CH2M Hill experts holding conference sessions

Industry experts from CH2M Hill will participate in two conference sessions at POWER-GEN International 2011.

Charles H. Davis, P.E. and Gary H. McAuliffe, P.E., will co-chair two conference sessions. The first, titled “Marginal Fossil Units – Revive, Repower or Retire,” starts Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. The second session, “Future Directions in Generation Capacity – Panel Discussion,” is on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

CH2M Hill performed integrated engineering, procurement, construction and start-up services for the 635 MW combined-cycle Empire Generating Plant, which won the Best Gas-fired Project during the Projects of the Year Awards Dec. 12.

Employees will also be on hand at the CH2M Hill Booth #6412 in the Las Vegas Convention Center..

LS Power drops plans for 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant in Georgia

LS Power has ended plans for the $2 billion, 1,200 MW Longleaf coal-fired power plant in Georgia as part of a legal settlement with an environmental group, news reports said. Officials with LS Power said a bad economy, lack of electric buyers and competition from other proposed plants made the project “difficult.”

As part of the agreement, LS Power must also drop plans for a coal-fired power plant in Arkansas and imposes strict new emissions limits on a recently opened coal-fired power plant in Texas, reports said.

Senior Chilean official to speak on business opportunities in South America Tatiana Molina S., cabinet advisor to Chile’s Ministry of Energy, will be speaking during POWER-GEN International 2011.

She will present “Energy Opportunities in Chile” on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in Room N222 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session.

The senior Chilean official is visiting the U.S. as part of an effort to attract solutions while offering international business opportunities in response to electricity challenges in South America. The region has a critical need for efficient generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in response to rapid increases in demand.

Molina will also be available at the Kallman Worldwide booth #7844 throughout the show.

U.S. DOE awards $520,000 to solar projects in Washington

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded more than $520,000 to a team of municipalities, utilities and nonprofit organizations led by the Washington State Department of Commerce to accelerate the use of solar power in the state.

The grant will provide $523,000 for the team to create an online permitting system, shorter permitting turnaround times and resolve barriers to install residential and small commercial rooftop solar projects.  This award is part of $12 million in funding for the Rooftop Solar Challenge under U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

Emerson reveals new app

Emerson Process Management introduces EDS Mobile, a native application for users of Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. It is designed to use standard Apple input gestures such as swipe, tap, drag, zoom and automatic screen orientation.

EDS Mobile is an extension of Emerson’s EDS technology, which provides remote users with a high-fidelity representation of what the operator sees in the control room. It also delivers Key Performance Indicator data, which can be customized to match customer metrics in the areas of fuel usage, plant availability, emissions, generation revenue and power factor.

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CCA receives combustion and emission control system orders

Combustion Components Associates (CCA) received orders for combustion and emission control systems in the U.S., Korea and South America representing a substantial revenue increase over last year. CCA is exhibiting at POWER-GEN International in booth #6238.

CCA received three orders for new gas burner conversions and gas trains from industrial customers in the US making the switch to natural gas, and a separate order was for a selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) application in the U.S. from an international chemical company and represents a duplication of an order received last year.

One unique international SCR order required reduction of 50,000 ppm NOx. Other orders were received for low NOx coal burner modifications and for baseline tests to support coal burner modifications; and multiple TRIM-NOX urea injection systems were ordered for diesel SCR applications. The remaining orders are for new burners, burner modifications, and combustion tempering on utility and industrial boilers.