Reactive power is becoming a hot issue in many regions of the country. Regulators and grid operators are grappling with ways to account fairly for reactive power supplies, and to encourage such...
NorthWestern Energy issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking energy supply resources to serve Montana customers beginning in 2014. NorthWestern is seeking up to 100 MW of firm supply from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2017 at Mid-Columbia or on NorthWestern’s system, and up to 300 MW of firm supply from July 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014 on the NorthWestern system.
American Electric Power received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to separate its Ohio generating assets from its Ohio distribution and transmission operations, and transfer these assets to a competitive generation company and regulated affiliates. AEP anticipates implementing corporate separation and the other items in the related filings by Dec. 31, 2013.
NRG Energy began commercial operation at its Marsh Landing Generating Station, a 720-MW natural gas-fired peaking plant near Antioch, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area. The facility’s turbines will operate with ultra-low NO X (nitrogen oxide)combustors, along with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and an oxidation catalyst system to reduce carbon monoxide and other organic compound emissions. Pacific Gas & Electric will purchase the output under a 10-year agreement.
Eskom contracted Siemens Energy to supply the Sere wind power plant on the west coast of South Africa. The scope of supply includes the delivery and installation of 46 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines on 115-meter towers. The deal also includes a five-year-service agreement. Installation is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2013, with startup expected during first half of 2014.
Dominion and FuelCell Energy broke ground on what they say is the largest fuel cell power project in North America. Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell will produce 14.9 MW from natural gas fuel. It’s part of Project 150, a program sponsored by the state and supported by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to increase renewable and clean energy projects in Connecticut by 150 MW. FuelCell Energy will build, operate, and maintain the facility under contract to Dominion. Dominion will sell the output to Connecticut Light & Power under a 15-year agreement. The project is scheduled for startup in late 2013.
Black Hills Corp. subsidiaries Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power and Black Hills Power began construction on the new Cheyenne Prairie generating station near Cheyenne, Wyo. The plant site is five miles southeast of downtown Cheyenne and will contain three natural-gas-fired turbines with a total capacity of 132 MW. The plant will include one simple-cycle combustion turbine unit that will be wholly owned by Cheyenne Light, and one combined-cycle unit that will be jointly owned by Cheyenne Light and Black Hills Power. The plant is scheduled to be placed in service in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Sweetwater Wind awarded a $2.6-million contract to S&C Electric to upgrade a portion of its 585-MW wind farm in Sweetwater, Texas. The upgrade will enable Sweetwater Wind to meet ERCOT’s new renewable energy generation interconnection standards. The new standards require Sweetwater Wind to provide a lagging power factor capability of 0.95 or less, and a leading power factor capability of 0.95 or less at the point of