Reliable, cost-effective power

Technology to support cogeneration and more

Whether you are a municipality or a co-op, GE is committed to pairing you with gas power technologies that complement your profile. Our scalable, site-ready turbines can address energy gaps big and small in generation and transmission, so you can concentrate on demand instead of downtime. With smaller units, your returns come from a low-cost installation, providing immediate dollar-per-megawatt value. And with a modular configuration, installation is quick and efficient.

CHP and cogeneration

Manufacturers, municipalities, commercial buildings, and institutions including colleges, hospitals, and military bases use CHP to reduce energy costs, increase power reliability, and decrease carbon footprint. With the broadest gas turbine product portfolio in the industry, GE is uniquely positioned to provide its customers with the right products to provide the required ratio of power to heat for their CHP and cogeneration systems.

District heating

District heating service simplifies building operations, giving customers precise control over heating and providing flexibility to adapt as occupant needs change or building efficiency improves. The critical advantage of district heating is that connecting multiple buildings to a district system creates economies of scale that enable the deployment of more efficient, resilient local energy resources. This scale also enables integration of cleaner options like CHP, waste to energy, biomass, geothermal, and other renewables, which significantly reduce emissions to a level that would be unachievable on a building-by-building basis.

Aeros vs. recips

Derived from aviation technology, GE’s aeroderivative gas turbine portfolio features turbines that provide cheaper power, a better-quality grid, and cleaner power with lower emissions, when compared to reciprocating engines. Aeroderivative turbines can be installed quickly—in as little as a few weeks—to help alleviate frequent outages, making them especially well-suited for municipalities and co-op applications.

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Municipalities and Co-ops: Can you get more megawatts for your dollar?

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Our scalable, site-ready turbines can address energy gaps and yield huge value for municipalities and co-ops. Learn how GE’s gas power technology solutions can benefit smaller power producers.

GE’s portfolio of turbines for municipalities and co-ops

GE offers a variety of aeroderivative and heavy-duty gas turbines for small and independent providers like municipalities and co-ops. We’ve been improving them for 50 years, with 150 million operating hours worldwide. Learn more about our turbines and see which one’s right for you.

LM2500XPRESS aeroderivative gas turbine

Meet plant needs where flexible power is required quickly and efficiently. The LM2500XPRESS 50 Hz and 60 Hz modular gas turbines feature a 34-MW simple cycle power output and up to 39% simple cycle efficiency.

Its start time for a simple cycle is less than five minutes, and its ramp rate is 20 MW/minute. The LM2500XPRESS is a modular and scalable, prefabricated, skid-mounted, pre-commissioned solution. Enjoy reduced on-site installation and commissioning—and a zero water-consumption requirement.

LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine

The LM2500 is the most reliable aeroderivative gas turbine in the world, featuring reliability-consistency above 99.8%.

Recommended for combined cycle, onshore and offshore power generation, mechanical drive, and cogeneration, the LM2500 features 21 – 34 MW simple cycle output. With up to 39% efficiency, it also accommodates a wide variety of fuels. It comes with optional clutch-less synchronous condensing.

LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine

The LM6000 allows you to operate on a wide variety of fuels—including natural gas, LPG (propane and butane), isopentane, ethanol, diesel, and coke oven gas.

This allows you to quickly switch between fuels to save money, all without stopping or a reduction in power. It has a 45 – 58 MW net power output and up to 41.3% net efficiency. Its start time for a simple cycle is less than five minutes, with a ramp rate of 50 MW/minute. The LM6000 offers 99%+ start and operational reliability, alongside 98% availability. Its fast start allows operators to differentiate their dispatch capability, and its dual-fuel capabilities provide flexibility that helps meet emissions limits.

6B gas turbine

The rugged, reliable 6B heavy-duty gas turbine is a popular choice for refineries, natural gas liquefaction, CHP applications, and industrial power.

Its ability to operate in island mode makes the 6B excellent for remote installations and extreme operating conditions far from the grid. And with more than 1,200 units installed since 1978, it has a record of dependability. The turbine can ramp to 20 MW in less than five seconds and accommodate non-standard fuels in cogeneration and industrial power generation operations. It features a 44-MW simple cycle output and greater than 51% combined cycle efficiency. Its standardized architecture and pre-assembled packaging allow for a delivery cycle of 10 months from contract signature to commercial operation.

6F gas turbine

GE’s 6F gas turbines offer the superior performance, reliability, and flexibility typically associated with larger power plants.

The 6F packs a lot of power into a small package, offering durability and flexibility for harsh or remote environments. Whether it be for 50 or 60 Hz, the 6F maintains leading efficiency and exhaust energy for combined cycle and CHP performance. The 6F offers segment-leading 32,000-hour combustion and hot gas path inspection intervals.

Customer stories
  • Colorado Springs
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From coal to gas

Highlights

carbon reduction by 2030

6 x 34 MW

LM2500XPRESS gas turbines

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“The LM2500XPRESS units were purchased to provide safe, affordable, and reliable generation to support the increased use of renewable solar and wind power. These natural gas units will help us better integrate renewable energy sources, further reduce CO2 emissions and accelerate the retirement of the Martin Drake Power Plant.”

Aram Benyamin

CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities

Project details

Colorado’s Energy Vision to reduce carbon output helped make the decision to retire its coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant by 2022. After turning to GE, six LM2500XPRESS turbines—the first in North America—will help Colorado Springs Utilities curb state emissions. The LM2500XPRESS units leverage a CO catalyst, gas compressors, and a black start diesel generator. Also in need of grid firming, GE responded with a quick install, dual fuels, fast start, and low turndown.

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