POWER [November 1, 2017]

Cover Stories

Columbia Nuclear Plant Shatters Generation Records in Quest for Reliability, Efficiency

As the sole nuclear generator in the hydro-rich Pacific Northwest region, the Columbia Generating Station’s mission to provide safe, reliable, cost-effective, and carbon-free power has never been more

Ringhals Delivers Record Output Despite Tough Economics

Challenges abound for nuclear power plants in today’s world, with increased competition from other fuels, stricter safety regulations, divided public opinion, and low electricity prices providing an

Russia Continues Legacy of Innovation at Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant

Russia’s nuclear power station operations arm Rosenergoatom brought its most powerful nuclear reactor to date into commercial operation in February 2017, marking the latest evolution of its Water-Water

Features

Asset Performance Management: Strategies to Mitigate Risk

If funds were unlimited, digital technology could be utilized in countless ways to improve plant performance and reduce downtime. But costs do matter, so taking a graded approach to managing risks and costs

Best Practices for Choosing a Predictive Maintenance Partner

Predictive analytics software offers many benefits when appropriately selected. However, finding the best solution for a given situation can be tricky. The tips provided here could help power companies avoid

Improve Power Plant Efficiency Using Design Documents and Five Basic Parameters

Power plants are designed to operate at their highest efficiency. Once a plant goes into operation, however, real life takes over and sometimes design outcomes are not regularly realized. Improving plant

Mitigating and Managing J-Seal Failure Risks in Turbine Steam Path Systems

J-seals are an integral part of efficient steam turbine operation. The failure of a J-seal can cause significant damage to the turbine rotor as material migrates downstream. For that reason, plant staff should

No Longer an Afterthought, Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Industry Matures

The once seemingly insurmountable technical challenges of dismantling a commercial nuclear plant have been largely eliminated through experience. Decommissioning processes have been standardized and optimized

PJM: Can the Big Dog Deal with State Interference?

The PJM Interconnection, the largest regional transmission operator in the U.S., faces many problems: adapting to state policies designed to skew power markets in the face of natural gas and renewable

Departments

Commentary

Why CrashOverride Is a Red Flag for U.S. Power Companies

Organizations across every industry today face a wide range of cyber threats and serious security challenges from various vectors. A top concern among these is the persistence cybersecurity experts are seeing

Legal & Regulatory

Outside Compensation Affects Competitive Electricity Prices: What Can Be Done?

In Order No. 2000, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) encouraged formation of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) to operate competitive region-wide wholesale electricity markets. Such

Focus on O&M

Advanced Cleanup Practices for Alloy 2205 FGD Absorbers

It was less than a decade ago that the power industry was enthusiastic about the new Duplex Stainless 2205 Alloy being used in the construction of wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) vessels. The alloy appeared

Plant Converts to Combined Cycle Operation with Help of Thermal Mass Air/Gas Flowmeter

Process engineers at a power plant in Western Europe were upgrading the facility with new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) technology. CCGT power plants operate with both gas turbines and steam turbines

Global Monitor

As Gas Power Generation Jumps in the EU, Bloc Guards Against Supply Disruptions

Banking on natural gas as it moves away from coal, the European Union (EU) in September adopted new rules that require member states to help neighbors affected by supply disruptions.  The new rules adopted by

Beleaguered Eskom Starts Up Kusile's First Supercritical Coal Unit

Africa’s first major coal-fired power unit to implement flue gas desulfurization (FGD) has been completed nearly a year earlier than expected.  South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom brought Kusile 1

China Advances HTGR Technology

China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. (SNPTC) has completed the installation of its high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) project, the joint venture told the International Atomic Energy Agency

Poland Will End Coal Investments, Move Toward Nuclear

Poland’s energy minister in September said the country was ready to shift away from coal-fired power, which provides about 90% of its electricity. Krzysztof Tchorzewski, speaking at the Krynica-Zdroj

POWER Digest [November 2017]

Giant UK Tidal Lagoon Project Secures Grid Connection Deal. Tidal Lagoon Power’s project to build a full-scale 3.2-GW tidal lagoon power plant in the Severn Estuary in Swansea Bay to harness strong tides on

Scotland to Press Ahead with CCS in Response to UK Inaction

The UK dropped the ball on carbon capture and storage (CCS) development and Scotland intends to pick it up, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in early September. In the government’s program

THE BIG PICTURE: Power Expenses (Infographic)

The operating expenses at major U.S. investor-owned electric utilities have shifted over the last decade or so, owing primarily to changing fuel costs.

Uganda Ready to Double Generation with More Hydro Projects

Ugandan officials said they want to double the country’s installed power generation capacity over the next two years, primarily with the construction of hydropower projects. However, those same officials

Speaking of Power

Nuclear Plant Construction: A Trial of Patience

Constructing a nuclear power plant is not for the faint of heart. The process is lengthy, even when there aren’t delays. To understand some of the hurdles, it’s worth reviewing the Plant Vogtle expansion

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