POWER [February 1, 2017]

Cover Stories

CHP 2.0: New Fuels and New Business Models

A variety of approaches have been used to capture new benefits from combined heat and power (CHP) facilities. Some owners have transitioned to new fuels or added renewables to the…

New Options in Industrial CHP Boost Efficiency and Returns

Combined heat and power (CHP) has long been a popular option for industrial self-generation, but new technologies and business partnerships are taking the sector well beyond the traditional boilers and…

Features

Coal Fuel Contracts: A Moving Target

In recent years, coal power generators have faced increasing difficulty predicting annual fuel requirements due to more cycling and low-load operation. That presents problems for the people negotiating fuel contracts.…

Global Nuclear Fuel Update

Uranium oxide, the basic fuel for nuclear power plants, has recently sold at prices not seen in the past 13 years. In fact, the price is less than the cost…

Start Generator Relay Loadability Study Now for Timely NERC PRC-025-1 Compliance

Complying with reliability standards requires considerable resource planning. The tools and suggestions provided here may help engineers conform to new generator relay loadability requirements. But compliance

Where Are We After 10 Years of Bulk Electric System Reliability Standards?

As concerns about grid security increase globally, it’s a good time to review the history, scope, and effect of North American electric system reliability standards. As the threat landscape changes,…

Departments

Commentary

Yesterday's Retail Tariff and a Transforming Grid

Yesterday’s retail tariff is prohibiting the optimal dispatch of cogeneration resources as our grid is transforming with high levels of solar generation and potential overgeneration issues. An Unintended Consequence of…

Legal & Regulatory

"Fitness for Purpose" Obligations for the Offshore Wind Sector

The United States has just joined the offshore wind community with the commissioning of the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island. As this community continues to grow, any decision…

Focus on O&M

Counterfeit Parts: Why Authenticity Is Imperative

When it comes to running a power plant, it’s easy to take the little things for granted. Yet it’s the little things that often have the greatest impact on plant…

Proper Scaffold Access Plan Helps Reduce Radiation Exposure

Pipes, valves, turbines, pumps, condensers, and other mechanical components in the radiologically controlled area (RCA, or hot side) of a nuclear power generation facility require routine inspection, testing, maintenance, and,…

Global Monitor

District Power and Heating from a Wastewater Plant

A wastewater treatment plant in the Danish city of Aarhus is reportedly producing enough power to cover all of the energy used for the whole water cycle in its catchment area—from water production and water

Global Developments Giving CHP a Much-Needed Boost

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global power production from combined-heat-and-power (CHP) technologies has stagnated since 2000, lagging far behind growth in conventional power technologies and commercial heat generation.…

India to Freeze Coal Construction, Focus on Expanding Renewables

A draft national electricity plan published in December by India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA)—a statutory organization that is overseen by the Ministry of Power—looks to add 101,645 MW of new…

New Solar Roads Unveiled

Solar roadways—roads that incorporate embedded photovoltaic cells—have piqued interest for several years. A few examples are finally being rolled out, though their practical applications are still being evaluated. On December…

POWER Digest

Canada Inches Closer to Nationwide Carbon Price. Canada’s government in early December struck a deal with eight of the country’s 10 provinces to introduce its first national carbon price. The…

South Korea Reports Fusion Research Progress

A superconducting tokamak at the National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) in South Korea has achieved a world record of more than 70 seconds in high-performance plasma operation. Researchers hailed the…


Speaking of Power

Energy R&D Is Essential to Any Great Country

Bill Gates is taking on another global challenge: “Reliable, affordable energy for the world.” On December 11, the richest man in the world announced yet another commitment to effecting radical…

GBR Reports