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Software Helps with Proactive Maintenance

Utilities and power plant equipment providers know that maximizing the value of their assets includes keeping them maintained and online. Minimizing downtime is critical, certainly when it comes to keeping the

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Design and Care of Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse osmosis (RO) systems offer power plant owners and operators a reliable and well-proven water treatment solution. However, designing and caring for an RO system requires a thorough understanding of a


GE Embarks on Plan to Keep Power Unit Competitive

GE has launched a three-part strategy to address a dismal outlook for its power division that will involve operating in a “leaner, more cost-efficient way,” the company’s head told investors in a February 26 letter. The multinational conglomerate’s long-standing and lucrative GE Power business unit’s earnings plunged 45% in 2017 owing to costly operational misses […]

The F.B. Culley power plant near the Ohio River in Indiana will continue to burn coal at its 270-MW Unit 3, according to Vectren Energy. Courtesy: Wikipedia

More Coal Units Being Mothballed in Indiana

An Indiana utility has confirmed it will close three coal-fired power units, replacing that generation with a proposed natural gas-fired facility along with additional solar power. Evansville, Indiana-based Vectren Corp., a holding company whose assets include Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-South, on February 20 released its Smart Energy Future strategic plan, designed to reduce Vectren’s […]

The Spire system in action. Each of the six computers in the center runs a SCADA Master replica, a Prime daemon, and two Spines daemons. The monitors show three HMIs. One switch connects the replicas to the HMI and a PLC proxy (not shown), while the other is exclusively for communication among the six replicas. Courtesy: John Hopkins University

Intrusion-Tolerant SCADA Demonstrated at Power Plant

Researchers have successfully demonstrated an open-source supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system designed to withstand attacks and compromises on the power grid. The intrusion-tolerant system—called “Spire”—keeps power flowing even if part of the system is compromised, and it may be a breakthrough for grid resiliency, industry observers said. Spire was built from the ground […]


D.C. Circuit Vacates Parts of EPA Ozone Regulations

The D.C. Circuit last week struck down parts of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule concerning implementation of its 2008 ozone standards, creating new regulatory limbo for the entities required to comply with the rule. Ruling in a set of cases consolidated under South Coast Air Quality Management District v. EPA (No. 15-1115), the federal […]

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Entergy One Step Closer to New Gas Plant in New Orleans

In what has been a much longer and more drawn-out process than Entergy could have imagined when it first proposed a new gas-fired power plant in New Orleans, the company got some good news on February 21. The Utility, Cable, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee agreed—after what has turned out to be years of discussion—to send […]


Largest Solar Plant in Southeast Will Be Built in Georgia

A 200-MW solar power plant is being planned at a 2,000-acre site near Warner Robins, Georgia, a project that at present would be the largest standalone solar facility in the U.S. Southeast. First Solar, a Tempe, Arizona-based global provider of photovoltaic (PV) systems, announced the project on February 21. The plant already has a power […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants to deactivate the Pleasants Power Station, a 1.3-GW coal power plant near Belmont, West Virginia, by January 2019. The plant began operations in 1979. During construction of the plant, cooling tower #2 collapsed, killing 51 workers. The construction accident in April 1978 is still considered one of the worst in U.S. history. Courtesy: FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Suffers Steep Losses, Will Close Massive Coal Plant

FirstEnergy Corp. bled $2.64 billion from its competitive businesses over 2017, financial losses exacerbated by marked declines in contract sales, higher operating expenses, and costs associated with asset impairment and plant exit. The Akron, Ohio–based company, which in January received a $2.5 billion equity injection from four private investment groups to boost its transition to […]

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Michigan Utility Will Phase Out Coal-Fired Generation

Coal-fired power generation has taken another punch, as Consumers Energy—which along with DTE Energy supplies most of Michigan’s power—has announced it will phase out coal burning over the next two decades, with a plan to generate at least 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. Patti Poppe, Consumers’ president and CEO, made the […]