The Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station is a 926-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant located in Westmoreland County in Smithton, PA and owned by Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners. Black & Veatch provided engineering, procurement, and construction and startup (EPCS) services for the project. Black & Veatch Construction, Inc., a part of the Black & Veatch family of companies, began construction in 2016 and commercial operation was achieved in December of 2018, well ahead of schedule, addressing the region’s growing power demands while employing air-quality technology to meet state and federal emissions standards. “Using advanced, high-efficiency turbine technology and a recycled water-cooling process, the Westmoreland project draws on our history of combining large-scale EPC capability with technology that delivers clean power,” said Todd Oppeau, Westmoreland Project Manager at Black & Veatch. “Power customers benefit from a reliable source of efficient energy, and we provided our client with a single point of contact across all phases of the project.” The station is located near Pittsburgh and supplies electricity to customers in Pennsylvania and 12 other northeastern states that operate in the PJM market. PJM is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in the Northeast. To maximize efficient water use during power generation, the plant recycles water through the cooling process multiple times. In addition, two new pipelines to deliver clean-burning natural gas to the plant are connected to existing regional pipelines. The facility is in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica gas shale fields; as a result it is expected that this local resource will be the primary fuel supply source. The project includes a 500Kv switchyard and switching station as well as 1.5 miles of power transmission lines to connect it to the PJM electric grid. Media Contact: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | 913-458-2778 p | 816-674-0572 m | email@example.com 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights Distribution Planning: More Twists and Turns Ahead Planning for today’s distribution networks is a little like driving down a foggy road at night. Knowing what’s ahead and having more visibility makes a ride like that easier, but the clarity those two conditions provide is lacking for utilities and other players in the power sector as they travel toward a modernized grid. Executive Summary Rising demand for clean and sustainable energy has made this one of the most dynamic and exciting moments in the history of power supply. It's also one of the most vexing: Across diverse geographies, and even more diverse stakeholders, there are both opportunities and deep challenges to meeting the social and economic goals tied to the reliable, resilient supply of quality power. Global Renewables: From Utah to the United Nations, Renewables Power Up From C-suites and state capitals to international governments and the United Nations, leaders of the world’s most influential economies are codifying the role of renewables in an increasingly sustainable power generation mix. On the government side, leaders in China, Europe and elsewhere are on a growing list of American states in setting ambitious renewable portfolio standards (RPS) targets. Renewables Surge, Changing Policies Expected to Drive Investment in Transmission Surging growth in renewables and efforts to increase resilience will drive millions of dollars in new transmission investment over the next five years, according to Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report survey. Survey results found that 37 percent of respondents see renewables as the top driver in new investment, followed by resilience and reliability (28 percent). As More Fleets Electrify, Standing on the Sidelines Not an Option for Utilities As electrification of fleets emerges as the next frontier in the EV market, Joe Halso — legal counsel for the environmental advocate Sierra Club — lauded Minnesota regulators and electric utility giant Xcel Energy for refusing to stay on the sidelines.