POWER-GEN International kicked off on December Four with a keynote presentation targeted on evolving energy era schemes and altering enterprise fashions.
Gregory Lee, fee president with Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the municipally owned public utility that gives water and electrical service to Orlando, Florida, and parts of different close by areas, opened the convention by offering particulars of how OUC’s vitality combine has advanced.
“We delight ourselves in our distinctive capability to successfully steadiness reliability, affordability, and sustainability,” Lee stated. “And our gasoline variety has enabled us to do this very nicely.”
Solar and Other Alternatives
Lee pointed to OUC’s flagship plant, the Stanton Energy Center in east Orlando, as a shining instance of that variety. “At that website, we’re powering our prospects with photo voltaic, landfill gasoline, pure gasoline, and coal,” he stated. But, Lee famous, OUC will not be finished altering. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has dedicated to powering the town utilizing 100% renewable vitality by 2050.
“Power era in 10, 15, and 20 years will look vastly completely different than it did only a decade in the past,” stated Lee. “And at OUC, we’re nicely on our solution to assembly these renewable calls for and looking for new sources of income to make sure we preserve our footing on this altering tide.”
Adding photo voltaic capability requires vital investments, and for a municipal utility, Lee stated that may be daunting. To ease the burden, OUC entered right into a joint settlement with 11 different Florida municipalities to assemble three new photo voltaic farms by 2020. OUC will function the biggest tenant of the mission, securing 109 MW of the 225-MW complete.
“We know our prospects are occupied with photo voltaic, and we need to ensure OUC is top-of-mind throughout their analysis,” stated Lee.
In July, the utility launched a program—known as OUCollective Solar—that makes it simpler and cheaper for residential electrical shoppers to put in rooftop photo voltaic panels. Customers can schedule a free, no-obligation session with an vitality advisor, and obtain a complete photo voltaic suitability evaluation with a Three-D system design and three aggressive quotes for his or her properties. Additionally, owners can add a hurricane resiliency package deal, together with a battery back-up system that gives electrical energy throughout outages.
“We work day by day to undertake clear applied sciences to boost [our customers’] expertise, and we’re excited to make rooftop photo voltaic extra accessible and inexpensive in our neighborhood,” OUC Chief Customer Officer Linda Ferrone stated in a press launch unveiling this system.
Lee stated OUC additionally gives a neighborhood photo voltaic program for patrons “who hire, stay in shaded areas, or just don’t need the effort or value of putting in their very own photo voltaic panels.” The choice lets prospects elect to energy as much as 100% of their utilization from vitality produced on the Stanton Energy Center’s photo voltaic farms.
Meanwhile, OUC has utilized landfill gasoline to offset about 44,000 tons of coal annually since 1998, and the utility is a giant supporter of electrical car (EV) adoption. “You’re seeing an increasing number of plug-in autos on the street, and we’re betting on this rising exponentially within the coming years,” Lee stated. “I’m proud to say this space has a few of the greatest EV infrastructure within the nation—light-years forward of most communities—and Orlando is among the many high 10 cities within the nation for EV readiness.”
New Revenue Streams
According to a video Lee confirmed throughout his presentation, OUC and its second-largest business buyer—the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority—agreed to a landmark deal that goes past conventional water and electrical providers. As a part of the pact, OUC will present 14,000 tons of chilled water service and as much as 24 MW of backup era. It will even handle the ability’s 12.Four-kV emergency distribution providers; and set up, function, and…