General Electric To Shutdown California-Based Inland Empire Power Plant
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General Electric recently announced its plan to demolish 750-megawatt natural-gas-fired plant known as the Inland Empire Energy Center in California this year. The plant was reported to be no longer economical, as wind and solar supply were more dominant and inexpensive electricity producing units. The plant used GE’s H-Class turbines took hours to start and suffered technical glitches. GE has now been replaced the H-Class turbines with HA model which uses a different technology.
As reported to Reuters, GE stated “We have made the decision to shut down operation of the Inland Empire Power Plant, which has been operating below capacity for several years, effective at the end of 2019,” Plant “is powered by a legacy gas turbine technology and is uneconomical to support further.”
The only plant using H-Class turbines is in Baglan Bay in Wales, the company further informed no replacement in parts will be made to the H-Class turbines. The company promoted its “H-Class” in extreme declining demand for fossil-fuel powered plants. Reportedly, the company lost $22.8 billion last year in the struggling fossil-fuel plants and is further expected to lose $2 billion in cash this year.
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