The Vision (or Hubris) of David Crane Fails a Market Test

David Crane was the face of NRG Energy, a visionary executive, for a dozen years. He was building a company on a large base of fossil-fueled non-utility generation supporting  a transition to a purveyor of non-utility, distributed generation based on …

NRG CEO David Crane Steps Down, Joins The B Team

NRG Energy announced on Dec. 3 that David Crane is stepping down as president and CEO of the company effective immediately.

Crane had served in the position since 2003. During more than 12 years at the helm of NRG, he led the company …

David Crane and the Coming Electric Utility Apocalypse

The hyperbole in the headline comes not from the author but from those nipping at the heels of the traditional electric utility industry. Hyperbole aside, several recent and likely future developments have set the stage for a new set of …

The Best Place to Sample HRSG Tubes

Finding the best place to sample heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) tubes isn’t as hard as finding a needle in a haystack (but it’s like that).

Ask most HRSG users where they take their routine tube samples for …

Monitoring and Treatment of Closed-Loop Cooling Water Systems

In part because they are closed-loop systems, it can be easy to ignore power plant cooling water systems that support the reliable functioning of everything from stator bars in the generator to critical pump bearings for feed pumps and heat …

Feedwater Chemistry Meets Stainless Steel, Copper, and Iron

Developing a feedwater chemistry program that will minimize corrosion across a variety of metallurgies doesn’t have to be difficult. This article reviews the requirements for three common metallurgies in condensate and feedwater piping and the chemistry options that operators …

Boiler Chemical Cleaning: Doing It Correctly

Like some of those tests your doctor is always after you to get, boiler chemical cleaning is something that most of us would rather not think about but that we all agree is necessary. Adding to our general discomfort with …

ORP: New Tool or Another Gadget?

The quality of any job results from the combination of the tools used and the expertise to use them properly. Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) is one tool that, when properly applied and interpreted, can provide critical information about corrosion in feedwater …