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Adding big battery turns non-spin peaking GT into spinning reserve

On the one hand, if this Southern California Edison (SCE) facility is a harbinger, the industry could be entering a golden era of creative, innovative grid-scale storage applications. On the other hand, California is such an anomaly, this golden era, at least from a national or global perspective, could still be years away. Either way, […]

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LM6000 breakout at Western Turbine invaluable to owner/operators

The LM6000 is the most popular of Western Turbine’s four breakout sessions, attracting more participants (300 plus at the 2017 meeting in Las Vegas) than the LM2500, LM5000, and LMS100 breakouts combined. Andrew Gundershaug, plant manager of Calpine Corp’s Northern California Peakers, chairs this group. Gundershaug’s day job is to manage seven LM6000 peakers at […]

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Availability up, user interest in the LMS100 gains momentum

The first LMS100 began commercial operation at Basin Electric Power Co-op’s Groton (SD) Generation Station 11 years ago. As of January 2017, 61 units were operating, according to Charlotte-based Strategic Power Systems Inc (SPS), which tracks powerplant equipment performance for the industry. The OEM reported that through Dec 31, 2016, its LMS100 fleet had accumulated […]

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Aero combined cycle enhances reliability, flexibility for Pasadena

In California, it seems, the objectives with new supply capacity have to do with molecules and minutes—that is, minimizing “molecules” of NOx emissions under all load and dispatch scenarios and shaving minutes off of dispatch response times. For the City of Pasadena Water & Power Dept, add a third objective: Addressing a long-standing reliability issue. […]

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SPS data point to generally excellent performance by LM6000 and LM2500 engines

In closed-session presentations to owner/operators of LM6000 and LM2500 engines at the 27th Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Western Turbine Users Inc (Las Vegas, March 19 – 22, 2017), engineers from Charlotte-based Strategic Power Systems Inc (SPS) reviewed last year’s fleet performance (November 2015 – October 2016) based on ORAP® data. They then identified […]

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