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E3 Consulting discusses Vista Ridge project in Water Efficiency Magazine
E3 Consulting's Paul Plath and Ginger Elbaum discuss the San Antonio Vista Ridge project in an article in the June 2017 Water Efficiency Magazine. The article, "San Antonio's Vista Ridge Pipeline," took a look at one of the water sector's largest public private partnerships. E3 is currently providing construction monitoring services for the project. Read the article.

E3 Serving As Technical Advisor on Chilean Transmission Project
E3 Consulting served as the lender’s technical advisor in support of the financing for 600-km-long 500 kV Transmisora Eléctrica del Norte’s (TEN) grid interconnection project in Chile. E3 is currently providing construction monitoring services for the transmission line that will connect Chile's two main transmission systems, Sistema Interconectado Central (SIC) and Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING). Click here for more details.

E3 Served as IE for Groundbreaking $927 Million Water Pipeline Project
E3 served as the Technical Advisor for lenders for the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, a 142-mile water pipeline that will expand the water supply by 20 percent for the fast-growing City of San Antonio, Texas. The Project is both one of the first and the largest-scale public-private partnerships (P3) in the water sector. Financing for the $927 million non-recourse loan was arranged through Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, which led an international bank group that included CoBank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ING, Korean Development Bank, and Societe Generale. E3 will continue to serve as the Independent Engineer through the construction of the Project, which is expected to be completed in 2020. Click here for more details.

E3 Served as IE for O&G Pipeline Transaction
E3 served as Independent Engineer to lenders for Wolf Midstream’ s recent acquisition financing of 50% ownership interest in Access Pipeline (Access) from Devon Corporation. Click here for more details.

RMEL Honors E3's Jim Galambas
E3's Jim Galambas was honored by RMEL with a Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of his cooperative endeavors within the electrical industry and his outstanding service to RMEL. Jim received the award on September 12 at the RMEL 2016 Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention held in Summerlin, NV. RMEL is a not-for-profit energy trade association that has served the electric utility industry with a variety of education and networking services since 1903.

E3 Welcomes John Purcell to Team
John Purcell has joined E3 Consulting as an Executive Director, having supported the firm as subcontractor for a year on a life-cycle management project at Cook Nuclear Plant in Michigan and other projects. Besides continuing to work on the Cook project, John’s focus will be on electric transmission, renewables, and natural gas projects.

E3 Consulting Congratulates Don Hurd on his Retirement
Mr. Don Hurd, CEO of E3, announced his retirement effective July 31. Mr. Hurd is one of the original founders of E3, which was formed in 1999. He spent 37 years in the energy industry beginning in 1980 with his own solar company located in Denver. He led the growth of E3 from three original founders to a firm with the resources of more than 40 people. He will be replaced by Mr. Paul Plath, E3’s current President, and also one of the original founders of E3. “We wish Don well and thank him for his years of service to E3 and the power industry. We will miss his vision and passion for the industry in which he spent his entire career” said Mr. Plath. While Mr. Hurd’s last official day was July 31st he will be transitioning through the month of August.

► E3 Consulting's Parent Company, NAES Corporation, Acquires PurEnergy LLC. Click here for more details.

E3 Is Independent Engineer for First-In-Class Sky Global Power Plant
E3 served as the independent engineer for the Sky Global One Power Plant, a first-in-class Project in the U.S. that achieved commercial operation in April. The Project, located in Colorado County, Texas, features six 8.6 MW GE 60-Hertz J920 FleXtra Gas Engines. This is the first time that the technology has been used in North America. The Project will supply peaking power generation to the 18,000 members of the San Bernard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SBEC). SBEC and Sky Global Partners formed a partnership to allow SBEC to sell power from the Project as a merchant plant when the electrical needs of their members have been met. The Project is located in Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region, which has experienced some reliability problems due to the intermittent nature of its renewable power generation. A key benefit of the Sky Global Project is its high degree of flexibility in coming on line to ensure grid stability. E3’s team was led by Mike O’Dell, Executive Director.

► E3 Consulting Serves as Independent Engineer for New Tenaska Power Plant near Pittsburgh. Click here to learn more.

Events

► Drop by the NAES Booth #1225 at HydroVision 2016 from July 26-29 in Minneapolis to meet representatives of NAES and the NAES family of companies, including Greenberry Industrial, Olsson Electrical, and E3 Consulting. Our expanded services in hydroelectric plant performance and regulatory compliance now cover you across the plant life-cycle spectrum.

► Paul Plath, president of E3 Consulting, delivered a presentation on “Assessing the Impacts of the Introduction of New Turbine Technologies on the ERCOT Wholesale Market,” in Austin, Texas on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. The presentation was part of a pre-summit briefing on the topic of ERCOT Market Drivers prior to the ERCOT Market Summit 2016. Plath will be joined by Norm Richardson, president of Anchor Power Solutions. Their presentation provided an overview of commercially-available advanced combustion gas turbines that are being built in the ERCOT region, as well as projects under development that are proposing to use the technology. Richardson provided a brief outlook on the market impacts resulting from the expected buildout of projects using advanced combined-cycles technologies. For additional information, please contact Paul Plath at 303-762-7061.

