COAL POWER Direct [February 16, 2010]

A Game Plan for Improving Boiler Operations

Operating a boiler is not difficult, but operating a boiler safely and efficiently requires skill and proper training. Following boiler operation best practices will keep your equipment in like-new condition for years to come. This game plan includes a compendium of best practices, with web links to a number of additional key resources you should be famililar with.

Conveyor Upgrades Increase Plant Availability, Reduce Airborne Dust

The loading and discharge of conveyor belts is the area where many, if not most, of the problems in solids conveying occur. Fortunately, a new technology provides chutes to accomplish conveyor loading and discharge without blockages while minimizing the dust generated: engineered-flow transfer chutes.

DOE Official Floats NSR ‘Carve-Out’ for Some Coal Plants

The Energy Department’s top fossil energy official said [in December that] he might seek exemption or relaxation of “new source review” requirements for certain U.S. coal-fired power plants that are boosting efficiency through retrofits if the plants are also good candidates for subsequent installation of carbon capture and storage systems.

Electricity 2010: Opportunity Dressed as Hard Work

In their February 10 “state of the industry” speech to the financial community, reprinted here with permission, Edison Electric Institute leaders summarized the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.

EPA Proposes To Tighten Ozone Standard

In one of the most far-reaching of numerous new air regulations expected from the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to tighten the primary federal standard for ground-level ozone, the principal constituent of smog, to within a range of 60 to 70 parts per billion, saying the tougher standard is needed to protect human health.

EPA’s Carbon Regs Challenged

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made only a passing reference to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2545) passed by the House some months ago. “I’m eager to help advance the bipartisan effort in the Senate,” was President Obama’s acknowledgement that the House approach to controlling carbon in the U.S. faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. However, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) endangerment finding, released on the eve of the Copenhagen meetings last December could be the unnoticed uppercut that follows a weak congressional jab at controlling carbon.

Fuels Used for Power Generation Expected to Rebound in 2010

The Energy Information Administraion has predicted that, as the economy gathers steam this year, rising demand for gasoline, crude oil, coal, and natural gas is expected to push up energy prices, aided by a projected boost in crude oil production.

Greens’ Nuclear Allergy and Its Carbon Costs

Nuclear was such a target of the environmental movement that it embraced the “anything but nuclear” policy with abandon. Is the movement's consideration of nuclear now a case of better late than never?

KnoxCheck Reports Reactor Potential and Catalyst Activity

Adding a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system to an operating coal-fired plant may be an expensive and time-consuming project, but the environmental benefits are without question. However, once construction is complete and operations staff assume control of the SCR, proper measurement tools are required to monitor the catalyst performance life cycle.