Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA) has awarded a contract to GE’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE) for its low-emissions reciprocating engine technology to replace outdated diesel units. GE’s natural gas-fueled engines will be supplied by Inland Power Group (IPG) for the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU) to produce 13-MW of power generation.
CBPU and Inland Power Group chose three GE’s Jenbacher J624 two-stage gas engines to replace Coldwater’s diesel units, which were removed by the city over the past two years.
“I look forward to this new natural gas-fueled plant to start operating next year as we diversify our energy generation portfolio and provide a unique opportunity to support Michigan’s growth in greenhouse agriculture,” said Director Paul Beckhusen, CBPU.
The project will also provide CBPU the opportunity to use its carbon dioxide (CO2) and heat for Mastronardi Produce’s greenhouse, through combined heat and power (CHP).
IPG, an authorized distributor for GE’s distributed power products, will oversee the engineering and configuration support for CBPU. GE will also support integration of the plant’s equipment with the greenhouse.
The new facility is expected to be operational in mid-2015.