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Power


Monthly Issue | April 1, 2011

Put the REINS on EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) end-run around democracy—the agency's hijacking of climate policy via the backdoor of Clean Air Act regulations—is meeting stiff resistance on Capitol Hill. The House Energy…


Air Rules Could Risk 11% of PJM Generation

Anticipated clean air regulations could force the retirement of as much as 19,000 MW of coal capacity in the Mid-Atlantic—or 11% of the region's generation—unless power prices rise to levels…


EPA Requiring Three Oklahoma Coal Plants to Scrub or Use Gas

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 7 announced a proposed federal implementation plan (FIP) to improve visibility in the Oklahoma region by reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide, which combines…


House Panel Hustles Through Bill Blocking EPA Climate Rules

In an anti-climactic markup that featured little new debate and no amendments by opposing Democrats, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee approved Republican legislation to block Obama administration action on…


Power 101: Improving the Performance of Boiler Auxiliaries, Part III

Part I of this three-part series, "Improving the Performance of Boiler Auxiliaries," explored the air preheater (APH) and important performance calculations. Part II discussed the performance degradation resulting from corrosion…


Respect Your Refractory

Refractory has always been an integral part on any steam-generating boiler. Refractory materials are used for filling gaps and openings to keep the fire inside the furnace, lining ash hoppers…


Condenser Performance Improvement Through Innovative Cleaning and Leak Detection Technologies

Condensers are one part of the power plant where the technology is well defined and the benefits of keeping a clean condenser are easily determined. Condenser maintenance is a "pay…


Australians Say "No" to Carbon Tax

Australia's prime minister, Julia Gillard, has found her plans to introduce a carbon tax quite unpopular with her constituents. One of the reasons Gilliard was elected in the first place…


Frisbees to Flatulence

I recently outlined the top four regulatory obstacles facing existing U.S. coal-fired power plants in the coming years: the impact of carbon reduction regulations, restrictions on once-through cooling water, the…


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