Rawhide Unit 1


Rawhide Unit 1

Fuel type: coal
Net capacity: 280 MW
Commercial operations: 1984

Operations: baseload

Operations


  • Platte River’s largest single source of system capacity at 280 net megawatts
  • Used for baseload energy needs
  • Provides over half of Platte River’s annual delivered energy
  • One of the highest-performing coal units in the U.S., averaging 93.6 percent equivalent availability and 90.2 percent capacity factor
  • Reliable future fuel supply with close proximity to Powder River Basin coal reserves

Financials


  • Platte River’s lowest operating cost resource
  • Original debt retired in 2018
  • Long-Term rail and fuel contracts
  • Fuel cost volatility mitigated through flexibility of existing contracts

Environmental


  • Uses state-of-the-art air quality control technology to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury emissions
  • Meets or exceeds all applicable environmental laws and regulations
  • Healthy bison and waterfowl habitats at Rawhide demonstrate the ability for nature and industry to share space
  • Water-Efficient design utilizes reclaimed water from a domestic wastewater treatment plant
  • No discharge of industrial wastewater from the facility due to beneficial reuse of process water

Rawhide Units A, B, C, and D


Rawhide units

Fuel type: natural gas
Net capacity: 65 MW per unit; 260 MW total
Commercial operations: Units A, C, and C—2002; unit D—2004

Operations


  • Simple-Cycle gas turbine
  • Each unit operates at a heat rate of approximately 13,400 British thermal units per kilowatt-hour
  • Used primarily at times of high system demand, and operates at an annual average capacity factor of less than one percent
  • Units A and B have fast-start capability to respond to critical system needs

Financials


  • Debt retired in 2018
  • Pipeline access to regional market hub to provide source flexibility and price risk mitigation

Environmental


  • Although used infrequently, units produce approximately one-third fewer carbon dioxide emissions per MWh than coal
  • Produces approximately two-thirds fewer NOx emissions per MWh than coal

Rawhide Unit F


Rawhide Unit F

Fuel type: natural gas
Net capacity: 128 MW
Commercial operations: 2008

Operations


  • Simple-Cycle gas turbine
  • Most efficient of Platte River’s gas turbines with a 10,000 Btu/kWh heat rate
  • Used primarily at times of high system demand
  • Most utilized peaking resource at 128 net MW
  • Averages approximately 2.5 percent capacity factor on an annual basis

Financials


  • No debt service
  • Pipeline access to regional market hub to provide source flexibility and price risk mitigation

Environmental


  • Although used infrequently, unit produces approximately one-third fewer CO2 emissions per MWh than coal
  • Produces approximately two-thirds fewer NOx emissions per MWh than coal

Rawhide Flats Solar


Rawhide Flats Solar

Fuel type: solar photovoltaic
Net capacity: 30 MW
Commercial operations: 2016

Operations


  • Facility covers approximately 185 acres
  • Total of 117,120 photovoltaic panels
  • Single-Axis tracking system
  • Provides energy on average equal to the usage of approximately 6,000 homes

Financials


  • Energy output is purchased via purchase power agreement through 2036
  • Fixed price contract
  • Platte River receives full energy output of project
  • Right to own facility in the future

Environmental


  • Non-Carbon resource
  • Zero process water use