GE will supply six of its LM250XPRESS aeroderivative gas turbine packages to the community-owned Colorado Springs Utilities moves to close a coal-fired power plant earlier than planned. The turbines will help bridge the gap and power the downtown area until a new transmission line is completed in 2025.
The order comes after the Colorado Springs Utilities Board committed to retire the coal-=fired Martin Drake Power Plant by December 31, 2022 – 12 years earlier than previously planned. The order is also intended as part of Colorado’s “Energy Vision,” a pact to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation by 80% by 2030, from 2005 levels.
The 34 MW LM250XPRESS units are expected to start commercial operation by the summer of 2022. Because the units are very mobile, and can be moved on trailers, the turbine units will eventually be relocated to other sites in the Colorado Springs area.
GE’s LM2500XPRESS power plant is built on GE’s LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine technology. The LM2500XPRESS can be installed in as little as two weeks with a minimal crew. Its plug and play nature provides flexible power where it is needed quickly and efficiently. It’s available in both simple and combined cycle configuration, for 50 and 60 Hz utility providers. In simple cycle configuration, it delivers 34 MW and achieves up to 39.5% of efficiency. In a combine cycle configuration, it delivers up to 47 MW with up to 54.4% of efficiency.