Combined Cycle Power Plant Fundamentals

Combined Cycle Power Plant Fundamentals

March 18-19, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Very knowledgeable. Interesting anecdotes and stories.” –Engineering Manager, CASE RMC

“Excellent fundamentals course.” –Staff Accountant, Hermiston Generating Co

“Extremely knowledgeable industry expert who was enjoyable to listen to.” –Project Manager, AECOM

“Great overview of how a combined cycle plant works and how they operate in general. Would recommend for any new employees who have little to no experience with power plants.” –Technician, Portland General Electric

“I feel more confident and knowledgeable about combined cycle power plants.” –Engineer Assistant, Imperial Irrigation District

“Carl is a master of his craft.” –Trainer, Northeast-Western Energy Systems

The fossil fuel industry is facing new challenges, including the need to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. In response to these challenges, many organizations are considering the placement and development of new combined cycle plants. However, there is a lack of knowledge and understanding among industry professionals regarding the operation and advantages of combined cycle technology, as well as the chemistry of heat and energy involved in these plants, hindering the effective implementation of these plants.

This course will highlight the following topics:

  • Basics of energy, water chemistry, and plant equipment
  • Combustion and steam turbines
  • HRSG
  • Emissions control
  • Balancing of plant equipment
  • Operations, maintenance, and safety

Register today to gain a comprehensive understanding of how combined cycle plants function efficiently. Groups of five or more get discounts starting at 20% off!

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss basic concepts of the plant cycle, namely conversion of chemical energy to electricity
  • Examine how a combined cycle power plant works together to produce energy
  • Identify components of a heat recovery steam generator and how they work together to produce steam energy
  • Review basic components of a steam turbine and how the turbine transforms steam energy from the heat recovery steam generator into mechanical energy
  • Review basic components of an electrical switchyard and how it works to transmit electrical energy into the electrical transmission and distribution systems outside of the power plant
  • Review the operation and maintenance of a combined cycle plant


Monday, March 18, 2024 : Central time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

Power Plant Concepts

  • Examples of power plants
  • Basic energy concepts
  • Heat and energy
  • Work and heat in power plants


  • Basic water chemistry
  • First law of thermodynamics
  • Input = output at steady state
  • Natural gas combustion
  • Stoichiometry
  • Excess air
  • Heating value

Combined Cycle Plant Equipment

  • Basic plant equipment
  • Combustion turbine
  • HRSG
  • Steam turbine
  • Cycle efficiency
  • Equipment arrangement

Gas Turbines

  • Types
  • How they work
  • Applications
  • Components
  • Flow paths

Heat Recovery Steam Generator

  • Description and functions of a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG)
  • Types and configurations of HRSGs
  • How an HRSG produces steam
  • Components of an HRSG
  • Design considerations
  • Fabrication considerations

Steam Turbines

  • Impulse and reaction turbines
  • Turbine classifications, designations, and arrangements
  • Technology advances
  • Overview of steam turbine components
  • Steam flow control
  • Rotors
  • Casings
  • Bearings
  • Blades
  • Seals

    Tuesday, March 19, 2024 : Central time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Course Timing

    Electrical Systems and Generators

    • Example line diagrams
    • VAR control
    • Electrical equipment
    • AC generators
    • Switchgear
    • Step-up transformers
    • Emergency equipment

    Emissions Control  

    • Gas turbine emission pollutants 
    • Emissions control technologies and applications 
    • Dry low NOx burners 
    • Water injection 
    • Steam injection 
    • Frame and aeroderivative engines

    Balance of Plant Equipment

    • Equipment in the cycle diagram
    • Pumps
    • Cooling systems
    • Fuel supply
    • Water supply
    • Electrical supply
    • Fire protection

    Water Treatment, Instrumentation, and Controls

    • Water treatment systems
    • Instrumentation
    • Main control systems and interlocks


    • Gas turbine maintenance
    • Steam turbine maintenance
    • Generator maintenance


    • Gas turbine operations
    • Steam turbine operations
    • Generator operations


    • Lockout Tagout (LOTO)
    • Confined space



    John Baker, Utilities Generation Plant Manager, City of Riverside

    John is the Utilities Generation Plant Manager for the Clearwater Cogeneration Plant, one of three plants that supplies power for the City of Riverside Public Utilities. Prior to joining the City, John was the Operations & Maintenance Manager for Calpine Corporation Bethpage Energy Center in Long Island, NY, where he was responsible for two combined cycle plants and one simple cycle peaker. He started his power career with Calpine in Watsonville, CA and later worked at the company’s Agnews and Los Esteros facilities before moving to the East Coast. During this time John was on the board’s for Western Turbine Users Inc. & Combined Cycle Users Group. John was responsible for plant safety at each of these facilities.

    John is currently the Safety Lead for the City of Riverside’s Resources Division. He also chairs the Electric Safety Committee. He received his Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certification in 2016 with endorsements in Power Generation and Transmission & Distribution.

    Online Delivery

    We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

    • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
    • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
    • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


    Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

    If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


    Combined Cycle Power Plant Fundamentals

    March 18-19, 2024 | Online
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

    Volume pricing also available

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before February 16, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

    Instructional Methods

    Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in this event.

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

    Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit

    Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

    Course CPE Credits: 11.5
    There is no prerequisite for this Course.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    Advanced Preparation: None

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    Who Should Attend 

    • New employees who work at or deal with combined cycle power plants
    • Generation dispatchers who need a basic understanding of combined cycle power plant operation
    • Regulators, communications staff, and others who need a basic understanding of combined cycle power plant operations
    • Administrative or management support professionals who need a better understanding of combined cycle power plants to plan and implement projects
    • Corporate accountants who desire a better understanding of combined cycle power plant operations and the factors that can affect operating costs
    • Sales professionals who must understand combined cycle power plant operations to better serve customers