Award-winning Klamath Cogeneration Plant Adds to its Wall of Fame

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March 21, 2008

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 500 MW Klamath Cogeneration Plant, owned and operated by PPM Energy, part of the Iberdrola Renewables family of companies, this week received three awards from a leading industry publication. This comes on the heels of the plant receiving recognition from the state of Oregon for its safety program.

The plant won "Best of the Best" honors for operations and maintenance at the Combined Cycle Journal's 2008 Best Practices Awards this week at the Combustion Turbine Operations Task Force's Turbine Users Forum in Savannah, Georgia. Klamath Cogeneration also won awards in two other categories -- Safety and Environmental Stewardship. Entries were judged by members of the CTOTF Leadership Committee, chaired by John Lovelace of Arizona Public Service Co.

The journal noted that "By modifying control logic to warn of an icing condition at the Klamath plant and by installing cameras at the engine air inlet for visual confirmation, the potential for damage caused by ice formation in the gas-turbine bellmouth area and its ingestion by the compressor was affordably mitigated."

Since 2004, these awards have recognized the contributions made by plant staff, headquarters engineering, and asset-management personnel to the implementation of best practices for continual performance improvements at gas-turbine-based power plants.

"In order for gas-turbine-based power plants to compete in a deregulated and increasingly competitive market, they must continually look for ways to increase reliability and availability, boost efficiency, reduce air and water emissions, and improve safety," Robert Schwieger, editor and publisher of Combined Cycle Journal, said. "This year's award winners exemplify the type of innovative thinking that is necessary to compete and succeed in today's market."

A complete description of award winning plants, including plant profiles, project reviews and contact information, will appear in the upcoming issue of Combined Cycle Journal. For more information, visit

The Klamath Plant's safety programs have received recognition from others, too. On Feb. 7, Pacific Klamath Energy (PKE), the PPM Energy company that operates both the Cogeneration plant and PPM's adjacent 100 MW Peaking plant, was awarded their OSHA SHARP graduation plaque and banner by Mark Hurliman and Lenny Reierson of the Oregon OSHA auditing division. SHARP is a five-year program designed to help companies develop safety programs, policies and procedures and create a healthy safety culture at their facilities. In his presentation, Hurliman commented that out of about 90,000 businesses in the State of Oregon, only 126 of them have achieved SHARP certification.

After many visits with OSHA consultants, PKE began the SHARP program in 2002 and achieved SHARP status in the minimum time required to qualify, graduating from the program in July 2007. The SHARP program is an extremely proactive approach to help Oregon businesses develop an appropriate safety plan and attitude towards safety for the all employees.

"We're really honored by this recognition," said Ray Martens, Klamath plant manager. "It's a team effort. All 24 people here at the plant as well as our team back in Portland deserve the credit."

About PPM Energy

PPM Energy, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is one of North America's leading wind power providers with more than 2,000 MW of wind power in operation, plus over 800 MW of clean gas-fired generation and over 50 BCF of gas storage. PPM is part of Iberdrola Renewables, the leading wind energy provider in the world, with more than 7,700 MW of wind power online worldwide and with a pipeline of more than 42,000 MW of wind power. For more information, visit