Archive: Coal

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[SLIDESHOW] A Decade of POWER’s Plant of the Year Winners

A showcase of winners of POWER magazine’s highest accolade over the past decade (2016 to 2006). If you think your plant or project compares to these winners, submit a nomination form for the 2017 Plant of the Year or Top Plant awards to POWER‘s editors before the April 28 deadline. POWER magazine, which will turn 135 years old this […]


Trump’s EPA Signals Changes for Power Plant Mercury Rule

The Trump administration is “closely” reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final cost consideration finding for its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) to determine whether it should reconsider the rule or some part of it, it said in an April 18 federal court filing. The EPA filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit urging […]


Sulzer Service Solutions

Sulzer is the leading worldwide, independent service provider for the repair and maintenance of large rotating machines including turbomachinery, pumps and electro-mechanical equipment. With a global network of technically advanced remanufacturing and test facilities, Sulzer offers a collaborative advantage that delivers high-quality, cost-effective, customized and turnkey solutions, providing its customers with the peace-of-mind to focus

The Grand River Energy Center (GREC), owned by Oklahoma's state-owned electric utility Grand River Dam Authority, is located in Chouteau, Okla. It comprises two coal-fired units: the 490-MW Unit 1 and the 520-MW Unit 2. A 495-MW gas-fired unit is under construction at the site. It will feature the nation’s first installed Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas M501J-series engine. Courtesy: GRDA

DOE Issues First-Ever Emergency Order to Keep Open a Unit That Is Noncompliant with MATS

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued an unprecedented emergency order on April 14 to keep open a power plant that had been slated for shutdown under the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in a bid to secure electric reliability. The DOE’s order was issued under the Federal Power Act Section 202(c). It inaugurates the […]

Governor of Texas Rick Perry at Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Oklahoma City, OK May 2015. By Michael Vadon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Energy Secretary Perry: War on Coal Is Over

The Barack Obama administration waged war on the coal industry, but that’s all over now, recently confirmed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry told the National Coal Council (NCC) during its annual spring meeting. The NCC is an advisory board to the secretary of energy tasked with providing expert advice on matters of the coal industry. […]

3.	Added gas. Gas fuels 810 MW of Seminole Electric Cooperative’s units: 500 MW of combined cycle power and 310 MW of peaking capacity from five aeroderivative combustion turbine units, all at the Midulla Generating Station. Courtesy: Seminole Electric Cooperative

Natural Gas Projected to Fuel Largest Share of U.S. Summer Power Generation

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects natural gas–fueled electricity generation will exceed all other fuel sources once again this summer, marking the third year in a row that gas has been the leader. However, the EIA anticipates electricity generation from both gas and coal will be less this summer than in 2016. The reason […]


EPA Rescinds Effluent Limitations Guidelines Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will review and reconsider revisions to technology-based effluent limitations guidelines (ELG) and standards finalized by the Obama administration in September 2015. Power generators around the nation have been readying to comply with the rule that sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater discharges from […]

Interior Dept., Peabody Energy Seek to Keep Coal-Fired Navajo Plant Open

The Navajo Generating Station can continue to be competitive under a reduced-price fuel proposal through 2040, said Peabody Energy, the coal giant which owns a coal mine currently fueling the Arizona plant. The utility owners of the Navajo plant on February 16 voted to shut down the 2,250-MW coal-fired power plant in December 2019. The […]

The George Meade Memorial located in front of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. Courtesy: AgnosticPreachersKid/ Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Fight to Keep EPA’s Clean Power Plan Alive Intensifies in Federal Court

A coalition of 24 states and localities have urged a federal court reviewing the merits of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan to stall the agency’s recent motion to suspend a case challenging the controversial rule. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (No. 15-1363) is arguably the most important set of environmental cases […]

This image of Asia and Australia at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The new data was mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet. Source: NASA Goddard

Commodity Price Volatility Is Prime Concern Among Global Energy Leaders

An April 6–issued report released by the World Energy Council suggests that the single biggest worry among global energy leaders is commodity price volatility. Prices appear to be a big concern because of the “Grand Energy Transition” toward de-carbonization. Leaders in resource-holding countries, such as Saudi Arabia, are anxious about long-term economic models, if prices […]

Power generator steam turbine during repair, machinery, pipes, tubes at a power plant

High-Performance Oil Reduces Varnish and Saves Money for Gas Turbine Power Plant

Varnish buildup in oil systems and components can degrade performance and cause erratic valve operation. Some experts have conducted research and formulated new lubricants that could help solve those problems. One such oil proved highly successful during a five-year run at a gas turbine power plant. By eliminating the need for oil changes and valve […]