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Power Engineering and Name Projects of the Year Awards Finalists

The editors of Power Engineering magazine, and PennWell Corp. have announced 15 finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program.

The finalists were selected from eight major categories: Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Solar, Wind, Bioenergy, Hydro and Geothermal. 

The Best Coal Project finalists are the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center owned by Dominion Virginia Power in Virginia and the Dry Fork Station in Wyoming, owned by Basin Electric Power Co-Op.

The 2012 Best Gas Project finalists are Korea Southern Power Co. Ltd.’s Shinincheon Capacity Upgrade and Tennessee Valley Authority’s John Sevier Combined-Cycle Project. 

The winner for the Best Nuclear Project is Entergy’s Nuclear Fleet Welding Program Standardization.

The Best Solar Project finalists are the Solarpark Meuro project in Germany and the Alamosa Solar Project in Colorado, owned by Cogentrix. 

The finalists for Best Wind Project are the Spring Valley Wind Project in Nevada, owned by Pattern Energy and the Settler’s Trail Wind Farm owned by E-ON Climate and Renewables in Illinois.

The Best Bioenergy Project finalists are the Nacogdoches Generating Facility in Texas, which is owned by Southern Co., and the Nocton Fen Farm in the United Kingdom, developed by Cummins Power Generation. 

The Best Hydro Project finalists are the Chacayes Hydroelectric Generating Station in Chile, owned by Pacific Hydro, and the Jordan Hydroelectric Project on Corps of Engineers’ Dam in North Carolina, which is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

The Best Geothermal Project finalists are the John L.Featherstone Geothermal Plant, owned by Energy Source in California, and PMU Dominica on the island of Dominica. 

“The world’s appetite for energy continues to grow,” said Richard G. Baker, senior vice president of PennWell’s Power Generation Group. “Companies like those represented by this year’s project finalists are instrumental in meeting the growing demand. Power Engineering magazine is once again pleased to be able to recognize some of the exceptional power generation projects that were completed in the past year.” 

"The innovation and sheer force of will exhibited by this year's Renewable Energy Project of the Year winners is truly an achievement highest honor and worthy of world's recognition," said Jim Callihan, Vice President and Publisher of "The success of these achievements will be proven not just today in 2012, but in the years to come as the technologies of renewable energy evolve, continue to grow in output and become widely adopted — even coveted — by consumers, investors and companies worldwide involved in all phases of implementation."

The winners of the Projects of the Year Awards will be announced during a gala awards banquet on Monday, Dec. 10, at the Hilton Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Fla. as part of the POWER-GEN International Conference and Exhibition and the co-located NUCLEAR POWER International Conference and Exhibition, Renewable Energy World Conference & Exhibition North America and the Financial Forum.

Power Engineering magazine is the voice of the power generation industry. More than 70,000 power generation professionals read Power Engineering magazine for expert coverage of the industry’s important news and emerging trends. is the website for Renewable Energy World magazine. With more than 57,000 magazine subscribers, 190,000 registered website users and a global readership in 174 countries, it is the No. 1 renewable energy network for news and information and the largest renewable energy information source.

The magazines,, POWER-GEN International, NUCLEAR POWER International, Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America and the Financial Forum are all owned by PennWell Corp., a worldwide media company based in Tulsa, Okla.

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