As long as sparks are flying in Jacksonville, everything is A-OK with JEA. The community-owned, not-for-profit utility provides electricity to 420,000 customers in Jacksonville and surrounding areas in northeastern Florida. Managing an electric system that dates back to 1895, JEA has a net generating capacity of 3,760 MW. It owns an electric system with five primarily fossil-fueled generating plants. JEA also gets 12.8 MW of generating capacity from two methane-fueled landfill plants. The company resells electricity to other utilities, including NextEra Energy. JEA also provides water and wastewater services; it serves 300,000 water customers and 230,000 wastewater customers.
The company's power assets include 730 miles of transmission lines and about 6,550 miles of distribution lines.
JEA's water supply comes from 136 artesian wells tapping the Floridian Aquifer and is distributed through 36 water treatment plants and more than 4,200 miles of water mains. Its sewer system operates seven wastewater treatment plants.
The cooperative serves customers in Northeast Florida.
Higher power rates and increased water demand (due to hot and dry weather) helped to lift JEA's overall revenues in 2011 by almost 7%. The higher revenues coupled with lower fuel and purchased power costs helped the company to post an almost 30% jump in operating income for the year.
To help meet state regulations for carbon emission control, JEA expanded its renewable energy portfolio in 2010 with a 12.6 MW solar project that commenced operating that year. It also plans to get 10% of its energy requirements from nuclear energy by 2018, and 30% by 2030. In this regard JEA has signed a purchase power agreement to get 206 MW from a nuclear plant beginning in 2016 and is pursuing additional purchased power contracts.
JEA is also building out more fossil fuel capacity. In 2011 it completed the Greenland Energy Center which included two 175-MW natural gas-fired combustion turbines.
The electric utility grew from a department of city of Jacksonville into an independent authority created by city and county government consolidation in 1967. In 1997 the water and sewer systems (which had been operated by the city since 1880) were also placed under JEA management.