Combined Cycle Power Plant Fundamentals

September 20-21, 2023 Live Streaming Online

An EUCI Program

Click Here to register $1195

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


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
  • Identify 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



9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

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


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

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.