GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business signed a contract to provide Sky Global Partners with its Jenbacher gas engine technology along with a 30-year contractual service agreement for a new 50 MW power plant in Colorado County, Texas, near San Bernard’s Rock Island substation.
Under the agreement with Sky Global, GE is providing six of its 8.6 MW J920 FleXtra ultra-fast response, natural gas-fired engine generator sets for the Sky Global Power One project. Sky Global will sell peaking power generation to the San Bernard Electric Cooperative Inc. of Bellville, which supplies electricity to more than 17,000 members in a seven-county region of south Central Texas.
This agreement between Sky Global and San Bernard allows San Bernard to participate in the value of the project through its investment in the purchased power over time.
Texas produces and consumes more electricity than any other state, accounting for more than one-tenth of total U.S. energy use. Contributing factors include its large and growing population, hot climate and extensive industrial/manufacturing sector. When compared to the rest of the country, Texas has a higher concentration of energy-intensive industries such as aluminum, chemicals, forest products, glass and petroleum refining.
Groundbreaking for the Sky Global Power One project is planned for October 2014, and GE expects the equipment to ship June 2015, with the first commercial power available in early 2016.