BROWARD COUNTY, FL. March 2022.- Broward County<https://www.broward.org/Pages/Welcome.aspx> and its Port
Everglades<https://www.porteverglades.net/> Department, reached a $495,000 agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) to explore providing electrical shore power (also called cold ironing) to all eight cruise ship berths at the world’s third largest cruise homeport. The agreement gives FPL the go ahead to begin design services required to construct a new electrical sub-station and power distribution facilities at Port Everglades.
“When we first explored shore power back in 2009, few of the cruise ships
that came to Port Everglades were equipped to connect at that time, so it
was premature to make a multi-million dollar investment. Now is the time as
today’s cruise ships being built for energy efficiency and the lines are
retrofitting their older fleet with shore power technology,” said Port
Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels.
He added that the Port will seek state and federal cost-sharing
opportunities such as grants, with the balance of the project shared between
the Port and the cruise lines.
The approximately three-month preliminary design phase includes assessing
the capability and capacity of the electrical grid to determining the
necessary electrical infrastructure upgrades required to effectively deliver
shore power to each of the Port’s eight cruise berths.
The agenda item from today’s Broward County Board of County Commissioners
meeting can be found at
About Port Everglades
As one of Florida’s leading economic generators, Broward County’s Port
Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations.
Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world,
Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and
South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including
gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is
a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government with
operating revenues of almost $103.5 million in Fiscal Year 2021 (October 1,
2020 through September 30, 2021). It does not rely on local tax dollars for
operations. The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades
is nearly $29 billion. More than 196,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the
Port, including 10,389 people who work for companies that provide direct
services to Port Everglades. For more information on Port Everglades, visit
porteverglades.net<https://www.porteverglades.net/> or e-mail
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>.