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CPV puts 680-MW Gas-fired New York Plant into Operation

The 680-MW CPV Valley Energy in eastern New York is up and running to provide power to about 600,000 homes, project owner Competitive Power Ventures announced this week.

The gas-fired facility in Wawayanda, New York, was built in a joint venture construction effort with Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc., Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. and ECCO II Enterprises, Inc. The Valley Energy Center uses two Siemens SGT6-5000F gas turbines, one SST-5000 steam turbine, and three SGen-1000A generators.

“I’m proud to announce the commercial operation on natural gas of the CPV Valley Energy Center. After nearly 10 years of development and construction, we are providing significant value to the area and New York,” said CPV CEO Gary Lambert in a statement. “This facility will enhance the reliability of the Lower Hudson Valley electric system, reduce annual electricity costs to New York consumers by a forecasted $700 million while reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 500,000 tons a year. We look forward to being an integral part of the community for decades to come.”

The gas turbines and generators were manufactured at Siemens’ Charlotte Energy Hub, the global base for the company’s 60 Hz power generating equipment.

Siemens will also service the plant’s major components and parts through a long-term contract, and handle outage services, program management, engineering support, and remote diagnostics and monitoring. As part of its long tradition of working with CPV, Siemens’ Financial Services (SFS) division supported this project, providing $80 million of the total $540 million construction / term loan.

“Our technology, service, and financing partnership with CPV’s Valley Energy Center in New York is a model for how Siemens can provide efficient, reliable, and low-carbon power to customers across the country while meeting state and local clean energy goals,” said John Gibson, Country Division Lead for U.S. Power and Gas, Siemens. “Siemens looks forward to providing homes and businesses throughout the lower Hudson Valley region with affordable and reliable energy.”

Construction employed close to 3,000 workers and the operations will support more than 20 full-time employees, according to the release.

With the Valley Energy Center completed and operational, CPV now has six natural gas-fired generation stations and one wind energy center in the U.S. Overall, the company has developed 21 projects totaling 13 GW of natural gas or renewable generation assets.

(Rod Walton is content manager for Power Engineering and the POWER-GEN International Conference happening December 4-6 in Orlando. He can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 918-831-9177).