The four senior Principals of ETA were instrumental in the design, development and permitting of a portfolio of approximately 5,000 megawatts of utility scale natural gas-fired power plants, through a development company called the Energy Development Group (EDG). This privately held company, with offices and employees in Connecticut, Colorado, California, and Pennsylvania, was the first power plant development company to receive corporate/project-specific debt funding from General Electric Power Systems to assist in the development of projects incorporating GE combustion turbines.
The portfolio of power plant projects included:
- Payette Energy Center: 300 MW combined-cycle project, Idaho
- American Falls Energy Center: 600 MW combined-cycle project, Idaho
- Gallup Energy Center: 600 MW combined-cycle project, New Mexico
- Cambray Energy Center: 160 MW simple cycle combustion turbine, New Mexico
- Iberville Energy Center: 600 MW combined cycle project, Louisiana
- Caddo Parish Energy Center: 750 MW combined cycle project, Louisiana
- Pointe Coupee Energy: 750 MW combined cycle project, Louisiana
- Barton Shoals Energy Center: 1,200 MW combined cycle project, Alabama
Development services performed and managed by ETA Principals included: business plan preparation, project marketing documentation, development financing, property option agreements, water rights appropriation, zoning amendments, community outreach, socio-economic reports, preliminary plant design, heat and mass balance modeling, electrical interconnection application, and air/water/wastewater permitting.
In providing its funding, GE cited the breadth and depth of the team’s in-house expertise in achieving rapid community acceptance, and attaining full permit completions at a fraction of the cost of its peers, as some of the primary drivers behind their investment decision.