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Monthly Issue | July 30, 2012

Coal Could Regain Ground from Gas as Summer Demand Ramps Up

Natural gas-fired generation enjoyed a competitive advantage through this past winter and spring as historically low prices for the commodity combined with mild weather and relatively light demand to turn…


EPA Proposes Clean Air Standards for PM2.5

In response to a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updates on June 15 to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot…


Federal Court Rejects Challenges to EPA Industrial, Automotive GHG Rules

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 26 ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was "unambiguously correct" in its interpretation…


In-Line Sorbent Milling Improves Dry Sorbent Injection Performance

New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air emission regulations are driving coal-fired power plants to assess various technologies and capabilities to enhance emissions removal. A number of plants are evaluating dry…


Design Features of Advanced Ultrasupercritical Plants, Part III

A supercritical plant uses a steam generator design that operates at full load above critical pressure 22.1 MPa (3,208 psia). The Benson boiler refers to a steam generator design that…


Why Coal Plants Retire: Power Market Fundamentals as of 2012

Power companies in the U.S. have announced a growing number of retirements of coal-fired power plants over the past 12 to 14 months. While not unexpected, recent announcements have sparked…


Green Jobs Count: Fewer Than Before, Sillier Than Ever

Back in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a study showing our economy had 3.1 million green jobs. Recently, it issued another green jobs study with a headlining…


Stopping the EPA: The Long Game

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruling throwing out an omnibus petition against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) first tranche of carbon dioxide restrictions rested largely on the Court's decision that…


Changing of the Guard

The low spot market price of natural gas (Henry Hub was $2.78/MMBtu on July 3) is up slightly from the recent historic low of $1.82/MMBtu experienced on April 20, but…


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