COAL POWER Direct [Nov. 11, 2015]

Load Cycling and Boiler Metals: How to Save Your Power Plant

As many coal-fired power plants designed for baseload service are asked to cycle, unforeseen stresses have been introduced to boiler pressure parts. Understanding the effects and implementing mitigation strategies could…

Regulators, System Operators, and Utilities Consider Reliability, Renewables, and EPA Regulations

In a Monday morning session at the annual meeting in Austin of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), panelists and commissioners traded comments on challenges and successes related…

Ensuring Reliable Boiler Operation Through Proper Material Analysis

Creeped out and fatigued—that’s the state of many coal-fired boilers these days. Understanding failure mechanisms and suitable testing methods for identifying potential trouble can help you find problems before the…

EPA's Gina McCarthy Responds to Regulators’ Clean Power Plan Questions

Comments made at the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) suggest that the regulatory group and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been in regular…

Minimizing Coal Dust Combustion Hazards: Lessons from Laramie River Station

Coal dust combustion events injured employees and damaged equipment at Laramie River Station in May 2013. Any dust-filled facility could consider implementing some of the plant’s corrective actions to reduce…

Regulators and Emissions Trading Experts Tackle Intricacies of Clean Power Plan Multi-State Solutions

One of the “flexibility” measures built into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the option for states to join multi-state emissions trading programs for carbon…