Author Archives: Darrell Proctor

Martin Drake Power Plant

Utility Reaches Settlement in Emissions Lawsuit

The Colorado Springs City Council, which also serves as the board for community-owned Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU), approved the settlement of a lawsuit brought against the city’s downtown coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant, an agreement that in part promises CSU will look at options for 100% of its power to come from renewable sources as […]

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Group Says RGGI Has Generated $4 Billion in Economic Activity

A study from an economic, financial, and strategy consulting group says the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state program designed to cap emissions from power plants in the northeastern U.S., has generated $4 billion in net economic activity even as it has increased electricity prices in the region. The report from the Analysis Group, […]

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Proposed Power Plant Sparks Debate in New Jersey

Debate continues over a proposed $1.5 billion power plant that would be built in North Bergen, New Jersey, and would send electricity to New York City. The project includes a 1,200-MW combined cycle facility, along with a 6.5-mile 345-kV underground and submarine cable that would go through Bergen County, under the Hudson River, and connect […]

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Investments in Renewables Dwarf New Coal, Gas Generation

A report from groups including the United Nations environmental arm and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows renewable energy installations were responsible for 61% of the world’s net power capacity additions in 2017, more than double the new-builds from fossil fuel-powered generation. The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, compiled by BNEF, the […]

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PJM: More Than 3,600 MW Will Retire in 2018

Data from regional transmission organization (RTO) PJM Interconnection shows about 630 MW of power generation will be taken offline in the grid operator’s territory in April, with more than 3,600 MW scheduled to be retired this year, according to the organization’s website. This month’s deactivations are scheduled to begin April 16. Last week, Ohio power […]

Duke Energy Florida said it would commission the first unit of its two-unit Citrus gas-fired combined cycle plant in September 2018. Units 2 of the 1,640-MW facility, fed with natural gas from the Sabal Trail pipeline, will be commissioned in November 2018. The plant is replacing a coal-fired plant at the site in Citrus County, Florida, that began operating in 1966. Courtesy: Duke Energy

Duke Energy Ready to Commission New Florida Gas Plant

Duke Energy Florida will commission both units of its new 1,640-MW Citrus gas-fired combined cycle power plant (Figure 1) by the end of 2018. The company on April 3 said the 820-MW Unit 1 will come online in September, with a second 820-MW unit entering service in November. Construction of the $1.5 billion plant began […]

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CAISO Backs PG&E Clean Energy Plan for Oakland

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has approved a request from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to provide a mixture of energy storage, energy efficiency, and system-wide upgrades to ensure reliable electricity in the Oakland, California, area, after the retirement of an aging Dynegy jet fuel-powered plant. PG&E received CAISO approval for its Oakland […]

Canal power plant in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Courtesy: EPA

GenOn Selling More Assets in Restructuring

GenOn Energy, a unit of NRG Energy that filed for bankruptcy in June 2017, said it has agreed to sell two units of the Canal Generating Plant to Stonepeak Kestrel, a subsidiary of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm with offices in New York City and Houston, Texas. The Canal plant in Sandwich, Massachusetts, […]

Michael Reid, general manager of technical programs at Duke Energy, talks about his company's use of digitization in monitoring and diagnostics (M&D) of assets. Reid spoke at POWER magazine's 2018 ELECTRIC POWER Conference + Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Darrell Proctor, POWER magazine

Utility Managers Build Business Case for Digital Technologies

The rise of digital technologies for power plants has moved in fits and starts over the past several years, with some generators quickly embracing digitization of their assets while others are looking to justify potential investments. Suppliers of digital technologies have widely marketed the benefits, but many generators are looking to current end users for […]

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Turbine Manufacturers Tout Improvements During ELECTRIC POWER Conference

Turbine manufacturers continue to upgrade their products with technology enhancements to meet market demands for more flexibility and higher efficiency. Suppliers for combined cycle power plants outlined several of those advancements during POWER magazine’s ELECTRIC POWER Conference + Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee this week. Executives from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America (MHPS), Siemens, and GE […]