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July 2009 Vol. 64 No. 7
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TVA plans to have three gas turbines at the new plant online by the end of 2011, and a heat recovery system that will produce additional power by the summer of 2012. TVA is considering a site near the Sevier plant.

EPA sponsors 13th National Brownfields conference

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with numerous partners, are sponsoring the 13th National Brownfields Conference in New Orleans, LA, Nov. 16-18 at the Morial Convention Center.

The Brownfields Conference is the largest and most comprehensive conference focusing on cleanup and redeveloping abandoned, underutilized and potentially contaminated properties in the nation. The conference will afford the opportunity to gain information on revitalization, “greening” cleanup and redevelopment projects, as well as communicating the environmental and economic benefits on brownfields revitalization.

Conference registration is free. The program is designed for officials from Federal, state, tribal and local governments as well as leaders from industry, environmental and community based organizations.
For information on attending, contact Tonia Biggs at (214) 665-8551 or email biggs.tonia@epa.gov. For conference information, visit www.borwnfields2009.org.

Utility companies to cut capital spending

Westar Energy Co. announced it will be cutting its capital spending in 2010 and 2011 by $500 million, a drop in spending of 40 percent.
The company is delaying several projects it had planned as a way of dealing with the tough economy.
Projects affected by Westar’s capital expenditure reduction include:

  • Installation of environmental upgrades at Lawrence Energy Center delayed until 2010, expected completion by 2012 or 2013.
  • Construction of a 345-kv transmission line from Hutchinson to Salina being spread out over 18 months rather than one year.
  • Construction of 345-kv line from Rose Hill to Oklahoma to be spread out over 2010 and 2011, rather than being completed in 2011.

Westar will focus more on securing purchase power agreements, which means the company buys power from private generators, such as the Flat Ridge Wind Farm near Nashville, KS.

Another utility facing cutbacks to keep costs down includes Kansas City Power & Light Co., which will cut $450 million in capital expenditures through 2009 and 2010;

Design-build market thrives as it improves nation’s water infrastructure

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