Generating power while sustaining the environment
The 417-MW* Deerhaven Generating Station is GRU's largest power plant.
Deerhaven began commercial operation in 1972 with Unit One, a natural gas
or oil fired generating unit. One year later, GRU negotiated a permanent
tie into the state electric grid through the Florida Power Corporation,
which allows us to buy and sell excess power. In 1981, Unit Two was constructed
becoming the first municipally owned coal burning electric generating unit
in the state.
Deerhaven is one of Florida's most efficient and economical
power generating stations, partially due to the use of coal. The state designated
the site as a "Stewardship Forest" for good stewardship of the land and
demonstrating multiple use practices in natural resource management. The
site at Deerhaven is 1,146 acres and is home to a large variety of plants
and animals. To protect the natural habitat and our native groundwater,
Deerhaven is a "zero discharge" plant. Process waste is reclaimed on site,
and natural and artificial materials line all plant areas to protect groundwater.
Groundwater monitoring wells are regularly sampled to ensure the safety
of the aquifer. GRU also monitors and controls air emissions.
CCR Rule Compliance and Data Information
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GRU offers guided tours of its utility plants, including Deerhaven Generating Station. For more information, visit the Facility Tours and Speakers page.
* Net summer generation capability