How It Works

How It Works

by FH_Chicago
JACKSON GENERATION will be a “combined cycle plant,” which utilizes two different “cycles” to operate more efficiently. Initially, natural gas fuels a gas turbine to produce electricity and then waste heat is recovered to produce steam which is used to generate additional electric power. This combined cycle process generates up to 50% more power through the recovery of waste heat.
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While a typical peaker plant operates 5 to 20 percent of the time, the combined cycle plant can operate 20% to 100% of the time. The plant will be flexible and efficient enough to start and shut down quickly to meet fluctuating needs. Operation schedules will depend on market conditions and energy demand.

Environmental Impact

JACKSON GENERATION will also have a positive environmental impact by harnessing clean-burning natural gas, which is more versatile and environmentally-friendly than coal or oil. This state-of-the-art facility will incorporate the best available control technology and minimize emissions.

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JACKSON GENERATION’S ability to operate flexibly will supplement and support intermittent renewable energy.

  JACKSON GENERATION can start quickly and reach maximum capacity within 30 minutes.
  Once running, the plant can adjust output very quickly. It can operate flexibly from 20 to 100% capacity and be in compliance with all environmental permits.
  In comparison, coal or nuclear plants can take hours or even days to adjust their output capacity.