1.2 GW power plant now in operation
17 August 2023
Illinois facility powered by GE’s HA combined cycle equipment
The 1.2 GW Three Rivers Energy Center has begun commercial operation in Grundy County, Illinois.
Powered by GE’s HA combined cycle equipment, the plant is operated by Competitive Power Ventures.
“Over the many years we have collaborated with GE Vernova, we value the company’s advanced technology, services, and strategic financing capabilities and demonstrated partnership in bringing our third HA-powered plant project to completion,” said Gary Lambert, CEO of Competitive Power Ventures (CPV). “The strong relationships between CPV and GE built while executing complex power generation projects like Three Rivers demonstrate what is possible with a strong partnership system, and CPV will continue to deliver projects that contribute to America’s energy sustainability by providing safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally responsible power generation.”
The new plant consists of two generating blocks, each including a GE 7HA.02 gas turbine, an STF-A650 steam turbine, a W84 generator, and GE’s integrated Mark* Vle control system to provide gas turbine generator control and performance visibility. GE Vernova said the STF-A650 Steam Turbines play a critical role in CPV Three River Energy Center’s ability to compete in a dynamic energy market. The turbine configuration allows the plant to run at a lower output to reduce the need to shut down during low grid demand hours thus reducing cyclic load maintenance. In addition, the power generation equipment will be monitored by GE’s Monitoring & Diagnostics (M&D) Center in Atlanta.
“CPV Three Rivers is the third GE HA-powered project successfully developed with the CPV team now providing highly efficient, reliable, and lower-carbon electricity for American homes and businesses,” said Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Vernova. “GE and CPV’s long-standing relationship is built on collaboration, technological excellence, and proven project expertise—and GE proudly celebrates this latest milestone with CPV.”
This project is GE Vernova’s third GE H-Class combined cycle plant developed with the CPV team. For the first project, CPV Towantic Energy Center in Connecticut GE Vernova worked with CPV in the development and delivery of more than 800 megawatts (MW) of reliable and cost-effective power facility in New England. For the second project, GE Vernova’s HA gas turbines installed at CPV Fairview Energy Center (CPV Fairview) are now able to generate enough reliable electricity on average to power the equivalent of more than 1 million Pennsylvania homes and offset carbon dioxide emissions equivalent of taking more than 360,000 cars off the road each year.