September 21, 2016

Wärtsilä to help reduce emissions in Texas

The Wärtsilä power plant will provide electricity for the city of Denton’s industrial, residential and commercial needs.
The Wärtsilä power plant will provide electricity for the city of Denton’s industrial, residential and commercial needs.
Denton Municipal Electric

Finnish manufacturing company Wärtsilä is to supply a 225 megawatt (MW) power plant to Texas, USA, after landing an order valued at 100 million euros.

The plant will provide balancing power to the city of Denton, Texas, which is moving towards a low emissions power system. Denton aims to produce 70 per cent of its energy from renewables by early 2019.

With Wärtsilä’s solution, the Texan city will decrease its emissions by approximately 78 per cent.

“[We are] changing the electricity generation paradigm by using renewables as our base load power, and quick-starting generation when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine,” says Mike Grim, executive manager at Denton Municipal Electric.

The power plant deal, valued at 100 million euros, consists of twelve 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50SG engines operating on natural gas.

“Our flexible power plant technology is a perfect match for renewables,” comments Dan Shelledy, business development manager at Wärtsilä North America. “We provide balancing power when wind and solar aren’t available.”

The equipment will be delivered during the second half of 2017, and the plant is scheduled to begin commercial operations in July the following year.

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