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TVA wind turbines on Buffalo Mountain in East Tennessee Source: TVA

Wind Power Faces a Post-PTC ‘Valley of Death’

Wind power capacity in the U.S., whose explosive growth has tripled since 2008—even overtaking hydropower to become the nation’s largest source of renewable electricity—could face a period of stagnation once the production tax credit (PTC) is phased out in 2021. Analysts at WINDPOWER 2018 in Chicago last week called the period between 2021 and 2026 […]

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DOE Lays Out How Power Sector Could Win the Cybersecurity Battle

Cybersecurity threats are outpacing the energy sector’s “best defenses,” and costs of preventing and responding to cyber incidents are straining company efforts to protect critical infrastructure, the Department of Energy (DOE) warned as it released a comprehensive five-year cybersecurity strategy for the industry. The Multiyear Plan for Energy Sector Cybersecurity, dated March 2018 but which […]

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Sufficient Blackstart Capability Exists on Grid, Say NERC, FERC

  Despite the recent retirement of “blackstart” units, grid operators have sufficient resources to quickly restore systems in the event of widespread outages, suggests a new report by staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The report—“FERC-NERC-Regional Entity Joint Review of Restoration and Recovery Plans”—released May […]

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POWER Digest [May 2018]

NTPC Commissions First Unit of Lara Project. The first unit of the 4,000-MW super thermal power project in Chhattisgarh in India was commissioned in late March by NTPC. The coal-fired plant, a $4.62

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The POWER Podcast

The POWER Podcast Archive: Net Metering and Time-Variant Rates Drive Solar Power and Energy Storage Growth http://www.powermag.com/net-metering-and-time-variant-rates-drive-solar-power-and-energy-storage-growth-podcast/ Distributed Energy Systems Are Reliable Solutions http://www.powermag.com/distributed-energy-systems-are-reliable-solutions-podcast/ Power Industry Continues to Face Uncertainty and Change http://www.powermag.com/power-industry-continues-to-face-uncertainty-and-change/ Resource Diversification a Key for TVA http://www.powermag.com/resource-diversification-a-key-for-tva/ Watts Bar 2: The Long and Winding Road to Completion http://www.powermag.com/watts-bar-2-the-long-and-winding-road-to-completion-podcast/ Cogeneration Solution Serves Processing […]

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POWER Digest [April 2018]

China’s Installed Capacity Grows 7.6% in 2017. China’s installed power capacity in 2017 grew 7.6% compared to the end of 2016 and now stands at 1,777 GW—higher than U.S. installed capacity of 1,198 GW as

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Operator Qualification and Training for the Power Industry

Skill levels generally differ between plant operator shifts. Further, these differences often cause divides among the shifts that result in unequal divisions of responsibility. Comprehensive, performance-based

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POWER Digest [March 2018]

ABB Receives Contract to Upgrade, Expand Combined Cycle Plant. A consortium including Doosan Heavy Industries and state-owned construction company PT Hutama Karya has awarded a $40 million contract to ABB to

EIA's projected power generation mix for the U.S. through 2050 in the AEO208

Direct-Use Power Generation to Outpace Retail Sales Through 2050

After decades of lethargic power demand—and negative growth in 2017—U.S. electricity use is expected to grow steadily through 2050, driven by a healthy economy and increasing efficiency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects in its Annual Electricity Outlook 2018 (AEO2018). However, during that period, direct-use generation will outpace growth in retail sales as more […]