COAL POWER Direct [May 6, 2015]

The Carbon Capture and Storage R&D Frontier

Given the costs and other concerns about currently available technologies for capturing and storing carbon dioxide from fossil-fueled power plants, interest in new technologies remains high. Here’s a look at…

Famous Last Words: “It’s Never Happened to Us!”

Don’t wait until after an incident to make improvements and correct problems in coal handling systems: That was the message delivered to attendees at the best practices workshop during the…

PRB Coal Users’ Group: Power Industry Regulatory Updates from Washington

What happens in Washington, D.C., seldom stays in Washington, D.C., so on April 21 at the 17th annual ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition, the Powder River Basin (PRB) Coal Users’…

EIA: Reports of Coal’s Death May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Electricity generation from existing coal-fired power plants will increase from 2012 levels through 2025, according to the Reference case presented in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015,…

Best Practices for Maximizing Condenser Efficiency

Sometimes overlooked and underappreciated, a power plant condenser can make or break your efficiency and power delivery goals. Understanding how important a role your condenser plays is a good step…

NERC: EPA’s Clean Power Rule Could Transform Coal Power Use

Implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) could change the use of the U.S. coal-fired generating fleet from baseload to seasonal peaking—and pose grave implications…

Underground Piping: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Until It Leaks

When many older plants were built, steel and cast iron piping were common materials used underground. Although these materials have proven to have long, useful lives, improvements in plastics offer…