Navigant Names Recipients of 2014 GKS® Operational Excellence Awards
The awards were established in 2010 and are based on detailed analysis of cost, performance and safety data from Navigant’s industry-leading GKS® database, which contains data for more than 70 percent of the U.S. electric utility generation coal fleet—representing more than 212,000 MWs of generation and more than 620 coal-fired units. The analysis of cost and performance includes a weighted comparison of non-fuel operation and maintenance costs and availability/reliability measures during the five-year evaluation period. Award winners must also demonstrate safety performance in the top half of their respective comparison groups.
“The U.S. coal fleet has been under intense pressure over the past few
years – from additional regulations and the impact of variable
generation and low natural gas pricing to the aging of the US coal
Even with the increased focus on clean and renewable generation, coal generation provides 40 percent of the electricity generation in the U.S. When coal plants operate with greater efficiency and reliability, they are more likely to meet the industry’s increasingly stricter emissions regulations and standards.
Eligible coal plants were divided into three classes for evaluation purposes, based on the average unit size. The top and runner-up plants for each category are:
>500 MW Average Unit Size Range (Large Unit Category)
Labadie Power Station– Ameren UE
Louisa Generating Station– MidAmerican Energy
201 – 500 MW Average Unit Size Range (Medium Unit Category)
Gallatin Power Station– Tennessee Valley Authority
Walter Scott Jr.Energy Center – MidAmerican Energy
<200 MW Average Unit Size Range (Small Unit Category)
Kenneth C. Coleman Generating Station– Big Rivers Electric Corporation
Charles R. Lowman Power Plant– PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
As the industry continues to evolve, Navigant will be launching GKS®
Operational Excellence Awards for combined cycle, hydro and wind
generation. Learn more about Navigant’s GKS® Fossil, Hydro
and Wind benchmarking services here.
To learn more about the GKS® Plant Operational Excellence
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