Fla. PSC approves Tropicana renewable energy deal

State regulators have approved a deal for Tropicana Manufacturing Co. to generate renewable energy.

The Public Service Commission gave its approval Tuesday for interconnecting a 1.6 megawatt generating facility at Tropicana’s Fort Pierce plant with Florida Power & Light Co.

It will burn renewable landfill gas to power Tropicana’s citrus processing plant.

The agreement will require Tropicana rather than FPL to pay the $95,000 cost of modifying the utility’s interconnection facilities to handle the new generating facility.

It complies with the commission’s net metering rule designed to encourage homeowners and businesses to generate their own renewable energy while remaining interconnected with an electric utility.

That allows the utility to supply additional power if needed or buy excess renewable energy generated by homeowners or businesses.

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