Power Engineering Magazine's Top 2014 Projects Announced

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Power Engineering Magazine has released its 2014 projects of the year.  F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is excited that two of their fire protection projects have been chosen this year!  Congratulations to Florida Power & Lights Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center and Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

Natural Gas Winner:  Florida Power & LIght Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center.

The Florida Power & Light Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center was built on the site of a 1960s-era oil-burning plant. The new plant uses 33 percent less fuel per megawatt-hour than its predecessor and is capable of producing more than 1,250 MW of electricity without using any additional water or land, all while significantly reducing emissions. The plant utilizes combined-cycle natural gas technology that reuses exhaust heat given off by the gas turbine to create steam and generate additional energy.

The new Riviera Beach facility produces approximately half of the CO2 emissions, and more than 90 percent fewer air emissions, of the oil plant it replaces. In addition, the plant's administration building was built to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards and includes rooftop solar panels, which help reduce the plant's auxiliary load requirements.

In the plant's first full year of operations, it is expected to generate approximately $25 million in new tax revenue to benefit local residents. Over its 30-year operational lifespan, the plant is expected to generate approximately $350 million in tax revenue and provide FPL customers with hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel and other savings. A manatee education center will be built next to the plant and is due for completion in 2015. The center will include meeting rooms, educational exhibits, a boardwalk, and a manatee viewing area.  Click here to continue reading.

Renewables Winner:   Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

After years of development and months of testing, the 392-MW concentrating solar power (CSP) behemoth known as Ivanpah was officially commissioned in January 2014.

It was the recipient of a $168 million loan from Google and a $1.3 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which has proven to be a profitable renewable energy program thanks in part to the success of Ivanpah.

Located in California's Mojave Desert, Ivanpah is a shining beacon of renewable energy progress, as evidenced by the fanfare at its dedication. Esteemed guests included representatives from Bechtel, NRG Energy, Brightsource, financiers from the DOE and Google, and Grammy-nominated rock band The Fray, which used the project as a backdrop for their album cover and recent music video.  Continue reading here.