*The notices contained on these pages are applications that DEP staff reasonably expects to result in a heightened public concern or likelihood of request for administrative proceedings, based on the size, potential effect on the environment or the public, potential controversial nature, and the location of the activities.
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File Number / Link to File in OCULUS
Gulf Power - Chautauqua Solar Energy Center
The Department received an application on January 7, 2020, for an Environmental Resource Permit to construct a 74.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar energy center on approximately 868 acres of agricultural lands in Walton County.
Columbia, Suwannee, Madison, Jefferson, Leon, Gadsden and Jackson
Gulf Power Company applied on July 29, 2019, to the Department for a permit, water quality certification, and authorization to use sovereign submerged lands owned by the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Board of Trustees) for Gulf Power Company to build a 176-mile, 161-kV overhead transmission line from the existing Florida Power & Light (FPL) Raven Substation in Columbia County to the existing Gulf Power Company PC Sinai Cemetery Substation in Jackson County. This transmission line will traverse portions of seven counties (Columbia, Suwannee, Madison, Jefferson, Leon, Gadsden, and Jackson) in north Florida. This project will help build a more resilient energy grid that benefits Gulf Power customers through enhanced reliability and lower energy costs. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2020 with the project becoming operational in mid-2021.
On Oct. 11, 2004, The St. Joe Company and the department established the Ecosystem Management Agreement for Bay and Walton counties (EMA). The EMA provides a flexible and predictable permitting process that will benefit the public and ERP applicants and will yield a net ecosystem benefit to the region over the traditional individual permit process. Implementation of the EMA satisfies all applicable standards and criteria, and includes commitments by the St. Joe Company to various operation, mitigation and conservation conditions that exceed current applicable regulatory requirements.
On May 29, 2015, the St. Joe Company and the department established the Second Ecosystem Management Agreement (F.S. 403.0752). This EMA Area (EMA #2) encompasses 42,889 acres of St. Joe owned lands within the West Bay Sector Preservation Area in Bay County.
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