Tampa Electric seeks bids for Polk station
Tampa Electric is seeking proposals to expand its Polk Power Station as customer growth and the end of purchase-power agreements will increase the utility's need for electricity over the next five years. The utility, a subsidiary of TECO Energy, is considering replacing its four simple-cycle natural gas plants with a more efficient combined cycle plant. The upgrade would increase the power station's output by 460 megawatts, enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes, by January 2017. Depending on the results of the request for proposals, Tampa Electric says it will expand the station or buy needed power from other companies. Cost, reliability and environmental performance will factor into the decision, the company said. Tampa Electric serves more than 672,000 customers in West Central Florida. The utility's request for proposal will be available Friday at www.tampaelectric.com/2017powerrfp.
Spain wants all artifacts back
Spain wants the last of the treasure from a 200-year-old shipwreck that was recovered by Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration. Specifically, Spain wants some artifacts that it believes Odyssey left behind in Gibraltar when it flew the coins to the United States in May 2007. The artifacts include at least 100 silver coins, personal effects of sailors and ship equipment, said James Goold, a Washington attorney who represents the Spanish government. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Pizzo did not indicate when he might rule.
SPC forum looks at energy policy
Energy experts will examine the latest technologies for conservation, efficiency and renewable energy Wednesday at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus. The forum, part of a three-part series the college is hosting on energy policy and how it affects Floridians, will include Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; Robert Scheffel Wright, an energy and public utilities lawyer; Joseph R. Treshler, vice president of business management and development at Covanta Energy; and Chuck Warrington, managing director and executive officer of Clearwater Gas System. The discussion, free and open to the public, runs from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Seminole campus' Digitorium, 9200 113th St. N. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.spcollege.edu/solutions.
Times staff and wire reports