St. Johns River Power Park

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St. Johns River Power Park is a 1,358-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by Jacksonville’s municipal electric utility JEA and Florida Power & Light of NextEra Energy near Jacksonville, Florida. It was commissioned in 1987-88.

In May 2017, co-owners JEA and FPL agreed to retire the plant in January 2018.[1][2] The plant was retired on January 8, 2018.[3]


The undated satellite photo below shows the site of the now retired St. Johns River Power Park, which sits on 1,600 acres in northeastern Jacksonville. The site includes two unlined ash ponds and three unlined landfills.[1]

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Jacksonville’s municipal electric utility (JEA, 80%), NextEra Energy (20%)
  • Parent Entity: City of Jacksonville, Florida
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,358 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 679 MW (1987), 679 MW (1988)
  • Retired: January 2018
  • Location: 11201 New Berlin Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32226
  • GPS Coordinates: 30.433667, -81.552528
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 10,100,000 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 23,020 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions:
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the St. Johns River Power Park

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[4] The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma-related episodes and asthma-related emergency room visits, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, peneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal-fired power plants. Fine particle pollution is formed from a combination of soot, acid droplets, and heavy metals formed from sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and soot. Among those particles, the most dangerous are the smallest (smaller than 2.5 microns), which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities.

The table below estimates the death and illness attributable to the St. Johns River Power Park. Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[5]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the St. Johns River Power Park

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 16 $120,000,000
Heart attacks 22 $2,400,000
Asthma attacks 260 $13,000
Hospital admissions 12 $270,000
Chronic bronchitis 10 $4,200,000
Asthma ER visits 15 $6,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011

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