GAS POWER Direct [June 17, 2015]

EPA Finds “No Widespread, Systematic Impacts” on Water Quality from Fracking, but Data Limited

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 4 released a draft assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on the nation’s water supplies, concluding that there was no…

Federal Court Strikes Challenge to Proposed EPA Carbon Rule as Premature

The D.C. Circuit rejected challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed carbon rules for existing power plants, ruling that it has no authority to review rules that aren't yet…

Duke Announces Plan to Retire Asheville Coal Plant, Replace with CCPP

Duke Energy announced on May 19 that it will construct a new 650-MW natural gas–fired combined cycle power plant (CCPP) and retire its 375-MW Asheville coal power plant by early…

CO2 Blasting Restores HRSG Performance

Steam production is strongly influenced by the cleanliness of the gas-side heat transfer surface in a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). However, when deposits begin to impede heat transfer or…

IEA Executive Director Praises Energy Price Coupling in Western Europe

At the annual Power-Gen Europe Conference held in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven called for greater leadership as Europe tackles de-carbonization,…

Has Your ICS Been Breached? Are You Sure? How Do You Know?

Since 2010, the year Stuxnet was discovered, there has been an increase in industrial control system (ICS) vulnerability research and reported vulnerabilities, exploits, and ICS-specific malware (Figure 1)