POWER [June 1, 2015]

Cover Stories

Power Plant Boot Camp: Training the Next Generation of Leaders and Managers

  At every stage along the power plant promotion track, individuals assuming new leadership positions can find themselves unprepared to deal with new responsibilities. From contracts and regulatory and financial…

POWER's 2015 Women in Power Generation Survey

How do women in the power generation business—in power plants and in the vendor community—view their jobs in this male-dominated industry? In what is likely the first survey open to…

Resources for Women in Power Generation

This resource list is a web-only supplement to the June 2015 issue of POWER feature story on women in the power generation sector and results of our April 2015 survey…

Women Are Essential to a Thriving Power Generation Sector

With the increasing number of technical and economic changes affecting the power industry, the value of women in the workforce has never been higher. This follow-up to our 2008 special…

Features

Clean Power Plan Is Achievable, but Challenges Loom Large

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP) is feasible in its ultimate goals, but getting there will take a lot of work and some rethinking of how the targets are achieved

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…

DOE Highlights Challenges to Infrastructure in Quadrennial Energy Review

With unprecedented changes and challenges facing the U.S. energy sector, the Department of Energy has spearheaded a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s energy policy. Released the same day as ELECTRIC…

Duke Energy Generation: Wholesale Retreat

Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the U.S. in terms of market value, is transitioning its generating fleet away from volatile and sometimes unprofitable wholesale markets and toward the…

Executives Say Power Sector Faces Fundamental Changes

Four industry executives sometimes agreed, and sometimes disagreed, about the great unknowns concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan during the Executive Roundtable at this year’s ELECTRIC POWER Conference…

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)

Typical Causes of Slagging and Fouling Problems in Boilers

Boiler slagging and fouling, and the resulting frequent operation of sootblowers, are some of the major operations and maintenance factors that can negatively affect power plant reliability and efficiency. Boiler…

Watts Bar Unit 2: A "Deferred Nuclear Plant" Gets Back into the Game

Construction was suspended on Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 in the late 1980s, and the plant sat idle for more than 20 years. Now, through equipment refurbishment and replacement,…

Departments

Commentary

10 Million Tons of CO2 Stored

Our country’s energy landscape is rapidly changing. For the first time in decades we’re producing more barrels of oil in the United States than we import from other countries, thanks…

Legal & Regulatory

CAISO Goes Big and Leaves Home

No one can accuse the officials who oversee California’s energy market of lacking ambition. Fresh on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown’s January promise to raise the state’s renewable generation…

Focus on O&M

Optical Gas Imaging Camera Offers Hydrogen Leak Detection Solution

The operation of an electric power generator produces large amounts of heat that must be removed to maintain efficiency. Depending on the rated capacity of the generator, it might be air-cooled

Global Monitor

A Spring Nuclear Upheaval

From Sweden to China, the world’s nuclear sector saw an eventful spring. Sweden to Shutter Two Ringhals Units Early. On the same day that E.ON—formerly one of Europe’s most formidable…

EU to Investigate Measures to Ensure Power Supply

The European Commission (EC) this April launched an extensive investigation into subsidies that 11 European governments provide to utilities to ensure future power reliability, saying it is concerned that the…

Fabrication Begins for ITER Fusion Reactor Central Solenoid

Workers at San Diego’s General Atomics (GA) on April 10 began the years-long process of winding the 1,000-ton superconducting electromagnet that will power the ITER fusion reactor under construction in…

Last Module Is Installed at 250-MW Copper Mountain PV Project

The installation of more than one million solar photovoltaic (PV) modules at Sempra U.S. Gas and Power’s and Consolidated Edison Development’s 250-MW AC Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Boulder…

New U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Breaks Ground

On April 27, the U.S. saw yet another significant milestone for its so-far nonexistent offshore wind sector as Deepwater Wind broke ground on the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode…

POWER Digest

Australia’s First ERF Carbon Abatement Auction Results Surpass Expectations. Australia held its first Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction under the Abbott government’s Direct Action plan on April 15 and

Reports: Renewables Were Revived in 2014

Despite plunging oil prices, 2014 was a formidable year for renewables, according to two reports released in early 2015. According to the “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015”—the annual…


Speaking of Power

From STEM to STEAM Education

I’m sure readers of this magazine have noticed the increased emphasis in the U.S. recently on promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. That’s a good thing, but it’s…

GBR Reports

Dr. Fatih Birol on Global Energy Markets and His Goals for the IEA

This interview with Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, Director of Global Energy Economics and Executive Director (starting September 2015), International Energy Agency (IEA) was conducted by Global Business Reports in…

Power in Turkey

In order to achieve its goals for the future, the power sector in Turkey will need to leave the past behind. Download a pdf of this sponsored report by Global…