55 Healy Avenue in Bayswater.

"This forum is for community residents to learn about the proposed project, discuss issues that are of concern to them, and exchange ideas with the project development team," said FLP spokesperson Deb Colton.

Once meeting all environmental and governmental guidelines, the new facility will be located adjacent to the existing Bayswater Peaking Facility on the KeySpan Far Rockaway Power Station site. With the enormous amount of development that is projected over the next several years, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has determined that there will be an additional need for electrical usage in the Rockaways, and the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility will act as an additional power source for the Rockaway community.

FPL Energy is the nation's leader in wind energy and a leading independent producer of clean energy from natural gas, solar energy and hydroelectric power, generating more than 80 percent of its power from clean and renewable sources. It is a subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc., nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy related products and services.


A layout of the KeySpan Far Rockaway Plant's  (FPL Energy) Bayswater Peaking Facility was on display at the open house. The Bayswater Peaking Facility was built within six months.A layout of the KeySpan Far Rockaway Plant's (FPL Energy) Bayswater Peaking Facility was on display at the open house. The Bayswater Peaking Facility was built within six months.
FPL spokesperson Deb Colton, (left) speaks with Alla Nesmith about the project. Nesmith attended the meeting as a representative of City Councilman James Sanders, Jr.FPL spokesperson Deb Colton, (left) speaks with Alla Nesmith about the project. Nesmith attended the meeting as a representative of City Councilman James Sanders, Jr.
Bert J. Cunningham, Vice-President of Communications - LIPA (far right), said that he was excited about the new facility. He is pictured with members of the Florida Power and Light team.Bert J. Cunningham, Vice-President of Communications - LIPA (far right), said that he was excited about the new facility. He is pictured with members of the Florida Power and Light team.

An illustration of FPL's Combustion Turbine Technology, which is part of the Bayswater Peaking Facility system, was featured in one of several displays. The same technology will be utilized in constructing the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility.An illustration of FPL's Combustion Turbine Technology, which is part of the Bayswater Peaking Facility system, was featured in one of several displays. The same technology will be utilized in constructing the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility.
FPL representative Coke Coakley explains the need for the facility to Bayswater residents.FPL representative Coke Coakley explains the need for the facility to Bayswater residents.

By using "environmental friendly" technology, FPL Energy says they are working to restore the Jamaica Bay Wetlands.By using "environmental friendly" technology, FPL Energy says they are working to restore the Jamaica Bay Wetlands.
Arnie Katz, Project General Manager for FPL, gave The Wave an overview of the project.Arnie Katz, Project General Manager for FPL, gave The Wave an overview of the project.

An outline of the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility's air emissions system was also on display.  																															 Photos by Gary G. TomsAn outline of the Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility's air emissions system was also on display. Photos by Gary G. Toms

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