NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    JANUARY 2015

U.S. Utilities Will Spend More Than $20 Billion/yr. For New Gas Turbine Facilities

The low price of natural gas, the environmental restrictions on coal burning and the robust economy are driving expansion of gas-fired power generation in the U.S. Hundreds of projects are in the planning and construction stage.  These are identified in McIlvaine Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Supplier Program.  Here are some of the projects for which commitments are just being made.

Oregon Clean Energy Center: Black & Veatch has been selected as the engineering, procurement, construction and startup contractor of the Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC) in Oregon, Ohio. The 869 MW facility is expected to begin commercial operations by July 2017.

Ponderosa King Energy Center: Competitive Power Ventures Holdings LLC (CPV) submitted land plans to the city of Houston for the 900 MW natural gas-fired Pondera King Energy Center. A power plant has been planned for the 203-acre site since about 2007.

Fox Energy Center: Wisconsin Public Service Corporation plans another natural gas-fired generator at the Fox Energy Center. The power plant would cost approximately $550 million. Construction could begin in spring 2016 with a goal of being online by 2019.

Hawkes Meadow: LS Power Group is considering building a 451-MW $400 million natural gas-fired power plant in Methuen, Massachusetts. Hawkes Meadow (subsidiary of LS Power) plans to operate the plant between 500 and 900 hours per year during peak times, to fill gaps in renewable electricity generation and during system outages. Construction could begin by the middle of 2016.

Stonewall Energy Power Plant: A Bechtel-Siemens consortium has received an engineering, procurement and construction contract from Panda Power Funds to build a natural gas-fueled combined cycle power plant in Loudoun County, Virginia. The 778 MW Stonewall Energy project will feature advanced emissions control technology. Siemens will deliver the power island equipment, including two SGT6-5000F gas turbines, one SST6-5000 steam turbine with a SCon-4000 condenser and two SGen6-1000A generators. Siemens will also supply one SGen6-2000H generator and two NEM duct-fired heat recovery steam generators along with the complete electrical system and SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system. Bechtel will be responsible for engineering and procurement for the balance of the plant as well as for the installation, construction and commissioning of the facility.

Riverside Energy Center Expansion:  Alliant Energy Corporation will ask for state permission to build a large natural gas-fired power plant near Beloit, at a cost of $725 million to $775 million. The parent company of Wisconsin Power and Light Co. says it needs to replace older and less-efficient coal and natural gas-fired power plants owned by Alliant across the state. The new plant would generate 650 MW of electricity. Alliant hopes to have a decision in time to start construction in 2016 and begin running the plant in 2019. The site chosen for the project is the Riverside Energy Center in the town of Beloit, which is already home to a WPL natural gas-fired power plant.

York Energy Expansion: CB&I won a contract by Calpine Mid-Merit LLC, an affiliate of Calpine Corp., for the initial development phase of a combined-cycle gas turbine power station in Peach Bottom Township, Pennsylvania. The 760 MW unit will be built adjacent to the existing York Energy Center.

Chouteau OK:  Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) will pay $296.9 million for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 495-MW combined-cycle power plant near Chouteau, Oklahoma. The project, which includes a new substation, is expected to be completed during spring 2017. The site will feature a 328-MW gas turbine known as the M501J and a 167-MW steam turbine from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems. It will be the first J-series gas turbine installed in the Western Hemisphere. The unit will replace an old coal-fired unit at the Grand River Energy Center.

Alpine Power Plant: Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Otsego County's Elmira Township Michigan. It would cost more than $100 million. Wolverine wants to start construction in 2015.  The new plant could begin operations in 2016 if the project moves forward as planned.

For more information on the Gas Turbine and Combined Cycle Supplier Program, click on: