FPL, the main subsidiary the Florida Power & Light Company promised its corporate-wide support this week to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new voluntary Climate Leaders program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.JUNO BEACH, Florida 2002-02-26 [SolarAccess.com] At a launching of the program in Washington, FPL Group CEO, Lew Hay, pledged FPL’s support in participating as a charter partner in the EPA program that will begin by taking an inventory of six greenhouse gasses produced by fossil fuel-burning facilities and other greenhouse gas contributors. “FPL Group is an industry leader in using clean fuels such as natural gas, nuclear, wind, hydro and solar to generate electricity. Over the past decade, we voluntarily have made significant reductions in plant emissions, and today we’re among the lowest emitters of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide in the industry,” Hay said. “Partnering with the EPA in Climate Leaders is an important next step for FPL Group to take along our journey to assess and reduce emissions at our power plants in Florida and throughout the country.” FPL claims that its U.S. rate of emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, one of the major greenhouse gasses being addressed, are significantly below the national and state averages and put FPL among the lowest emitters in the industry. The groups says that as a participant since 1994 in the Department of Energy’s Global Climate Challenge program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, FPL has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions rate by 12 percent. FPL says that as a result of its total emissions reduction efforts within the past ten years, FPL-operated power plants in Florida have reduced the emission rate of sulfur dioxide by 28 percent and nitrogen oxide by 41 percent. These numbers will be reduced even further when the full benefit of re-powering efforts now under way at Fort Myers and Sanford power plants are achieved by the start of 2003. Re-powering, says FPL, involves replacing older, less efficient oil-fired electric generators with modern efficient natural gas-fired combined cycle technology that increases plant electricity output while very significantly decreasing emissions.