Tampa electric to shut down big bend coal unit that killed 5 tbo.com b games virus

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Five workers died in June 2017 after performing a known-to-be-dangerous maintenance procedure on Unit 2. The incident resulted in a $126,749 fine from federal regulators and a "willful" designation for safety violations found following an investigation. Tampa Electric is currently appealing the designation.

"Safety is our first priority, and it influences everything we do," Jacobs said. "But it is not the driving force behind this project. This decision was in the works for more than a year, and this decision was made because it is in the best interest of customers."

"Coupled with our significant increase in solar power, these changes will make Tampa Electric substantially cleaner and greener than it is today," Tower said in a release Thursday. "This investment in cleaner generation will also provide significant savings to customers through lower expenses for fuel and maintenance of the existing units."

Revamping the Apollo Beach facility will take place by 2023. Tampa Electric did not provide an estimate for how much customers’ monthly bills would increase if the project is approved by state regulators, but that uptick wouldn’t happen until after the project is finished.

"As the cost of solar drops dramatically, the economic opportunity with solar is increasing, and power generated with fossil fuels is becoming more and more uncompetitive," she said. "Plus you have the environmental impact of coal-fired plants which put out the biggest source of mercury pollution and is responsible for vast amounts of greenhouse gas pollution."

Five workers died in June 2017 after performing a known-to-be-dangerous maintenance procedure on Unit 2. The incident resulted in a $126,749 fine from federal regulators and a "willful" designation for safety violations found following an investigation. Tampa Electric is currently appealing the designation.

"Safety is our first priority, and it influences everything we do," Jacobs said. "But it is not the driving force behind this project. This decision was in the works for more than a year, and this decision was made because it is in the best interest of customers."

"Coupled with our significant increase in solar power, these changes will make Tampa Electric substantially cleaner and greener than it is today," Tower said in a release Thursday. "This investment in cleaner generation will also provide significant savings to customers through lower expenses for fuel and maintenance of the existing units."

Revamping the Apollo Beach facility will take place by 2023. Tampa Electric did not provide an estimate for how much customers’ monthly bills would increase if the project is approved by state regulators, but that uptick wouldn’t happen until after the project is finished.

"As the cost of solar drops dramatically, the economic opportunity with solar is increasing, and power generated with fossil fuels is becoming more and more uncompetitive," she said. "Plus you have the environmental impact of coal-fired plants which put out the biggest source of mercury pollution and is responsible for vast amounts of greenhouse gas pollution."