POWER [September 1, 2016]

Cover Stories

TOP PLANT: Attaqa Power Plant, Suez City, Egypt

To alleviate chronic power shortages, the first gas turbine unit at this fast-tracked 640-MW plant was synchronized to the grid within a record-breaking 159 days—two days ahead of schedule. The revolution in

TOP PLANT: Cane Run Generating Station Unit 7, Louisville, Kentucky

Owner/operator: Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Kentucky has always been coal country, but times are changing, and its generation fleet is changing with them. Facing the prospect…

TOP PLANT: Chivasso Combined Cycle Power Plant, Turin, Italy

Owner/operator: A2A When a plant goes into mothballs—especially because of poor economics—it’s often a harbinger of impending retirement. Upgrades to improve performance may help, but in changing markets, returns can…

TOP PLANT: ETHYDCO Power Plant, Alexandria, Egypt

Owner/operator: APR Energy Within roughly 90 days, APR Energy set up a 60-MW turnkey power plant—complete with novel natural gas filtration and compression solutions—to support the operations of a massive…

TOP PLANT: Linden Generating Station, Linden, New Jersey

Owner/operator: PSEG New Jersey’s second-largest power plant has been a leader since it opened in 2006, when it was named a POWER Top Plant for its use of reclaimed water…

TOP PLANT: Valley Power Plant, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Owner/operator: We Energies Converting a boiler’s fuel source from coal to natural gas involves a lot of planning and reengineering. When the plant is the sole steam service supplier to…

Features

Coal Power Plant Post-Retirement Options

Deciding to retire a coal-fired unit is often a tough call, but even tougher decisions follow. The next steps taken by a generation owner have multiple economic, environmental, and stakeholder…

Exelon, America's Leading Nuclear Generator, Keeps the Faith on Nukes

The U.S. nuclear power business is in trouble, and Exelon has six units totaling more than 5,300 MW of dependable capacity on the chopping block. How will the Chicago electricity…

HRSG Condition Assessments Identify CAPEX, Maintenance Priorities

As combined cycle gas turbine plants are called upon to play a larger and more flexible role in the generation mix, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive assessment of major…

The Nuclear Power Industry Is Increasingly Global—and Complicated

The second World Nuclear Exhibition was held at a moment in time when the prospects for nuclear power are both tantalizing and frustrating. One thing is clear: The dynamics of…

Waste to Energy: An Opportunity Too Good to Waste, or a Waste of Time?

Inexpensive natural gas, increased renewable energy utilization, and ever-tightening environmental regulations have limited the use of waste feedstocks for power generation. But while often dismissed out of hand, with proper…

Departments

Commentary

Lloyd's Register on Current Nuclear Power Challenges

P OWER Editor Gail Reitenbach interviewed King Lee of Lloyd’s Register on June 29 at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Le Bourget, France. The firm is a “non-profit distributing charity with a public benefit

Legal & Regulatory

Can Anything Save Merchant Nuclear?

In an industry as slow-moving as power generation, where planning horizons are measured in decades and assets can remain in operation for the better part of a century, it’s rare…

Focus on O&M

Efficient Use of Power Plant Process Data Improves Asset Management

Asset data is crucial in the power generation industry. Without it, utilities are forced to speculate about how long their assets will last, when they will need repair, and which…

Global Monitor

Interest Builds for DONG Energy's Bioresource Power Technology

Danish firm DONG Energy has begun building one of the world’s first bioresource power plants that will produce electricity from household waste by using enzymes to convert the waste to…

Japan Extends Reactor Lifetimes for First Time Since Fukushima

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) this June approved 20-year license extensions for the aging Takahama 1 and 2 reactors, a first for the power-strapped country that has been conflicted about…

Ocean Power Technologies Deploys Commercial PowerBuoy with Energy Storage

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) deployed its first commercial PB3 PowerBuoy—a wave energy conversion system that incorporates energy storage—off the coast of New Jersey this July. The Pennington, N.J.–based firm has…

OSU Develops Open-Source Tool to Assess Run-of-River Resource Potential

A new assessment tool developed by engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) could allow people, agencies, and communities interested in developing small-scale hydropower plants in remote places to easily and…

POWER Digest

UK Abolishes Climate Change Department. As part of the major governmental shakeup triggered by Brexit—the UK’s momentous vote to leave the European Union—newly appointed UK Prime Minister Theresa May


Speaking of Power

The Power Industry's E Pluribus Unum

As the U.S. enters the final stretch of what seems like an interminable presidential campaign, I’ve been thinking about the motto “ e pluribus unum” (out of many, one). That…

GBR Reports