E3 Consulting hosts Energy Storage Workshop.
On February 1, 2016, E3 hosted a pre-conference workshop on the topic of energy storage as part of the 15th anniversary of the Winter Energy Conference, a private event sponsored by CA-CIB and E3. The two-hour workshop featured a general overview of the key issues in energy storage, covering pumped hydro storage, compressed air energy storage, ice energy, and battery technologies. For a complete copy of the presentations, or information regarding E3’s service offerings with regard to energy storage technologies, please contact Andy Hixson at andy.hixson@e3co.com or 303-789-6915.

 

E3 Consulting Serves as Independent Engineer in Support of ReEnergy Black River Biomass Power Facility: E3 Consulting provided independent engineering services to ReEnergy, a renewable energy company headquartered in Latham, NY in support of its 60 MW Black River biomass power facility located at Fort Drum, New York. Black River is the U.S. Army’s largest-ever renewable energy project to come online, providing electricity behind the grid to the military installation.

The facility is located on land owned by the U.S. Army in Watertown, New York. In 2012, ReEnergy retrofitted Black River from a coal-fired to a biomass-fired facility, achieving commercial operation in 2013. At that time, ReEnergy entered into a 20-year Renewable Energy Supply Agreement with the U.S. Government to supply 100% of the electricity requirements for Fort Drum. As part of the Agreement, ReEnergy built an on-site interconnection to the biomass plant, as part of the Army’s to ensure the military’s energy security and cut operational costs. In 2012, the Pentagon committed to expanding renewable energy generation on its military reservations, with a goal of supplying 25 percent of their needs from renewable sources by 2025. As part of this initiative, each of the three military branches pledged to deploy one gigawatt (1,000 MW) of renewable energy on site. Black River is the U.S. Army’s largest-ever renewable energy project to come online. Click here to read more.

E3 Works on Pio Pico Energy Center, IJ Global’s North American Bond Deal of the Year 2015 Project
E3 was pleased to learn that the Pio Pico Energy Center Project was named North American Power Bond Deal of the Year 2015 by IJ Global Magazine in a ceremony on March 16, 2016 in New York City. E3 served as the independent engineer for the project financing, which closed in February 2015. The Pio Pico Energy Center (PPEC) is indirectly owned by United States Power Fund III, LP, a private equity fund managed by ARES EIF Group with the development of the Project being managed by Apex Power Group, LLC on behalf of PPEC. The Project is a nominally rated 310 MW natural gas-fired simple cycle facility incorporating three General Electric LMS100 combustion turbine generators located in an unincorporated area of San Diego County just north of the Mexican Border. The E3 team was led by Ginger Elbaum, E3’s director of operations; E3 is currently providing construction monitoring services.

E3 Consulting Serving as Independent Monitor for Life Cycle Management Project that Extends Life of Cook Nuclear Plant
E3 is providing Independent Monitoring (IM) services, as required by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Michigan Public Service Commission, for the D. C. Cook Nuclear Plant Life Cycle Management (LCM) Project, which extends the life of the plant by replacing and retrofitting aging and inefficient equipment. The plant’s owner, Indiana Michigan Power, a unit of American Electric Power, recently announced that Unit 1 began operating under its new 20-year license period, while Unit 2 will begin operating under its new license period in 2017. The LCM Project is a critical part of extending the safe and reliable operating lives of these two units. E3’s primary role as IM includes conducting a multi-task review that focuses on the cost and scheduling aspects of the LCM Project to evaluate and explain any differences that may arise between the Original Budget and the actual costs incurred for the Project: Click here to read more about the LCM project.

E3 Consulting Provides Technical Advisory Services for Groundbreaking Carbon Capture Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery Project
E3 Consulting served as the technical advisor to lenders for the recent financing of the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project, a leading-edge $1 billion carbon capture utilization and sequestration and enhanced oil recovery project. Read the full release here (PDF 290K).

E3 serves as Technical Advisor for refinancing of Gray's Harbor Plant - E3 served as the technical advisor for Invenergy Development Co LLC's Gray's Harbor natural gas-fired power plant refinancing, which closed on April 29, 2014. The 620 MW plant, which began commercial operations in 2008, is located Grays Harbor County, Washington. The transaction was led by GE Energy Financial Services, through GE Capital Markets, Inc., with CoBank serving as the Joint Lead Arranger. BNP Paribas and Union Bank also provided financing for the transaction.

This is E3's second technical review of Gray's Harbor. Invenergy purchased the partially constructed plant from Duke Energy North America. E3 was hired by the lead lender, the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, to conduct a pre-finance due diligence review to support the financing necessary to complete construction of the facility. For additional information, contact Paul Plath at paul.plath@e3co.com or 303-762-7061.

A complete article regarding the Project can be found on Invenergy's website at this link.

► E3 Consulting served as the Independent Monitor on the John W. Turk Power Plant, owned by American Electric Power, the recipient of the Edison Electric Institute's 2013 Edison Award for the project, which was the first U.S. power plant to employ an advanced ultra-supercritical steam cycle. Click here read additional information about the award.