November 8, 2004
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TALLAHASSEE - Secretary of Corrections James V. Crosby, Jr., local officials, and representatives from Florida Power & Light CO (FPL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) debuted the use of a microturbine generator at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach. This unique public/private partnership will research the creation of clean energy in a controlled community setting.
"We are looking forward to participating in this research project and we are delighted to be a partner with energy leaders such as FPL and EPRI in an effort to find better ways to manage energy use and cost," said Crosby. "Tomoka is a perfect site because of the prison's dependency on electricity to maintain a safe, secure environment."
The microturbine generator will be used as a back up energy source and as a stand-alone power unit to help reduce operating costs. The microturbine uses cleaner burning natural gas that may prove to be more efficient than the diesel systems currently in place.
"FPL believes that technology -- combined with energy conservation -- is needed to meet the electric needs of customers and support environmental initiatives now and in the future," said Paul Hamilton, vice president of state legislative affairs for FPL. "The microturbine project at Tomoka Correctional Institution clearly supports this effort."
"Florida is demonstrating advanced, low-emission technologies to protect public health and the environment," said Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Energy Allan Bedwell. "By investing in cleaner energy, the state will continue to diversify the economy, conserve resources and reduce dependence on fossil fuels."
Tomoka Correctional Institution opened in 1981 and houses 1,023 minimum, medium, community and close custody inmates. The Florida Department of Corrections is the nation's third largest correctional system with over 82,000 inmates at 56 major prison facilities throughout the state. The department has 26,000 employees and a $2 billion annual budget.