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the variety of services they can provide,”
said Alex Eller, research analyst with Navigant Research.
Navigant predicts utility companies will
turn to these types of deployments to avoid
the typical challenges associated with transmission, including community concerns,
timelines and future load growth
DTE Energy Opens Largest
Solar Park in Michigan
DTE Energy announced full operations
at its 60-MW Lapeer solar park in Lapeer,
The 200,000-panel array sits on more
than 250 acres, and DTE indicates it is
the largest solar park in the state.
“DTE plans to reduce carbon emissions
by more than 80 percent by 2050 in a
way that works for Michigan’s economy,
homeowners and businesses,” said Irene
Dimitry, vice president of business planning and development for DTE Energy.
Solar energy now makes up seven per-
cent of DTE’s renewable energy portfo-
lio and brings the company›s investment
in solar energy to $170 million since
2008. DTE now operates 1,000 MW of
renewable energy at 13 wind parks and
31 solar arrays.
Choose Tampa Area for
Siemens and Chromalloy Gas Turbine
Corp. have chosen Hillsborough County
as the headquarters location for their
new joint venture, Advanced Airfoil
The Advanced Airfoil Components
manufacturing facility will employ 350
with a capital investment of approximately $139 million. Siemens and Chromalloy evaluated multiple states before
ultimately choosing Florida as the best
destination for this new headquarters.
The new joint venture will focus on
turbine blade and vane cast components
for power generation. The two compa-
nies will lease 210,000 square feet at
Tampa Regional Industrial Park and will
open in late 2018.
Luminant to Close
Monticello Power Plant
Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, announced plans to retire the coal-fired Monticello Power Plant in Titus
County, Texas, by January 2018.
Curt Morgan, Vistra Energy’s President
and CEO, said a year-long analysis concluded operating the 1,800-MW plant is
no longer economical.
“For more than 40 years, Monticello
employees have generated reliable power
for Texans, and we honor and recognize
their service,” he said. “But the market’s
unprecedented low power price environ-
ment has profoundly impacted its op-
erating revenues and no longer supports
Luminant filed a notice for closure
with ERCOT, which triggered a reviability