The finalists were selected from eight major categories: Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Solar, Wind, Bioenergy, Hydro/Marine and Geothermal.
For the first time in the award program, there is a tie in the Best Solar Project category. The three finalists are the Solar Electrification of 57 Remote Villages in the Andhra Pradesh, India; the Solar-Agro-Electric model from Abelon Clean Energy in India; and the 50-MW Godawari Green Energy Project in Rajasthan, India.
The Best Coal Project finalists are Duke Energy’s Cliffside Modernization Project in Cliffside, N.C. and the John W. Turk Plant in Fulton, Ark., owned by American Electric Power.
The finalists for Best Wind Project are BrightSource Energy’s Marble River Wind Farm in Clinton, N.Y., and the Bison Wind Project Phase 2 and 3, owned by Minnesota Power in New Salem, N.D.
The 2013 Best Natural Gas Project finalists are the Cape Canaveral Clean Energy Center in Brevard County, Fla. and the El Segundo Energy Center in El Segundo, Calif., both by Siemens Energy.
The Best Bioenergy Project finalists are the Sacramento BioDigester by CleanWorld in Sacramento, Calif., and the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center from EMI Energy in Florida.
The Best Nuclear Project finalists are Florida Power & Light’s Extended Power Uprate Project in Florida and the Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station, Steam Generator and Reactor Vessel Closure Head Replacement Project, nominated by URS Corp. in Louisiana.
The Best Hydro/Marine Project finalists are Alstom’s Xiangjiaba hydroelectric power plant in China, and the North Fork Skokomish Powerhouse and Fish Passage Facility, owned by Tacoma Power near Hoodsport, Wash.
The Best Geothermal Project finalists are the Ngatamariki Geothermal Power Plant in Taupo, New Zealand, and the McGinness Hills Geothermal Power Plant in Lander County, Nev., both owned by Ormat Technologies Inc.
Voting has commenced for the final category: Readers’ Choice. Readers can cast their vote for their favorite project, selecting among the entire group of Project of the Year finalists. The voting page is here. Voting is open until October 1, 2013.
“The world’s appetite for energy continues to grow,” said Richard G. Baker, senior vice president of PennWell’s Power Generation Group. “Companies like those represented by this year’s project finalists are instrumental in meeting the growing demand. Power Engineering magazine is once again pleased to be able to recognize some of the exceptional power generation projects that were completed in the past year.”
“The innovation and sheer force of will exhibited by this year’s Renewable Energy Project of the Year winners is an important achievement worthy of the world’s recognition,” said Jim Callihan, Vice President and Publisher of Renewable Energy World magazine and RenewableEnergyWorld.com. “Each of these successes, these achievements are important not only for today, but for years to come as the technology of renewable energy evolves for use by future generations.”
The winners of the Projects of the Year Awards will be announced during a gala awards banquet on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Hard Rock Live at the Universal Resort in Orlando, Fla. as part of the POWER-GEN International Conference and Exhibition and the co-located NUCLEAR POWER International Conference and Exhibition, Renewable Energy World Conference & Exhibition North America and the Financial Forum.
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