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Navigant Names Recipients of 2015 GKS® Operational Excellence Awards

October 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2015-- Today, Navigant (NYSE: NCI) announces the recipients of the Generation Knowledge Service (GKS®) Plant Operational Excellence Awards. The awards recognize coal-fired plants that have best demonstrated excellence in cost and operational management, as well as improved performance and reliability over the most recent five year period (2010-2014).

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 nearly 220,000 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.

“Over the last few years coal plant operators have seen the use of coal fired generation drop significantly due to additional regulatory requirements, strong competition from gas-fired generation and the impact of variable generation. To meet these challenges and maintain high levels of operational performance, safety and low costs is a remarkable achievement,” said Dale Probasco, Managing Director with Navigant’s Energy practice and head of the firm’s GKS® Benchmarking team. “The plant staff deserve great credit and recognition for keeping reliability levels high and costs in check while simultaneously meeting today’s challenging generation environment.”

The total U.S. electricity generation from coal has now dropped below 40 percent, but when coal plants operate with greater efficiency and reliability, they are more likely to remain competitive while meeting 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:

>600 MW Average Unit Size Range (Large Plant Category)

  • Top Performer: Louisa Energy Center – MidAmerican Energy
  • Runner-Up: H.W. Pirkey Power PlantAmerican Electric Power

301 – 600 MW Average Unit Size Range (Medium Plant Category)

  • Top Performer: J.R. Welsh Power PlantAmerican Electric Power
  • Runner-Up: D.B. Wilson StationBig Rivers Electric Corporation

<300 MW Average Unit Size Range (Small Plant Category)

  • Top Performer: Henderson Municipal Power & Light Station Two – Operated by Big Rivers Electric Corporation
  • Runner-Up: G.G. Allen Steam StationDuke Energy

As the industry has continued to evolve, Navigant will soon be announcing our GKS® Operational Excellence Awards for combined cycle generation. To learn more about the GKS® Plant Operational Excellence Awards, contact Dale Probasco at or 612.868.5955.

About Navigant

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is an independent specialized, global professional services firm that combines deep industry knowledge with technical expertise to enable companies to defend, protect and create value. With a focus on industries and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory and legal issues, the Firm serves clients primarily in the healthcare, energy and financial services sectors which represent highly complex market and regulatory environments. Professional service offerings include strategic, financial, operational, technology, risk management, compliance, investigative solutions, dispute resolutions services and business process management services. The Firm provides services to companies, legal counsel and governmental agencies. The business is organized in four reporting segments – Disputes, Investigations & Economics; Financial, Risk & Compliance; Healthcare; and Energy. More information about Navigant can be found at

*The information contained in this press release concerning awards, along with any reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Navigant. Please refer to the contact information provided for a complete understanding of the analysis underlying the awards and the methodologies used to identify awardees. Navigant undertakes no obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release.

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Navigant Corporate Communications
Megan Maupin, 312.583.5703

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