POWER [December 1, 2016]

Cover Stories

TOP PLANT: Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, Benton County, Indiana

Owner/operator: Pattern Energy Just as Seattle’s Amazon.com jumpstarted the online shopping trend, it’s now part of another trend that has major corporations owning or contracting for sizable grid-connected renewable power…

TOP PLANT: Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, Tonopah, Nevada

Owner/operator: SolarReserve Three-and-a-half hours north of Las Vegas, in a rocky, desolate stretch of Nevada desert, an innovative solar-storage plant has nearly completed a year of commercial operations. It also…

TOP PLANT: Gibe III Hydroelectric Project, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia

Owner/operator: Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. Building the 1,870-MW Gibe III hydroelectric project required unprecedented solutions that took into account the remoteness of the site, the narrow gorge where the dam…

TOP PLANT: Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility 2, West Palm Beach, Florida

Owner/operator: Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County/Babcock & Wilcox Co. Although waste-to-energy (WTE) technology is well proven, the relatively low cost of landfilling garbage in the U.S. has foiled…

TOP PLANT: Tosunlar 1 Akca Plant, Saraykoy, Denizli, Turkey

Owner/operator: Akca Enerji Geothermal energy has long been handicapped by its need for high-temperature resources to generate economic power, but innovations in binary Organic Rankine Cycle systems are making it…

TOP PLANT: Yeongheung Ocean Hydro Power Plants, Yeongheung Island, South Korea

Owner/operator: Korea South East Power Co., Ltd. Few people would view a large coal plant as a place to generate renewable energy. But a Korean utility took a chance on…

Features

"Who Moved My Btus?" The Pitfalls of Extended Coal Storage

Many coal power stations have recently been operating at historically low capacity factors or have even undergone extended economic shutdowns. This can result in coal stockpiles that are exposed to…

A Bigger Splash: The State of Ocean Energy

The ocean power sector is still in its early stages of development, shackled by high development and operational costs. Trends emerging over the past two years hint at which technologies…

Advanced Furnace Draft Pressure Control Using Electraulic Damper Drives

Pneumatic furnace damper drives may be more common, but electro-hydraulic actuators provide several advantages to the more traditional control scheme. One fossil-fired plant in Taiwan achieved more consistent and accurate…

France’s Nuclear Storm: Many Power Plants Down Due to Quality Concerns

[Note: This article first appeared online on November 1.] The discovery of widespread carbon segregation problems in critical nuclear plant components has crippled the French power industry—20 of the country’s 58…

Ontario Power Generation: A Clash of Politics and Power Planning

Ontario—Canada’s most populous province and its major economic engine—has an electric power supply system so driven by provincial politics that it has pushed the province’s utility generating arm, Ontario Power…

Utilities Grapple with Storage Integration

As energy storage becomes more ubiquitous and projects grow in size and capacity, utilities of all types are exploring the best ways of putting it to use across the grid.…

Departments

Commentary

Utility Regulation, Old and New

God forbid that you have a job that requires you to read the orders issued by public utility commissions (PUCs). As a regulator, I not only have to read them—I…

Legal & Regulatory

The Raging Battle Over Rate Design

It’s often said that technology runs well ahead of the law. Not so long ago, the process of setting electric utility rates was only slightly more dramatic than watching paint…

Focus on O&M

Boiler Cleaning with Shock Pulse Generators

Increasing plant efficiency and reducing maintenance costs is important for economic power plant operation. One part of the task involves keeping the boiler heating surfaces as clean as possible, which…

Global Monitor

Chashma 3, Pakistan’s Fourth Reactor, Is Connected to the Grid

China’s third nuclear reactor built for the export market, Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3, was connected to Pakistan’s grid in mid-October. Chashma 3 is one of two Chinese-designed CNP-300…

Cuba Gives Green Light to PV Technology

Cuba is in the midst of a renewable revolution to transform, update, and adapt its fossil fuel–dependent power mix to its current energy needs. Because Cuba has a relatively high…

Jordan Gets 52.5-MW Solar PV Plant

A 52.5-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant commissioned this October in Jordan will generate about 1% of the Middle Eastern nation’s power (Figure 5). 5. Solar carpet. The 52.5-MW Shams Ma’an…

POWER Digest

Refurbishment of OPG’s Darlington Units Begins. Work to refurbish Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) 3.5-GW Darlington Nuclear Generating Station kicked off on October 15. The refurbishment of the four Darlington reactors,…

Sichuan Limits Small and Medium Hydropower Construction

China’s Sichuan provincial government has moved to restrict construction of small and medium hydropower projects between 2016 and 2020 in an effort to improve grid planning and efficiency. Policy proposals…

South Australian Blackout Renews Debate on Renewables' Role in Reliability

The entire state of South Australia suffered a blackout on the afternoon of September 28. The cause of the event has been disputed, but it has left Australians in a…

Tanzanian Village Gets Mini-Grid with Unique Business Model

French multinational power company ENGIE on October 20 inaugurated a mini-network comprising 16 kW of solar photovoltaic panels, a 45-kWh lithium-ion battery bank, and a back-up genset to supply power…


UNESCO Recommends Relocation of Coal Plant in Bangladesh

In a rare intervention, the United Nations’ (UN’s) heritage conservation arm is urging Bangladesh to relocate a proposed 1,320-MW coal-fired power plant because it poses a serious threat to one…

Speaking of Power

Regulators' Roles Increase in Scope and Complexity

Public utility commissioners matter. A lot. Now more than ever, these state regulators are charged with looking out for the best interests of utility customers in states that have regulated…

GBR Reports