Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are evolving as utilities seek to spread risks, contain costs, and execute their business strategies. As a result, turnkey contractors are...
government-owned utility, and Macquarie Capital.
Minnesota Power accelerated its plans to build its third wind energy project in North Dakota, citing several factors for moving up its timeline—a competitive turbine market, federal production tax credits and regulatory support. Minnesota Power submitted a plan to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to build a 105-MW, $157 million wind farm in Oliver and Morton counties in central North Dakota. The 35-turbine Bison 3 project is sited near the company’s Bison 1 and 2 wind projects. The energy from all three projects will be delivered to Minnesota Power customers via a direct-current transmission line, extending 465 miles from the Square Butte substation in Center, N.D., to the company’s Arrowhead substation near Duluth. The addition of Bison 3 will move the company within 5 percent of achieving the state’s 25-by-2025 renewable portfolio mandate in the year 2020.
Hydro Green Energy LLC (HGE), a renewable energy company with proprietary hydropower technology, filed for a FERC license to install and operate seven hydro power projects on locks and dams operated on the Mississippi River by the Army Corps of Engineers. The projects, initially totaling 56 MW of green power, are located within the Midwest Independent System Operator service territory (MISO).
Green Mountain Power installed an NPS 100 wind turbine from Northern Power Systems at a customer site. Green Mountain Power will own, operate and maintain the turbine. The project will be group-net metered, with the host site receiving 10 percent of the energy generated, and the rest used by Green Mountain Power. Northern Power Systems says it will provide web-based monitoring of the turbine allowing the host and others in the community to view in real time the output and green credits generated by the NPS 100.
Southern Company’s 25-MW carbon capture and storage facility is now operating and capturing carbon dioxide. Located at Plant Barry near Mobile, Ala., the CCS facility is the world’s largest for a coal-fired power plant. It will capture approximately 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, or the equivalent of emissions from 25 MW, for permanent underground storage in a deep saline geologic formation. The project uses Mitsubishi KM-CDR amine solvent technology. Captured CO2 from the plant will be supplied to the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) for transport by pipeline and injection 9,500 feet underground at a site within the Citronelle oil field.
Suzlon Wind Energy received a new order for a 31.5-MW wind project in Amherst, Nova Scotia, being developed by Sprott Power . Suzlon is delivering the S97-2.1 MW turbines, 15 in total, as part of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. Startup is scheduled for March 2012.
SOLON announced an agreement with UniSource Energy Services (UES) that will bring a 1.22-MW solar system to Kingman, Ariz. UES will own and operate the system on six acres owned by the Kingman Unified School District (KUSD). SOLON is leading EPC services, and will provide development and support. The project will use six of SOLON’s single-axis trackers, manufactured at the company’s Tucson headquarters. Local county contractors will assist in installation.