GAS POWER Direct [April 13, 2016]

Gas Combined Cycle Capacity Factors Beat Coal for First Time Ever

The average capacity factor for U.S. natural gas–fired combined cycle power plants (CCPPs) exceeded that for coal-fired plants in 2015 for the first time since the Energy Information Administration (EIA)…

Air Emissions Tampering Leads to Felony Charges at Power Plant

The owner and management company of the Berkshire Power Plant—a 252-MW natural gas–fired combined cycle plant located in Agawam, Mass.—agreed to plead guilty on March 30 to felony charges that…

Aliso Canyon Gas Leak May Imperil Summer Reliability, CAISO Says

In a joint report issued April 5, a group of California agencies and utilities said that if the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility north of Los Angeles cannot be…

Covered Piping Systems O&M Programs for CCGT Plants

A great level of risk is present when operating pressurized systems. Over the years, industry safety concerns have increased with the occurence of catastrophic events. To help prevent further loss and damages

Rigorous Turbine Validation Process Produces Sustained Reliability Exceeding 99%

Why would one want to validate a turbine design? The answer is that actual operation of new and more advanced gas turbines can reveal issues that are very difficult to predict on the drawing board. As a

Briefs: States Act on EPA Clean Power Plan Measures Despite Uncertainty

Over the past week, several states took action on the Clean Power Plan as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged governors to "wait and see" on the carbon rule,…