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Fortnightly Magazine - July 2010

Point Station in Somerset, Mass., which Dominion purchased in 2005. Under the terms of the $35 million contract, Alstom will supply a dry flue gas desulphurization system including NID reactors, fabric filters, mixer-hydrators, day silos, inlet and outlet plenums, support steel, and access platforms for unit 3 at the facility. Brayton Point is New England’s largest fossil-fueled generating facility with an output of 1,568 MW.

GeoGlobal Energy LLC (GGE), has become the largest investor in the first stand-alone, high-temperature flash technology geothermal power project to be developed in 20 years in California’s Imperial Valley, one of the largest geothermal resources in the world. The Hudson Ranch project will produce 49 MW of base-load power after its expected completion in two years. The entire electric output will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement with the Salt River Project. GGE is investing $90 million for construction of the $400 million Hudson Ranch project. With this equity, GGE also is becoming a 20-percent investor in Energy-Source, a renewable energy development company founded by Catalyst Renewables and Hannon Armstrong. GGE has a $225 million capital commitment from its sponsor, Mighty River Power, a New Zealand utility with 400 MW of geothermal in development and operation. GGE expects to develop between 500 and 1,000 MW of geothermal capacity in select markets, including the United States, Chile and Germany.

S&C Electric Co. was awarded a contract to perform engineering services for one of the largest solar plants in the world, Calico Solar. The plant, located near Barstow, Calif., is being developed by Tessera Solar and engineering, procurement and construction firm Mortenson Construction. It will use the Stirling Energy Systems (SES) SunCatcher solar dish to provide 850 MW of power. S&C’s services will include power flow modeling of the SunCatcher system; stability, short circuit coordination, and dynamic simulation studies; and design of the collector system. S&C also has revised dynamic modeling of the SunCatcher, integrating control system improvements by SES, the manufacturer of the SunCatcher, into the electrical system model.

SunEdison, the solar energy development division of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. agreed with First Reserve Corp. to establish a joint venture that could provide for the acquisition of up to $1.5 billion in current and future SunEdison solar photovoltaic energy projects. SunEdison has more than 350 solar electric power plants constructed and under management. First Reserve is a private equity and energy infrastructure investor with $20 billion under management. SunEdison and First Reserve say this joint venture will be one of the largest world-wide energy infrastructure enterprises focused on the long-term ownership of solar photovoltaic generation assets.

Efficiency & Conservation

The Government of Saskatchewan , Canada and Hitachi Ltd. signed a joint declaration to work together and share information for developing energy and environmental technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS) for thermal power plants, renewable energy and smart-grid technologies. The agreement is Saskatchewan’s first such agreement with an energy company in the energy and environmental technologies field and aims to strengthen existing efforts to commercialize low-carbon energy technologies. Additionally, it’s expected to enhance energy security,