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Power


Monthly Issue | June 3, 2013

Save Money Using High-Efficiency Motors

As a group, electric motors represent one of the best opportunities to save energy and reduce operating costs in a power plant. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that…


Give Your Plant a Dust Control Tune-Up

Dust collection systems capture fugitive coal dust that would otherwise escape from the perimeter of equipment areas. Collected fugitive dust is fuel that should be delivered to the furnace and…


Fire Protection Guidelines for Handling and Storing PRB Coal

The Powder River Basin (PRB) Coal Users’ Group has developed recommended fire-prevention practices/guidelines for plants that burn PRB coal by itself or in blends. The guidelines are not equipment-specific because…


Two Polar Bear Decisions in Two Weeks

The end of February saw a flurry of news regarding the status of the Polar Bear under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On February 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…


The New Permit for Old Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a long history of regulation through litigation. More than 13 years have passed since the EPA launched the opening salvo in its coal-fired…


EU’s Green Policies in Retreat

Readers of this column have surely noticed that I have used Germany as the exemplar of the European Union’s (EU’s) disastrous energy policies. The reason I do this is simple:…


Leadership Changes at Mississippi Power as Kemper IGCC Cost Overruns Soar

Cost overruns of nearly $1 billion to build the 582-MW Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant in Kemper County, Miss., were underscored on May 20 as Mississippi Power’s Board…


AES Corp. to Retire 990 MW of Coal Capacity on Environmental Rule Concerns

AES Corp.’s subsidiary Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) plans to retire six coal-fired units representing about 390 MW at its 414-MW Hutchings coal-, gas-, and oil-fired plant in Miamisburg, Ohio,…


EIA Releases State-by-State Report on Energy-Related CO2 Emissions

In a report released on May 13, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents data on energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for each state by year, fuel, sector, and other…


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