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2014 PLANT OF THE YEAR
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Earns POWER ’s Highest Honor
The era of Big Solar has arrived, and at the moment there are none bigger than Ivanpah. For overcoming numerous obstacles to build the world’s largest
solar thermal plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is awarded POWER’s 2014 Plant of the Year Award.
2014 TOP PLANTS: GAS
Andong Combined Cycle Power Plant, Andong, South Korea
For a country focused on wooing big businesses, constructing large industrial complexes, and building new administration offices, having a reliable
electricity supply is vital. But with few natural resources, flexible and efficient generation is imperative.
CPV Sentinel Energy Project, Desert Hot Springs, California
Owner/operator: Competitive Power Ventures and Diamond Generating Corp.
Awash in a sea of wind turbines, California’s Coachella Valley needed reliable peaking generation to back up its intermittent wind power. Competitive
Power Ventures answered the call with the eight-unit, 800-MW Sentinel plant.
Jingqiao Power Plant, Beijing, China
Owner/operator: Beijing Jingqiao Thermal Power Co., Ltd
The Municipal Government of Beijing through its operating companies is making enormous investment into its power and energy infrastructure, particularly
combined heat and power facilities and renewable energy projects. The latest addition to its fleet of plants is the Jingqiao Power Plant, which
supplies electricity to the Beijing grid and steam heat to nearby commercial and government facilities.
New York University Cogeneration Plant, New York City
Owner/operator: New York University
NYU needed to repower its decades-old cogeneration system and cut emissions at its main campus in Lower Manhattan. The new gas turbine–based
system cut the university’s energy bills by $5 million a year—and kept it going when Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast.
Quisqueya I & II, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Owner/operator: Barrick Gold and EGE Haina/EGE Haina
With a huge gold mine set to increase the load on an already overstressed grid, the mine owners and a Dominican generation company found a way to
power mine operations and address capacity shortfalls by joining forces on the same project.
Ulsan 4 Combined Cycle Power Plant, Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea
Owner/operator: Korean East-West Power Co., Ltd.
Combined cycle plants have the advantages of being extremely efficient and can be built in two phases when power needs peak unexpectedly. Ulsan 4
was built in response to the country’s 2011 power crisis for both reasons. The first task was installation of the combustion turbines in time to meet the
2013 summer peak demand. The steam plant portion of the project was completed a year later.
2014 TOP PLANTS: COAL
Camden Power Station, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
South Africa began mothballing coal-fired plants almost 25 years ago when reserve margins were high and independent power producers (IPPs) were
invited to invest. Ten years later, mass electrification, rapid industrialization, and low power prices that failed to attract IPPs caused reserves to dip to
dangerous levels. Camden was one of three coal plants brought out of retirement to keep the lights on.
Hitachinaka Thermal Power Station Unit 2, Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Owner/operator: Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Think your project was tough? Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) finished one of the world’s most efficient coal-fired power plant on time despite a
9.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated both the site and much of the country.
Mundra Thermal Power Plant, Mundra, Gujarat, India
Owner/operator: Adani Power Ltd.
The nine-unit Mundra thermal power plant is one of the largest coal-fired plants in the world, but it takes up minimal space and uses both fuel and
Sesa Sterlite Captive Power Plant, Jharsuguda, Odisha, India
Owner/operator: Vedanta Resources PLC
Operating a coal-fired plant of any sort in India is a challenge these days, but Sesa Sterlite’s 1,215-MW plant is also tasked with supplying vital power
to an adjacent aluminum smelter. Despite a difficult regulatory environment and ongoing coal market difficulties, the plant has not just met expectations
but has risen well above them.
Trianel Coal Power Plant Lünen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Owner/operator: Trianel Kohlkraftwerk Lünen GmbH und Co. KG
Although Germany’s Energiewende is all about reducing consumption and transitioning from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewable energy, it hasn’t
completely halted the development of new coal-fired facilities. The Lünen plant demonstrates that even in countries keen on renewables, coal is still
an important resource.
2014 TOP PLANTS: NUCLEAR
Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant, Liaoning Province, China
Owner/operator: Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.
While other countries move to reduce or eliminate nuclear generation, China has been rapidly expanding it. With 27 reactors under construction, its
installed nuclear capacity is expected to more than double by 2020. The Hongyanhe facility is one example of nuclear’s growth in China and represents
Kudankulam Atomic Power Project, Unit 1, Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu, India
Owner/operator: Nuclear Power Corp. of India, Ltd.
Think your nuclear plant faced delays and obstacles? India’s Kudankulam project, Unit 1 of which begins commercial operation this month, spent 26
years in development and construction and faced down obstacles that included a seven month blockade by protesters to become the nation’s largest
2014 TOP PLANTS: RENEWABLES
Agua Caliente Solar Project, Yuma County, Arizona
Owners/operator: NRG Energy and MidAmerican Renewables/First Solar
The 290-MW Agua Caliente Solar Project is the latest addition to the nation’s growing solar capacity and now holds the title as the largest photovoltaic
plant in the world. The $1.8 billion project was completed in April 2014.
Ashta Hydropower Plant, Shkoder, Albania
Retrofitted to the outlet of a 30-year-old reservoir, the two-stage, 53-MW, 90-turbine Ashta Hydropower Plant on the Drin River in northwest Albania
is a textbook example of how innovative run-of-river hydropower projects are harnessing latent generation worldwide.
Hometown BioEnergy, Le Sueur, Minnesota
Owner/operator: Minnesota Municipal Power Agency/Avant Energy Inc.
Using agricultural and food-processing waste products, Hometown BioEnergy is helping the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency meet state-mandated
renewable energy standards while also providing a valuable fertilizer for area farmers and solid biomass as a fuel for other facilities.
London Array Offshore Wind Farm, Outer Thames Estuary, UK
Owners/operators: E.ON/DONG Energy/La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec/ Masdar
The 175-turbine London Array wind farm was built on schedule, on a scale once thought unfeasible for the emergent offshore wind sector—and despite
economic headwinds of the global recession and rough weather and sea conditions. Its success has beenvital for the UK, which has anchored its energy
future with offshore wind power.
Solana Generating Station, Maricopa County, Arizona
Owner/operator: Abengoa Yield
The 280-MW Solana Generating Station combines concentrating solar power (trough) technology with thermal energy storage, which allows the plant
to operate after the sun goes down with up to a 38% annual average capacity factor. The $2 billion project began generating electricity in October 2013.