POWER [August 1, 2015]

Cover Stories

SaskPower's Boundary Dam Carbon Capture Project Wins POWER's Highest Award

Courtesy: SaskPower There was no debate among our editorial team when it came to selecting the most interesting and worthy project worldwide for this year’s top award. Boundary Dam Power…

Features

Colorado Energy Nations Boiler 5 Upgrade Project

Courtesy: Colorado Energy Nations, GDF SUEZ Energy NA, and Behrent Engineering POWER’s 2015 Reinvention Award (formerly known as the Marmaduke Award) goes to an industrial cogeneration plant that reinvented its…

Making Sense of New Arc Flash Protection Rules

Standards and regulations may change, but the danger associated with arc flash hazards remains. Analyzing potential incident energy correctly and understanding what personal protection equipment is required can help workers…

Oncor's System Operating Services Facility, Lancaster, Texas

Looking to ensure reliable power for a critical facility—as well as move the needle on microgrid technology—Texas’s largest transmission company went all-in on a state-of-the-art demonstration project that sets a…

Tampa Electric Co.'s Polk Power Station Reclaimed Water Project

It’s not often that a power plant upgrade improves both the environment and the bottom line. Needing to come up with a new source of cooling water for Polk Power…

The Wind Sector's Elusive Quest for Quality

Despite wind power’s going “mainstream,” original equipment manufacturers and end users struggle to pin down quality standards for ever-evolving wind turbine component technologies. As more utilities embrace wind power, the…

Departments

Commentary

Community Engagement (On and Offline) Can Make or Break Your Project

Social media is changing the role of public participation (PP) in the planning, permitting, and licensing process (PPL) for every energy project in the U.S. From the Keystone XL pipeline…

Legal & Regulatory

Cyber Threats: Is the Sky Falling or Is the Threat Real?

Is the sky falling? No, but are there lessons we can learn from Chicken Little? Absolutely. False alarms and fear mongering consume energy we can ill afford to waste, but should some sort of alarm be sounding

Focus on O&M

Electrical Arc Flash Protection Solutions

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of occupational fatalities resulting from exposure…

Grooved Mechanical Piping Offers a Versatile Pipe-Joining Alternative

Two of the most important elements in any construction or upgrade project are safety and speed of completion. While one way to increase safety is to eliminate hot work whenever…

Global Monitor

More Nuclear Plants Deemed Unprofitable in Sweden, Germany

E.ON in late June announced that it wants to shutter its Oskarshamn 2 reactor (Figure 1) in southeastern Sweden because it is unprofitable. The announcement is the latest in a…

POWER Digest

Australia Slashes Its Renewable Target to 33 TWh. The parliament of coal-rich Australia on June 23 approved legislation to slash the country’s Renewable Energy Target from 41 TWh to 33…

Statkraft Shelves Wind Projects in Norway, Cites Unprofitability

Lower power and electricity certificate prices in the Nordic region have made two wind power projects in Central Norway—with a combined capacity of 1 GW—unprofitable, Statkraft said in June as…


The Emergence of Evaporation Energy

Dr. Ozgur Sahin, an associate professor of biological sciences and physics at Columbia University, who has helped develop a floating, piston-driven engine that generates power, most succinctly describes the

Vattenfall Gets Siemens' First Virtually Oil-Free Steam Turbine

Steam turbine technology took a leap in June as Siemens revealed a 10-MW prototype that uses magnetic force to suspend a rotor weighing several tons. The innovation means that instead…

WELP Connects 335-MW Hydro Expansion in British Columbia

The 335-MW Waneta expansion completed this June near Trail, British Columbia, adds a second powerhouse downstream of the Waneta Dam on the Pend-d’Oreille River, near the border between Canada and…

Speaking of Power

The Work and Rewards of Power Production

  What motivates you? Is it mostly the paycheck you earn from your work in the power industry? Friendships with your coworkers? How about winning awards? I’m very proud of…

GBR Reports