Tour – TECO Big Bend Modernization

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The IEEE Florida West Coast Section Life Members Affinity Group (LMAG) and Power & Energy Society/Industry Applications Society (PES/IAS), in collaboration with TECO is bringing to the IEEE community this awesome behind the scenes tour of the Big Bend Modernization Project located in Apollo Beach. This is a great event for Life Members to get connected with fellow IEEE Members and the community.
Tampa Electric (TECO) completed the Big Bend Modernization project safely, on time and under budget. Big Bend Unit 1 is now the most efficient generator in Tampa Electric’s fleet. The project has repowered Big Bend Unit 1 with state-of-the-art combined-cycle technology and has eliminated coal as that unit’s fuel. Construction began in August 2019, and the project came online Dec. 16. Crews worked more than 3.5 million hours with no lost-time injuries. The project is capable of producing 1,090 megawatts (MW), which is enough energy to power more than 250,000 homes. The company also retired Unit 2, and Unit 3 will retire in spring 2023. Unit 4 remains in operation with coal or natural gas. "This project is improving the land, water and air emissions at Big Bend, and it is a continuation of TECO’s great environmental record," said Archie Collins, president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric. "This investment in cleaner energy will provide significant savings to customers – and will further reduce our use of coal."
**IMPORTANT** As participants register for this event, please note that ALL attendees will be responsible for supplying and bringing their own personnel protective equipment (PPE) including steel-toe boots, cotton shirt and pants, hard hat, and safety glasses.
There will be a group lunch following the tour with the Life Members Affinity Group and those who attend. Details to follow.
Additional information will be provided ahead of the event via email to those registered.
Co-sponsored by: Tampa Electric (TECO)
Speaker(s): Marnix A. Groenendijk, PE,
603 Big Bend Rd, Apollo Beach, Florida, United States, 33572, Virtual:

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