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EPA Delayed on Proposed ELG Revisions for Steam Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is behind on its proposed revisions to the Obama administration’s effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) for steam electric power plants.  In an e-mail to POWER on…

Wheeler: Keeping U.S. Coal Sector Alive Will Benefit ‘International Environmental Protection’

Coal power, which has seen a marked decline in the U.S., is necessary for reliability and energy affordability, and sustaining it could boost pollution technology exports and “improve lives while…

Coal Unit CCUS Retrofits More Economic Than Many Alternatives, NETL Study Suggests

Adding carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) to two Xcel coal units in Colorado that are slated to be retired by 2025 would push up the cost of power if…

Transformer Reliability: An Overview of Data-Driven Decision-Making

Are you properly quantifying and assessing the health of your plant’s transformers? Oil testing, infrared scanning, electrical testing, and inspection provide a much deeper understanding of what is happening

Ultrasonic Testing for the Power Generation Industry

Ultrasonic nondestructive testing, also known as ultrasonic NDT or simply UT, is a method of characterizing the thickness or internal structure of a test piece using high-frequency sound waves. The

EPA Urges States to Submit CCR Programs Even as Coal Ash Regulatory Overhaul Continues

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 24 proposed to partially approve Georgia’s permit program for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR). As it did so, it gave other…

PVD Coatings Extend Life of Gas and Steam Turbine Components

Industrial gas turbine (IGT) manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) personnel are continually seeking new ways to improve the performance and longevity of critical components. High-value

How to Monitor and Predict Operational Performance with Digital Analytics [PODCAST]

Power plants are capturing operational data in ever-increasing amounts. However, analyzing all the data can be challenging. A number of tools are available that can help. In this episode of…