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JEA
Type Municipal Utility
Headquarters 21 West Church St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Area served FL
Key people James A. Dickenson, CEO
Industry Electric Utility
General Utility
Products Electricity, Water & Sewage
Revenue $1.46 billion (2007)[1]
Net income $65 million (2007)[1]
Employees 2,356 (2007)
Parent City of Jacksonville, FL
Website JEA.com

JEA (formerly Jacksonville Electric Authority), located in Jacksonville, Florida, is the eighth largest community-owned electric utility company in the United States, and the largest in Florida. As of July 2007, they were serving more than 409,000 electric customers, 303,000 water customers and 228,000 sewer customers.[2]Besides Jacksonville (Duval County), JEA also has customers in Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties.

  • Electricity: owns/operates three generating plants and all transmission and distribution facilities; co-owns two additional power plants with Florida Power & Light Company. JEA also operates a methane-fueled generating facility at the Girvin Road Landfill.
  • Water: 150 artesian wells tapping the Floridan Aquifer are distributed through 44 water treatment plants to provide 80 million gallons of water each day through 3,480 miles of water lines.
  • Sewer: 2,500 miles of collection lines and six regional sewage treatment plants which handle more than 60 million gallons of wastewater per day.

Power portfolio

Out of its total 3,905 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.37% of the U.S. total), JEA produced 40.4% from oil, 34.8% from coal, 24.8% from natural gas, and 0.1% from biomass. All of JEA's power plants are in Duval County, Florida.[3]

Existing coal-fired power plants

JEA owned 1 coal-fired power plant in 2005, with 1,358 MW of capacity:[3][4][5]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
St. Johns River FL Duval 1987, 1988 1358 MW 10,100,000 tons 23,020 tons

Coal Ash

In 2010, a project to recycle the coal ash from JEA's Northside Generating Station began facing the Florida's Department of Environmental Protection's questions about why the ash ended up in environmentally sensitive Clay County wetlands. The ash is processed and marketed to road-builders under the product name EZBase. About 16,500 tons were spread last year over a series of private dirt roads that cut through wetlands near Black Creek in Middleburg.[6]

Although state rules say it can't be placed around water, some was used to build a boat ramp. Neighbors worried about the effects of the ash around the flood-prone creek, which flows into the St. Johns River. An inspector from the St. Johns River Water Management District reported that EZBase had also been spread over fill on wetlands at a training ground at Camp Blanding, the Florida National Guard's base southwest of Middleburg.[6]

The Department of Environmental Protection told both JEA and the property owner to clear the EZBase out of the wetlands, but as of March 2010 that has not happened.[6]

Articles and Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 JEA Annual Report, JEA, 2007, p. 14.
  2. Florida Times-Union: Jul 27, 2007-What's the market value of JEA?
  3. 3.0 3.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  4. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  5. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Steve Patterson,"JEA ash giveaways raising state worries" The Florida Times Union, March 28, 2010.

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