The red-striped smokestacks at Port Everglades will be demolished in 2013 under a plan by Florida Power & Light to modernize its old, polluting power plant, the company announced Monday.
The company said it plans to invest $1 billion to convert the plant from oil fuel to natural gas, using technology that will increase the plant’s efficiency and sharply reduce air pollution. The new plant will cut air pollution emissions by more than 90 percent.
“The emissions reductions are quite spectacular,” said Daniela Banu, Broward County’s air quality administrator, after reviewing the company’s plans.
Although the company had taken steps to reduce emissions over the years, the new plant will reduce or eliminate emissions of several major pollutants by switching to cleaner-burning natural gas, she said.