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The Role of Flexibility in a Decarbonized Economy

About This Webinar

Today’s power grid demands flexibility. Join this webinar to learn how two power companies have improved the flexibility of their power generation resources, helping to incorporate more renewable energy into their mixes, while also enhancing reliability.

This webinar will take you from the beaches of Florida to the mountains of Colorado for two unique presentations about power generation revamping to meet the flexibility needs of decarbonization. Dania Beach Clean Energy Center, a state-of-the-art power plant that is helping to power Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and surrounding communities, and Rawhide Energy Station, a flexible and reliable power plant that is helping to meet the needs of Platte River Power Authority's owner communities, will be discussed.

The Dania Beach Clean Energy Center is a 2-on-1 combined cycle plant that uses natural gas as its primary fuel. The plant is more efficient than the previous Lauderdale Plant, which it replaced, and is expected to generate significant fuel savings for FPL customers. The plant also has the ability to burn light fuel oil as a backup fuel in the event of an extended disruption to the natural gas supply.

In addition to its efficiency and reliability, the Dania Beach Clean Energy Center is also expected to generate millions of dollars in tax revenues for local governments and school districts, and a number of temporary and permanent jobs. As Florida increases its solar power portfolio, plants such as Dania Beach are likely to become even more important as they flexibly balance these intermittent resources.

The Rawhide Energy Station is a 722-MW power plant located in Wellington, Colorado and serves the communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. The plant includes a 280-MW coal unit, 388 MW of natural gas, 52 MW of solar, and2 MWh of battery storage capacity. It also provides the interconnection to a 225-MW wind farm.

The coal unit at Rawhide Energy Station has a lifetime capacity factor of greater than 84%. However, as more renewable resources have been added to Platte River's system, the needs from the coal unit have evolved. Now, flexibility has become extremely important, which means that having wide turndown capability is crucial to staying online.

The coal unit at Rawhide Energy Station can be operated from full load to as low as 29%. This flexibility allows the plant to operate in a variety of conditions, including when renewable resources are not available or when demand is low.
The other generating units at Rawhide Energy Station also provide flexibility to the plant. The gas turbines can be started and stopped quickly and the solar and nearby wind farm provide additional capacity when the sun shines and the wind blows. The battery storage system is a test of what will eventually become an important balancing tool that can store energy during times of low demand and release it back into the grid when demand is high.

The Dania Beach Clean Energy Center and Rawhide Energy Station are valuable assets for their owners and power customers. Learn more about the plants and their flexible operations during this information-filled webinar.

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Featured Presenters
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Executive Editor, POWER magazine
Aaron Larson joined the POWER team in September 2013 as an associate editor and was named executive editor in 2017. Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology and a master’s degree, specializing in finance. He spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program, advancing to Chief Petty Officer. He has worked at commercial nuclear, biomass, and coal-fired power plants, functioning in operations, maintenance, safety, financial, and management capacities. Aaron holds a Chief A Engineer boiler operator license in the state of Minnesota.
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Senior Director Fossil Turbine Engineering Fleet Team Power Generation Division Position of NextEra Energy, Inc.
Fabian Camacho holds the role of Senior Director within the Power Generation Division of NextEra Energy, Inc., where he oversees Fossil Turbine Engineering and Operational Support Services for the Fleet Team. In this capacity, Fabian is responsible for providing essential engineering and technical support for combustion and steam turbine assets. His scope encompasses NextEra Energy Resources, the company's competitive generation subsidiary, and Florida Power & Light Company, a rate-regulated electric utility. Additionally, he manages designated equipment within the nuclear fleet, focusing on aspects such as equipment life, reliability, upgrades, capital investments, and performance optimization.
With a career spanning over 22 years in the power generation industry, Fabian has demonstrated his expertise and leadership since joining the company in 2007. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Director for the Wind Fleet Engineering and Operational Support Services Team, where he provided crucial engineering and technical support for wind turbine assets in the competitive generation subsidiary. Fabian also held the position of Senior Director of Projects within the integrated supply chain business team, where he spearheaded commercial initiatives in collaboration with various business units and strategic commercial partners. Throughout his tenure, Fabian has assumed roles of increasing responsibility within the Power Generation Division, providing valuable support to its operations.
Before his career at NextEra Energy, Fabian gained experience at Duke Energy (formerly Progress Energy) as a combustion turbine engineer and at General Electric as a combustion turbine startup engineer.
Fabian's professional achievements include being certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, showcasing his commitment to operational excellence. Beyond his professional endeavors, he served on the advisory board of the Dallas County Community College District, offering guidance on curricula designed for entry-level technician positions within the business unit.
In terms of education, Fabian earned a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Fabian and his wife call Jupiter, FL, their home, where they reside with their two children, Sabrina and Luca.
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Plant Operations Manager, Rawhide Generating Station, PRPA
Tyler Michie started with Platte River as an intern in 2006 while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. Tyler spent 13 years as a Plant Engineer supporting O&M activities and managing a range of projects on the coal and natural gas generators at Rawhide Energy Station. Tyler has been Plant Operations Manager for 4 years and loves the team environment (and challenges), that comes from a 24 hour department on rotating shifts.
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Plant Engineering Supervisor Rawhide Energy Station
Jeff currently serves as the Plant Engineering Supervisor of the Rawhide Energy Station where he has worked for over 9 years. Jeff is experienced in coal, combined cycle and simple cycle power production and chemical plant operations.
He spent 5 years as a Navy pilot prior to his industrial career. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.
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Plant Manager Dania Beach
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