The City of Denton, Texas, announced plans to increase renewable energy use to 100% by 2020. But before adding more solar and wind power to its energy portfolio, it first would need a way to produce power when renewable sources were unavailable. And it would need it quickly.
As renewable integration increases on the grid, operators are challenged to provide the flexible generation needed to accommodate significant up or down system load ramps and maintain system balance.
Two reciprocating engine generation facilities in remote areas of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are models of savings and efficiency for the power industry.
Amid the damage and disruption caused by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, a bright spot stands out. The New Orleans Power Station (NOPS), a 128-megawatt reciprocating engine power generating facility designed and built by Burns & McDonnell, performed as designed. The NOPS was the first local plant back online, thanks to black start capability that brought power back to many sections of the city well before grid repairs were complete.READ MORE
Utilities need to plan for dispatchable generation as they transition the generation mix to meet ambitious renewable energy goals.READ MORE
Reciprocating engines can bridge the gaps of intermittent renewable power. An engineer-procure-construct contractor can mitigate risks on new installations.READ MORE
The desirability of renewable energy has increased for utilities and homeowners alike. But its popularity also has exposed a host of unknowns — for utilities, homeowners and the grid — as well as the need to look at the production and delivery of this energy from a holistic perspective.READ MORE
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