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$160m shore power plan to electrify 8 cruise terminals at Port Everglades

A recently completed study recommended the provision of shore power at each of Port Everglades' eight cruise terminals
A recently completed shore power study for Port Everglades recommended delivering up to 16 megawatts of electricity simultaneously to each of eight cruise terminals.

This would be in accordance with IEC/IEEE 80005 standards.

$20m per cruise terminal

The estimated cost, including the projected cost of Florida Power & LIght (FPL) supply and distribution system upgrades, is approximately $20m per cruise terminal. The project is expected to be financed through federal and state grant funds, contributions from FPL, the participating cruise lines and Broward County.

Completion by end 2027

Implementation will occur in phases. The earliest construction could occur is mid-2024 with all phases completed by the end of 2027.

The study was by Moffatt & Nichol, working in cooperation with FPL, Carnival Corp., Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Group.

The comprehensive analysis assessed the capacity of the existing electrical grid and identified the necessary infrastructure upgrades required to deliver shore power to the diverse cruise ships calling Port Everglades.

CEO/Port Director Jonathan Daniels noted Everglades has been exploring the possibilities for electrification since 2009 when it opened Terminal 18 to homeport the world's largest cruise ships.

'This technology speaks to our core values of strength, resiliency and sustainability,' Daniels said. 'We are ready to harness this alternative for the good of our partners and our community.'

Aligns with Broward County climate change goals

To align with Broward County climate change goals, Port Everglades is advancing initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the installation of shore power infrastructure. Engine exhaust gases from cruise ships to power their hotel services while docked contribute to these emissions.

Full implementation of this shore power initiative is projected to eliminate 11,366 metric tons of CO2 while reducing NOx and SO2 emissions by 75% and 51%, respectively. This is equivalent to taking 2,470 cars off the road annually.

Clean energy sources

The electricity will be generated by FPL using a variety of energy sources, including natural gas, nuclear, solar and wind.