Tallahassee is a vibrant City that is home to Florida’s state government, two major universities – Florida State University and Florida A&M University, as well as one of the largest community colleges in the state – Tallahassee Community College. Centrally located in the panhandle, Tallahassee is only hours away from white sandy Gulf beaches, Walt Disney World and the Atlantic Ocean. Tallahassee has one of the top parks and recreation departments in the country and was recently named an All American City for the 2nd time. Leon County Schools were recognized by the Florida State Board of Education as an Academically High Performing District for the second year in a row.
Tallahassee’s Electric Utility provides reliable electric service to over 117,000 customers in a 221 square mile service territory that includes both the City of Tallahassee and portions of the unincorporated areas of Leon County. A full service vertical electric utility, Tallahassee owns and operates 746 MW of generation located at two major plants. The Arvah B Hopkins facility has 504 MW of natural gas fired combined cycle (GE F class), conventional steam and simple cycle combustion turbines. The Sam O Purdom facility has 242MW of natural gas fired combined cycle (GE F Class) and simple cycle combustion turbines. Tallahassee has embarked on a generation replacement project that will result in 94MW of natural gas fired reciprocating engines being installed at radially fed substation and the Hopkins facility. This project, once completed, will allow for the retirement of 132 MW of older conventional steam and simple cycle combustion turbines. In addition, Tallahassee recently entered into a purchase power agreement for a 20MW solar PV facility to be directly connected to the system. Tallahassee Electric has been recognized nationally and regionally for its strong performance. These recognitions have included the APPA E. F. Scattergood Award, two APPA DEED Energy Innovator Awards, FMEA Safety Award, five time APPA Reliable Public Power Provider at the Platinum level and Power Magazine naming the City’s Hopkins Generating Plant one of the Top Six Gas Fired Power Plants in the World.