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Changes are coming to Tampa Electric's coal-fired Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. 

As part of their “Big Bend project," TECO will spend $853 million to convert one of its coal units, Unit 1, to use natural gas. Another coal unit, Unit 2, will be shut down in 2021. 

Cherie Jacobs, a spokeswoman for TECO, said this move is part of the companies move away from coal by 2023.

"This Tampa Electric project is part of our strategy to reduce our carbon footprint," said Jacobs.

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A federal agency says Tampa Electric Company ignored its own rules when performing a dangerous maintenance job at one of its plants that left five workers dead.

On Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration slapped the company with its most serious citation — a willful violation.

Study: Florida Third-Worst For Power Plant Pollution

Sep 11, 2013
Yoselis Ramos

Even though Florida is known for its sunshine, we have the third-worst carbon* pollution of any state, at least according to one report.

A citizen advocacy group, Environment Florida,  released a report today called "America's Dirtiest Power Plants."  Environment Florida used 2011 federal data to rank the dirtiest power plants nationwide. Florida ranks third in electric power sector emissions, particularly in carbon dioxide.