Wärtsilä will deliver grid balancing motors to a major US country


HELSINKI, Finland, May 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Technology group Wärtsilä has won an order to deliver motors for a 128 MW power plant project being developed by WEC Energy Group in the United States. The order was recorded in Wärtsilä’s order intake in April 2022.

The delivery includes seven Wärtsilä 50SG gas engines running on natural gas. They will be part of a modern, low-carbon natural gas power facility that will serve utility customers of the WEC Energy Group, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service in Wisconsin, USA. Wärtsilä fast start and stop motors have the flexibility to react quickly to inherent fluctuations in sun and wind, and will thus provide the grid balancing necessary for a reliable power supply to the Wisconsin power grid.

“WEC Energy Group is a company with unparalleled operational expertise. They know it’s all about reliability, flexibility and efficiency, and we’re proud to have been chosen as the engine supplier for the third time,” added Jon Rodriguez, Director, Power Plants, Wärtsilä Energy in Americas. North. “Wärtsilä is helping to create a carbon neutral world for electricity providers and the Wärtsilä 50SG engine is the hallmark of this evolutionary design. With the ability to convert the engine to run on various fuels, including hydrogen blends, the Wärtsilä 50SG will be able to meet our customer’s reliability and flexibility requirements now and in the future.

Delivery of the Wärtsilä motors will take place in October 2022 and commissioning of the plant is scheduled for March 2023. WEC Energy Group has previously ordered Wärtsilä motors for two other power plant projects, with a total output of 188 MW.

WEC Energy Group is one of America’s leading energy companies, serving 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. They plan to phase out coal by 2035 and intend to phase out 1,600 MW of older, less efficient fossil fuel power plants by 2025. A total of $5.4 billion is allocated for new investment in wind, solar and battery storage.

With the new order included, Wärtsilä will have an installed base of over 3,800 MW in the United States.

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Media contact for more information about this release:

Mirja Maija Santala
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Wärtsila Energy
Mobile: +358 400 793 827

Picture: Wärtsilä 50SG gas engines in an engine room © Wärtsilä Corporation

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Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy is leading the transition to a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonization by developing market-leading technologies. These cover balancing power plants of the future, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimization technologies, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and ensure operational performance. Our track record includes 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered in 180 countries around the world.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We focus on innovation in sustainable technologies and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals across more than 200 locations in 68 countries is shaping the decarbonization transformation of our industries around the world. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled €4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

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