Utilities are leaving no stone unturned in their search for ways to save electricity. Federal incentives will support new technologies and projects, but can those incentives overcome structural...
is a coal-fired power plant consisting of two 125-MW boilers, originally built in 1970. Nalco Mobotec will begin work immediately, with both units scheduled for continuous operation of the new system by December 2011. The ROTAMIX technology will build on previous NO x reduction provided by Nalco Mobotec’s ROFA (rotating opposed fired air) technology to contain and reduce NO x emissions.
Johnson Controls signed an energy performance contract (EPC) with the German army for the Oranienstein base. The German army hopes to cut annual energy costs a the base by 49 percent and further reduce its emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 55 percent. Johnson Controls already is retrofitting another German army base in Aulenbach, aiming to reduce energy costs by 69 percent and GHG emissions by 76 percent. In order to reach these targets, Johnson Controls says it will deploy retrofit and improvement measures including: replacement of an 850-kW oil boiler by a woodchip boiler; installation of two mini gas-fired combined heat and power plants (CHP); construction of a gas pipeline for CHP; change of warm water supply in several buildings; installation of meters; modernization of controls and more.
ComEd launched a series of smart-grid pilots to evaluate the latest technologies and implementation approaches in areas such as residential solar power, the company’s first intelligent substation, distribution automation and electric-vehicle charging stations. The initiative, which ComEd calls the “smart grid innovation corridor” encompasses 10 communities and will build upon the smart meters currently installed in 130,000 residences in that area.
Enspiria Solutions helped NVEnergy secure formal, regulatory approval of its advanced service delivery (ASD) project from the Nevada Public Utility Commission, which unanimously approved NV Energy’s ASD project. ASD is NV Energy’s smart- grid and smart-meter project, and will enable customers to directly manage their energy use and allow for better management of energy resources statewide. NV Energy received $138 million in smart-grid investment grant stimulus funding from the U.S. DOE, specifically for implementation of the $301 million ASD project. Enspiria supported ASD development across strategy, business case, solution architecture, and vendor selections; and is now providing program management and systems integration support for the ASD deployment.
Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) selected Tantalus as its smart-grid technology platform. JEA, a municipal utility located midway between Nashville and Memphis, operates one of the most advanced utility-owned fiber-optic networks in the country. The bandwidth afforded by fiber enables JEA to roll out a range of demand-response applications, including Tantalus smart thermostats and load control for residential and C&I customers, in addition to implementing smart metering to over 100,000 electric, water and gas endpoints. The project also includes strategic deployment of electric meters equipped with remote disconnect under glass switches, which allows JEA to address non-payments and move-in, move-outs directly from its operations center.