Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Announces 207-MW Ledyard Windpower Project in Iowa

LCG, September 23, 2021--Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, earlier this week announced the construction of the 207-MW Ledyard Windpower project in Kossuth County, Iowa. Verizon Communications entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 180 MW of the wind energy for 15 years to meet its net-zero goals.

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Illinois Governor Signs Energy Bill to Transform the Electric Sector

LCG, September 16, 2021--The Governor of Illinois yesterday signed into law SB 2408, a wide-ranging bill that will significantly impact the electric sector, along with impacts on the transportation sector, jobs and communities. The legislation requires 100 percent carbon free energy by 2045 and targets a path to achieve 100 percent renewables by 2050.

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Siemens Energy to Provide Hydrogen-Capable Gas Turbines to OPPD

LCG, June 18, 2021--Siemens Energy announced yesterday that Siemens Energy will provide two F-Class turbines to power Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD) new Turtle Creek Station Peaking Plant in Papillion, Nebraska. The simple cycle turbine facility will be used to modernize back up generation in OPPD's fleet and generate only as needed to provide resilient and reliable power that complements renewable resources to serve OPPD's customers. The new facility is expected to be operational in late spring of 2023.

The two SGT6-5000F turbines will offer fuel flexibility aligned to reduce CO2 emissions. The turbines will be able to use up to 30 percent hydrogen and biodiesel in support of future technology advancements. The turbines also offer a fast start time and low emissions, as well as help to rapidly stabilize transmissions system to adjust for the variable output of growing solar generation.

The Turtle Creek Station is part of OPPD's "Power with Purpose" project that aims to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. This involves developing up to 600 MW of utility-scale solar projects and up to 600 MW of modernized replacement and backup natural gas generation resources. The Turtle Creek Station will be a significant step towards the achieving the backup natural gas resources.

Siemens Energy has set an ambitious target to have all its new gas turbines (the SGT6-5000F included) capable of burning 100 percent hydrogen on or before the end of 2030. Advancements in combustion turbines to use hydrogen (produced with no CO2 emissions) blended into the fuel mix can support efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the electric sector.

The president of Siemens Energy North America stated, "We are proud OPPD selected our F-Class Turbines to complement their utility-scale renewable energy generation projects. As we look to decarbonize energy systems for the future, it is important to be able to increasingly integrate clean burning fuels like hydrogen into our power plants as well, and the Turtle Creek Station is a great example of how we can provide great value to the community by offering reliable and efficient power with a reduced environmental footprint."
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