A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR REFURBISHMENT PROJECT
GE Renewable Energy wins multi-million dollar refurbishment project for Cabin Creek Hydropower plant in the US.
GE Renewable Energy has signed recently a refurbishment deal with Public Service Company of Colorado (a regulated public utility 100% subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc.) to refurbish 2X162 MW units at Cabin Creek’s hydropower plant.
Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy is recognized as an industry leader in delivering renewable energy and reducing carbon and other emissions.
EXTENDING THE PLANT FLEXIBILITY AND OUTPUT
GE will extend the flexibility and output of the Pumped Storage plant. Thanks to the new design of the turbines, Cabin Creek will have the ability to respond to increases in customer demand. The two units to be refurbished are expected to be re-commissioned by 2020.
Yves Rannou, President & CEO of GE’s Hydro Solutions said: “Hydropower, the first renewable source of energy, provides reliable, cost effective energy. The PSP technology paves the way to the energy transition in the United States. We are extremely pleased to be working on this refurbishment project with Public Service Colorado/Xcel Energy.”
The Cabin Creek hydropower plant was commissioned in 1967. It is located near Georgetown, Co, and powers 270,000 households in the region.
As a leader in the field of energy storage applications with pumped storage technology, GE has an installed base of 22 GW for turbines and 38 GW for generators for pumped hydro storage plants. Pumped storage units utilize less expensive energy produced at low demand and then dispatch the stored energy during peak demand.