Customer Challenge

The Mountainview Generating Facility is a 1,054 megawatts (MW) power plant in Redlands, California. Due to the region’s increasing presence of renewable energy, the site needed more flexibility to respond faster to California’s ISO system demands. The state’s share of electricity from renewables has more than doubled to 25 percent today, up from 12 percent in 2008.

Solution

The Southern California Edison-owned plant collaborated with GE to develop a package solution that will reduce its start-up times, and lower emissions without using additional water. The combination of Advanced Gas Path (AGP), Dry Low NOx 2.6+ (DLN2.6+) combustion and OpFlex* software upgrades positioned Mountainview to help balance the region’s grid demands.

* Trademark of General Electric Company

Benefits

SCE will benefit from a boost in its station’s output by about 48 megawatts (MW), an increase in efficiency and longer intervals between maintenance outages. By expanding Mountainview’s flexibility, the project will help SCE protect the grid from volatility, while also strengthening its competitive position in California.

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