Contract Wins: Honeywell’s UOP, B&W and Consumers Energy, Constellation and MASCPA
Supplier Haldor Topsoe has selected Honeywell company UOP to install technology at the Antipinsky Refinery in Russia that will recover and purify hydrogen to help produce cleaner fuels more efficiently. Refineries (pictured) use hydrogen in the hydrofracking process to convert heavy oil to lighter, higher value products such as transportation fuels. The new hydrogen unit, which is scheduled to start up in 2013, is part of the refinery’s plan to increase its capacity of crude oil processing by as much as 7 million tons per year. The unit also will allow the refinery to produce fuels that meet the European Union’s Euro-5 standards aimed at reducing emissions from light-duty vehicles.
A subsidiary of the Babcock & Wilcox Company has been awarded contracts valued at about $55 million to design and supply environmental control equipment and engineer a boiler economizer for Consumer Energy’s J.H. Campbell Generating Complex in Michigan. B&W will supply four spray dry absorber systems to controls sulfur dioxide emissions for the 835-megawatt Campbell Unit 3. The company also will supply lime preparation systems and ash handling systems for the plant. Last month, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County gave B&W Power Generation Group notice to proceed with the engineering, design and construction of a waste-to-energy power plant. The contract was valued at $668 million.
Energy Focus was awarded several lighting retrofit contracts totaling $2 million including a project to upgrade a Fortune 500 manufacturing facility. Other contracts include lighting retrofits at several locations of a large hospital complex; a project at a school district in the Northeast US as well as a community college and state building complex in the Midwest. Energy Focus has completed audits of the facilities, taken inventory of their lighting systems, created an energy savings design for the contracts and is now acquiring the materials and overseeing the installations.
The Manufacturers’ Association of South Central Pennsylvania has signed a three-year agreement choosing Constellation as its endorsed energy supplier. Constellation, a business unit of Exelon, can now supply energy products and services to member companies of MASCPA, a regional employers’ organization. MASCPA has more than 350 member companies in the south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland area. Key services include Constellation’s “Efficiency Made Easy” program, which bundles the cost of energy efficiency upgrades with power supply and load response. The program allows businesses to earn revenue for curbing electricity use during periods of peak demand.
SmartGrid CIS will support a prepay pilot program for residential customers in the Town of Wake Forest in North Carolina. Wake Forest Power, the electric utilities division of Wake Forest, will use the SmartGrid CIS Express platform for the pilot. SmartGrid CIS Express will be deployed as a standalone prepay billing/CIS solution and will provide the Wake Forest customer service team with account management, customer notifications, automated meter control and meter data retrieval and real-time payment processing services.
CLEAResult, the Austin, Texas company that designs and implements utility energy efficiency programs, will use building efficiency software company Retroficiency‘s automated energy audit (AEA) to reduce the time required to audit hundreds of buildings, as part of a multi-year agreement between the two companies. Retroficiency developed customized reports to allow CLEAResult to make detailed calculations of efficiency and retrofit measures for submission to utilities for commercial efficiency rebate programs. The AEA will allow CLEAResult to cut audit expenses by 80 percent for its 200 utility programs in 25 states.
Calpine Energy Services has signed a power purchase agreement to provide Southwestern Public Services Co., a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, with an additional 200 megawatts of capacity and energy from its Oneta Energy Center in Oklahoma. The PPA with SPS will be from June 2014 to May 2019. Calpine already supplies 200 megawatts of capacity and energy from the Oneta Energy Center, a combined cycle power plant capable, to SPS under a separate seven-year PPA that began in January 2012.
Ameresco was awarded an energy performance contract with Miami-Dade County through the Public Housing and Community Development Department. Ameresco will perform a a facility-wide audit of energy and water use and then provide recommendations on how to reduce the $8.6 million that Miami-Dade spends on utilities each year in public housing. Pending approval from the county and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ameresco will manage the design and implementation of the retrofit installation to reduce energy and water use. MDPHCD operates more than 9,200 units of conventional public housing at several sites throughout Miami-Dade County.
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