Combined Cycle, Renewables

Business Briefs

Issue 3 and Volume 108.

International Power has mothballed its 1,100 MW combined cycle gas turbine Hays power station in Texas for an indefinite period because of weak wholesale electricity prices in Texas.

Dominion Resources has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the operating licenses of its two units at the Millstone nuclear station in Connecticut. If approved, the 870 MW Unit 2 would continue operating until 2035 and the 1,150 MW Unit 3 until 2045. The license for Unit 2 is now scheduled to expire in 2015, while Unit 3’s license will expire in 2025.

Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Co. has launched a new business unit to provide property insurance to the U.S. power generation industry, including utilities and wholesale suppliers.

Royal Dutch/Shell Group will build a large solar energy plant near the city of Leipzig in eastern Germany. The $27 million plant will have 33,500 solar modules with a total output capacity of 5 MW.

SunPower Philippines Corporation has signed a pact with the Philippine government to build a $330 million solar wafer factory, the largest such facility in Southeast Asia.

PUMP-FLO Solutions, provider of pump sizing and selection software, and BigMachines, provider of IT solutions, have announced a partnership to offer their integrated front-end solution to all pump manufacturers.

Foster Wheeler Environmental Corp., has begun processing low-level radioactive waste at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory following U.S. DOE authorization for start-up.