Business Briefs

Issue 9 and Volume 109.

Having now received approval from regulators in Kansas and Missouri, KCP&L is seeking environmental permits to build a $776 million coal-fired power plant about 40 miles north of downtown Kansas City. KCP&L also plans to spend $272 million on environmental upgrades at existing plants and $131 million for 100 MW of new wind capacity.

Calpine has reached an agreement with Siemens regarding its Siemens F- and G-class gas turbines and eight steam turbines that represent more than 12,000 MW. The restructuring includes a five-year arrangement to purchase Siemens parts and services, provides greater operating and turbine maintenance flexibility, and resolves outstanding issues between the companies. Calpine expects to retrofit its Siemens turbine fleet over the next 18 months to further maximize availability.

TVA has offered its Bellefonte nuclear plant site in Alabama for a proposed new nuclear plant backed by the NuStart nuclear consortium. TVA provides technical services for the consortium.

DTE Energy plans to exit its distributed generation business, DTE Energy Technologies, and focus on non-utility operations. DTE plans to spend up to $1 billion through 2008 on power and industrial projects, unconventional gas, and fuel marketing and transportation, as part of its plan to focus on and invest in non-utility operations.

Plug Power has received a $943,000 contract extension from the U.S. Department of Defense to begin field testing Plug’s next-generation continuous-run fuel cell systems. Plug’s next-generation continuous-run 5 kW prime power, liquefied petroleum gas-fueled systems will be operated at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia to confirm system reliability and suitability for forward deployment efforts on military bases.