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JUNO BEACH, Fla. — Florida Power & Light Company today used controlled charges to bring down two, blue 150-foot-tall smokestacks and two power-generating boilers at its historic Cutler Power Plant in Palmetto Bay, Fla. The Cutler plant, which has been inactive for more than four years, is no longer necessary due to a multi-billion dollar investment that FPL has made in its Turkey Point Power Plant and in developing more efficient natural-gas power plants throughout South Florida.
Cutler Power Plant Demolition
The demolition comes less than a month after FPL brought down four smokestacks and boilers at its Port Everglades Power Plant to make way for a new, more fuel efficient plant that will run on clean, low-cost American natural gas. The new plant is scheduled to commence operations during 2016.
“The demolition of the Cutler Power Plant is further affirmation of FPL’s commitment to our customers to reduce our dependence on foreign oil while deliveringaffordable, reliable energy, generated by low-cost natural gas produced right here in the U.S.,” said FPL President Eric Silagy. “Key to our commitment is the development of state-of-the-art, safe, clean, efficient generating facilities that will continue to keep our customers’ electric bills among the lowest in the State of Florida.”
Located on 85 acres overlooking Biscayne Bay, the Cutler Power Plant began providing service to FPL customers in 1949 during President Harry S. Truman’s term. At one time, the plant was the largest power generator in the company’s fleet, providing enough power for 350,000 homes.
The plant officially closed on Nov. 30, 2012. Dismantling of the plant began the following month. FPL is evaluating its long-term plans for the site, but does not plan on building another power plant. A substation located on the property is continuing to operate to ensure customers receive reliable power.
The Cutler Power Plant was one of the first outdoor power plants built in Florida and hailed for its architecture. In addition, the plant appeared in the 1961 film “Chivato” that focused on a band of American crusaders who join counter-revolutionaries in Cuba to help overthrow Fidel Castro.
“For more than six decades, the Cutler facility proudly served its purpose, meeting the energy needs of millions of people throughout South Florida and FPL’s broader electric system,” said NextEra Energy Executive Vice President of Power Generation Tony Rodriguez. “Today, we continue FPL’s proud tradition of powering South Florida’s growth with state-of-the-art clean energy facilities that are the envy of the nation.”
In addition to the new Port Everglades plant, the company recently commissioned the Cape Canaveral Clean Energy Center and is modernizing its Riviera Beach plant, which is scheduled to begin operating next year. All three plants are running or will run on clean, low-cost American natural gas.
FACTS ON CUTLER POWER PLANT
Plant was named after Dr. William C. Cutler, a prominent surgeon from Chelsea, Mass., who owned property in the once-isolated area in the 1880s.
Though the plant’s land was purchased in 1937, plant construction began in 1947 after World War II.
Cutler began operating in 1949 during Harry S. Truman’s presidency.
The gates to the plant are restoration copies of St. Augustine’s original portals, built by the Spaniards in 1702.
Cutler was one of the first outdoor power plants built in Florida, winning awards and praise for its design.
Cutler was also once the largest power plant in Florida, powering 350,000 customers and employing 130 people.
The plant had six power-generation units by 1955. The two units that remain were placed on standby during the 1970s, but put back into service in 1982 to meet the area’s energy needs.
The plant made its 1961 film debut in “Chivato,” focusing on a band of American crusaders who join counter-revolutionaries in Cuba to help overthrow Fidel Castro.
Cutler operated for 63 years.