GE announced February 11 that it has received a contract to provide continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) and data acquisition and handling systems (DAHS) for Conectiv Mid-Merit, LLC’s new, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly power generating facility in Delta, Pa.

Services provided to Conectiv’s Delta combined-cycle plant project will include:

  • System engineering, equipment fabrication, installation supervision and startup for three CEMS systems
  • Monitoring of NOx, CO, NH3 and O2
  • Collection and archiving of data for environmental reporting
  • Preparation of Conectiv’s reports required under federal and state emission regulations
  • Assembly of accessories building and installation of power distribution and cable management systems for DCS and UPS equipment 

"We chose the GE team because they listened to our needs and acted like a partner with us," says Dave Sears, electrical engineer, Conectiv Mid-Merit. "They helped us address technical issues and suggested alternatives to our plans that helped us maximize our efficiency, improving the project overall."

Increased environmental awareness and stricter legal regulations/enforcement have led to an expanding need for CEMS and DAHS worldwide. According to a 2009 ARC Advisory Group study (www.arcweb.com), the world market for CEMS is expected to experience compounded annual growth rates (CAGR) of roughly 10 percent over the next five years. Under the Obama administration, increased enforcement of environmental regulations is expected to further grow the CEMS market in 2010 and beyond.

Expected for completion in 2010, Conectiv’s new facility in Delta, Pa., features combined-cycle power generators capable of producing 545 megawatts of electricity. The combustion turbines can run on natural gas or low sulfur diesel fuel oil. In turn, the hot exhaust from these gas turbines is used to power the steam turbines. This highly fuel-efficient system consumes 20-30 percent less fuel than traditional fossil-fired boiler/steam turbine generator plants, and emits almost non-detectable levels of volatile organic emissions and carbon monoxide. These comparatively low levels are maintained with the use of low NOx burners, water injection, selective catalytic reduction and premium fuels.

“The Delta combined-cycle plant is a great example of Conectiv’s innovation and commitment to doing business in a way that’s environmentally responsible,” says David Divito, product line leader for GE Energy Services. “We’re thrilled to be able to help with this exciting project.”

GE is one of the most experienced CEMS integrators and DAHS suppliers in North America, offering full service, turn-key solutions for environmental monitoring. GE’s NetDAHS system is the industry’s only Web-based data collection system for emissions monitoring and environmental data reporting.  The company serves all regions of the world in a diverse spectrum of industry segments, with products that meet a wide range of regulatory reporting requirements.

About Conectiv Energy
Conectiv Energy is the competitive wholesale energy producing subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc. The company is an asset-backed merchant energy business using risk management tools, regional expertise and intellectual capital to optimize the value of its regional energy portfolio in the wholesale energy marketplace.