Plains End I & II, CO, USA
"During breakfast and dinner hours demand increases and the plant follows this perfectly. This is the way. This is the future."
-Kent L. Fickett, former Senior Vice President of PG&E National Energy Group (predecessor of NEGT)
THE WIND ENABLER RISES TO THE CHALLENGE
When decisiding on the technology for Plains End I & II, the critical factors for Cogentrix were the ability to operate at peak efficiency in demanding ambient conditions (6150 feet (1845 m) above sea level, average temperature of 97°F (36°C)), and the capability to cope with sudden load swings created by wind power and the distinct wind patterns in the Rocky Mountains.
The capability to operate efficiently at minimum plant output means that Cogentrix can sell spinning reserve in the ancillary services market. The plant is also able to provide rapid up and down output regulation, which the local utility, Xcel Energy, has acknowledged as a great benefit provided by Plains End.
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