New Cogenerated Power Line Between Mosaic Facilities in Florida Helps Meet Sustainability Targets and Reduce Costs
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New Cogenerated Power Line Between Mosaic Facilities in Florida Helps Meet Sustainability Targets and Reduce Costs

 
November 14, 2016   |   ShareThis

A new power line connecting Mosaic’s South Pierce facility in Polk County, Florida, and South Pasture Mine in Hardee County, Florida, will allow the company to reduce costs by increasing our internal use of cogenerated power. Mosaic captures heat generated during the sulfuric acid manufacturing process and uses it to produce “cogenerated” electrical power that is virtually free of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Last year, Mosaic’s Florida and Louisiana manufacturing facilities produced more than 1.7 million Megawatt-hour (MWh) of cogenerated power, equivalent to powering almost 160,000 homes for a year.

The South Pierce facility makes more cogenerated power than it can consume internally, so excess electricity is usually sent back to the electrical grid. The new tie line will allow South Pasture to use the power instead. The tie line is approximately 20 miles long – half of which is new construction – and can deliver an additional 21 MW of Mosaic-generated power, offsetting the cost to purchase power from the utility company.

On average, South Pasture will receive more than 14,000 MWh of electricity a month from South Pierce, which would have otherwise cost more than $750,000 from the utility company. The new tie also helps Mosaic reach sustainability targets because using more cogenerated power internally allows the company to reduce energy use and GHG footprint by reducing the amount of fossil-fuel based power provided by the local grid.