COAL POWER Direct [June 3, 2013]

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, by June 2015 as a result of existing and expected environmental regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The news comes on the heels of Indianapolis Power & Light Co.’s (IPL’s) announcement that it plans to retire 600 MW of coal-fired capacity to comply with environmental rules.

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 breakouts for the years 2000 through 2010.

EU’s Green Policies in Retreat

EU leaders are beginning to comprehend that there is a practical limit to their dogged pursuit of reducing carbon emissions: their customers’ ability to pay their energy bills each month.

Fire Protection Guidelines for Handling and Storing PRB Coal

Operators familiar with the unique requirements of burning Powder River Basin (PRB) coal will tell you that it’s not a case of “if” you will have a PRB coal fire, it’s “when.”

Give Your Plant a Dust Control Tune-Up

Every piece of equipment that transports or processes coal creates some level of particulate matter. Having a strategy for coal dust management in your plant is essential.

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 of Directors took the dramatic step of replacing the Southern Co. subsidiary’s leadership.

Save Money Using High-Efficiency Motors

Electric motors are the largest energy consumer within a typical industrial plant. Motors also present the greatest opportunity to reduce auxiliary loads, particularly those with high usage factors.

The New Permit for Old Power Plants

Beware the letter from the Environmental Protection Agency asking seemingly innocuous questions about your plant.

Two Polar Bear Decisions in Two Weeks

Protecting polar bears was the subject of two recent legal rulings. The courts ensured the bears remain protected but also closed to door to those wanting to use the Endangered Species laws to effect new greenhouse gas rules.