Resilient power generation includes lowering emissions, increasing output, and improving efficiency. Turbine upgrades at the High Desert power plant in California show how, step by step, energy companies like Middle River Power can decarbonize their operations and begin the process of energy transition.
MRP currently manages approximately 3,000 MW of power generation assets, operational or under development, in California, Texas, Virginia, Illinois and West Virginia. In California, MRP is a market leader in building utility-scale solar power projects as well as battery energy storage systems, and as such plays a significant role in attaining the state’s decarbonization benchmarks. In order to ensure reliable and affordable electricity supply amidst this ongoing transformation, and given the cost, time, and processes involved in building new power plants, the company approached Siemens Energy about ways to obtain the maximum performance from its conventional assets.
All told, the combination of these measures added significant rapidly dispatchable energy and made the grid stronger and more stable, but the High Desert power plant turbine upgrade involved considerably less time, effort, and costs than the commissioning of a new plant would have involved. Having more capacity and stability is a boon for California’s consumers, but also for MRP’s commercial position. Safe in the knowledge that its turbines will not become stranded assets in the coming hydrogen economy, the company is already considering multiple other options to further decarbonize its operations, step by step.
As an energy technology company with 94,000 transition pacemakers working across the whole energy system, we are advancing side by side with our customers and providing them with the solutions that make the energy transition possible: Products and services, both innovative and conventional, that allow them to decarbonize their energy and increase industrial efficiency.
The result: A strengthened system that delivers energy to where it’s needed.