POWER [January 1, 2017]

Cover Stories

A 2016 Roundup of Power Sector Wheeling, Dealing, and Repositioning

The past year saw an astonishing number of mergers, acquisitions, and business reconfigurations of electricity and energy companies, without any obvious organizing theory. Is it possible to make sense of…

Acquisitions Reset the Global Gas Turbine Market

A series of acquisitions among major suppliers in the gas turbine market over the past couple of years has changed much of the global landscape for gas-fired power. Several long-standing…

Energy Policy Implications of Elections in France and Germany

Just as the election of Donald J. Trump could result in redirected energy policy in the U.S., 2017 elections in France and Germany could reshape plans for electricity infrastructure on…

Newtonian Shift Game Helps Power Industry Comprehend Transition

How do you get generating company executives and those who interact with the power industry to think outside the box when planning for the future? The answer may involve a…

Power Generators Agree: The Future Grid Will Be Cleaner

A digital roundtable with four senior members of diverse generating companies reveals that regulations aren’t the top concern at the moment. Instead, decisions are being driven both by customer desires and

U.S. Electric Markets in Transition

The U.S. market for electricity is trifurcated. More than half the country is served by competitive generators bidding against each other in wholesale markets. Almost half is served by conventional…

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Designing an Electric Power System from Scratch

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) launched its 51st State Initiative in 2014 with a simple question: What if there were no predefined electricity market? No rules. No market designs.…

Legal & Regulatory

New England's Controversial Pipeline Proposal Suffers Severe Setbacks

Just a few months ago, New England’s biggest and most controversial pipeline proposal, Algonquin Gas Transmission’s Access Northeast project (see “Securing Pipeline Infrastructure for Gas-Fired Generation in New England” in…

Focus on O&M

Gas Chromatographs Offer New Technology for Power Plant Burner Control

Background burner control is critical for power and industrial plants because it affects emissions, energy costs, and process efficiencies. For natural gas burners, variations in gas composition can have a

Global Monitor

China Starts Building SMR-Based Floating Nuclear Plant

China has officially begun construction of its first offshore nuclear power plant, a demonstration project that will employ the domestically developed ACPR50S small modular reactor (SMR). China General Nuclear Power…

IEA: Coal Boom Is Over

If broad policy commitments announced by various countries are implemented, coal will not only lose its rank as the dominant fuel for power generation to renewables by 2040, but the…

Market Conditions Force Coal Unit Closures in Australia, Germany

Difficult market conditions have accelerated the much-hyped closures of a string of coal-fired power units in the U.S., but the phenomenon is extending overseas, gripping plants in Australia and Germany.…

Mexico Makes Rapid Progress on Energy Reform

Barely a year after Mexico launched a wholesale market with retail competition as part of a wide-scale reform of its power sector, the country has managed to implement a transparent…

POWER Digest

Japanese Firms Poised to Build Two 540-MW IGCC Plants Based on Nakoso Technology. A consortium of Japanese firms on December 1 said they had received full-turnkey orders for two integrated gasification

Readying for New HVDC Line, U.S. Lags Behind Rest of World

The U.S. may be getting its first overhead 600-kV high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) line in more than 20 years. Developers are advancing the Plains and Eastern Clean Line, a 720-mile (1,150-kilometer…


Speaking of Power

The Power Industry's Moving Pieces in 2017

As our January 2017 cover image of a dynamic Rubik’s Cube suggests, the power industry, especially in the U.S., is dealing with something akin to solving a 3-D puzzle whose…

GBR Reports