GE Vernova’s Gas Power business has announced the start of commercial operation for Competitive Power Ventures’ 1.2 GW Three Rivers Energy Center in Goose Lake Township, Illinois. Its output is being supplied to the PJM (Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland) market.

"CPV Three Rivers is the third GE HA-powered project successfully developed with the CPV team." commented Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Vernova.

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. The STF-A650 steam turbines are said to play a critical role in the plant’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 to help make the Three Rivers power plant's operations safer, more predictable, and reliable.

This project is GE Vernova’s third GE H-Class combined cycle plant developed with the CPV team. The first was the CPV Towantic Energy Center in Connecticut, an 800 MW plant in New England. The second was at CPV Fairview Energy Center in Pennsylvania.

Image: CPV Three Rivers power station