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Fortnightly Magazine - February 2012

the alternative energy project at one of its Marcellus Shale gas gathering compression facilities in Bradford County, Penn. KGRA’s system will convert waste heat from a series of compressor engines into retail grade electricity. The power can be used on site or sold back into the grid by KGRA. KGRA will begin installation as early as the first quarter of 2012.

GE signed contracts totaling almost $300 million with the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) to supply 13 gas turbines and associated services for the expansion of six power plants at various locations across the country. The expansions will add nearly 800 MW of power to the Saudi grid by the summer of 2013, in time to support peak electricity demands and reduce the risk of blackouts. In addition to supplying 13 Frame 7EA gas turbines and associated generators for the plant expansions, GE will provide technical advisory services and performance testing. The turbines will be manufactured in GE’s factory in Greenville, S.C. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin in May 2013.

Gemma Renewable Power (GRP) entered a $16.6 million EPC contract with Southern Sky Renewable Energy Canton to design and build a 5.7-MW (DC) PV facility located on a closed capped landfill in Canton, Mass. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2012.

FirstEnergy Solutions signed a long-term agreement to purchase the output from the 20-MW Maryland Solar Farm , a $70-million facility planned for Hagerstown, Md. Located on 250 acres of state-owned correctional facility land, the project is expected to be the largest solar facility in Maryland and among the largest on the East Coast. FirstEnergy Solutions will purchase the project’s output for 20 years, and will obtain the renewable energy credits produced. The project is expected to be operational in 2013. 

DTE Biomass Energy started operating a 3.2-MW landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Smith’s Creek landfill in Kimball Township in Michigan. The landfill operates one of the first commercial-scale septage injection landfill gas systems in the United States, whereby material extracted from septic tanks is applied to the landfill to speed the decomposition of organic waste.

NRG and New Meadowlands Stadium announced a new sponsorship agreement to bring solar power to MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and New York Football Giants. In addition, NRG will provide all of the additional electricity for the 82,500-seat stadium starting in June 2012. The solar power system, consisting of approximately 1,500 individual panels manufactured by Atlantis Energy Systems of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will be able to generate nearly 25 times the amount of electricity needed to power the stadium’s integrated LED lighting and display system. The panels will be assembled into 52 modules that will be raised to the top level of the stadium and bolted into a steel superstructure that will also provide shelter from rain and snow.  

EVs & Storage

Cadeville Gas Storage executed a 10-year agreement with Shell Energy North America for Cadeville to construct a depleted reservoir storage facility in Ouachita Parish, La., near the Perryville-Delhi Hub in northeast Louisiana. The storage facility is expected to be in service in 2013 and is