Business Briefs

Issue 11 and Volume 110.

TXU will spend $353 million to retrofit existing coal-fired units in Texas with additional air quality control systems.

NRG Energy expects to spend nearly $200 million in environmental capital expenditures in 2007, $300 million in 2008 and $450 million in 2009.

Foster Wheeler North America has entered into a 15-year agreement with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction to provide a technology license for subcritical pressure CFB steam generator projects in Korea, the Indian subcontinent and other regions. The agreement also contemplates collaboration between both companies on EPC opportunities.

Exelon Generation will begin the application process for a combined construction and operating license (COL) for the possible construction of a new nuclear plant in Texas. In a letter to the NRC, Exelon said it was reserving its option to develop a new nuclear plant in Texas without immediately committing to build it. Among issues that must be resolved are a permanent solution to used fuel disposal, broad public acceptance for a new nuclear plant and assurances that new technology can be financially successful. Exelon said it expects to submit the COL in 2008.

Cape Wind Associates, which hopes to build the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. in Nantucket Sound, wants to increase the height of its proposed turbines by 5 percent, or 23 feet. The company says increasing turbine height to 440 feet above sea level when the tallest blade is pointing straight up will make them more productive on light wind days. Project opponents say the wind farm would be “an industrial eyesore” when seen from Cape Cod and other communities.

GE Energy has delivered a 6 kW prototype solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system to the U.S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory as part of DOE’s program to build a highly efficient, multi-megawatt SOFC-based system that operates on coal. The prototype has achieved an efficiency of 49 percent and represents a step in using SOFC technology for large-scale, commercially viable SOFC products for power generation.