Rawhide Unit 1


Rawhide Unit 1

Fuel Type: Coal
Net Capacity: 280 MW
Commercial Operations: 1984

Operations


  • Platte River’s largest single source of system capacity at 280 net MW
  • Used for baseload energy needs
  • Provides over half of Platte River’s annual delivered energy
  • One of the highest-performing coal units in the US, averaging 93.6% equivalent availability and 88.6% capacity factor
  • Reliable future fuel supply with close proximity to Powder River Basin coal reserves

Financials


  • Platte River’s lowest operating cost resource
  • Debt will be retired by 2036
  • 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, NOx, 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 4

Fuel Type: Natural Gas
Net Capacity: 65 MW per unit; 260 MW total
Commercial Operations: Units A, B, and C—2002; Unit D—2004

Operations


  • Simple-cycle gas turbine
  • Each unit operates at a heat rate of 13,400
  • Used primarily at times of high system demand, and operates at an annual average capacity factor of less than 1.0%
  • Units A and B have fast-start capability to respond to critical system needs

Financials


  • Debt will be retired by 2018

Environmental


  • Although used infrequently, units produce approximately one-third fewer carbon 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 heat rate
  • Used primarily at times of high system demand
  • Most utilized peaking resource at 128 net MW
  • Resource averages approximately 2.5% capacity factor on an annual basis

Financials


  • No debt service

Environmental


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

Rawhide Flats Solar



Fuel Type: Solar photovoltaic
Net Capacity: 30 MW
Commercial Operations: Fall 2016

Operations


  • Facility covers approximately 189 acres
  • Total of 117,120 photovoltaic panels
  • Single-axis tracking system
  • Will generate power for approximately 8,000 homes

Financials


  • Power is purchased from a third party
  • Platte River receives full energy output of project

Environmental


  • Zero emissions
  • Zero process water use