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Power


Monthly Issue | September 30, 2008

A Pragmatic Energy Policy

By Dr. Robert Peltier, PE The already razor-thin power supply margins in the UK are likely to become nearly transparent by 2012, according to a new study prepared by Fells…


The Problem of Fine Particles

No matter what its size, fine particulate matter is a serious matter for coal-burning power plants. A process that charges those particles shows promise for mitigating the problem. Particulate matter…


Indecent Disclosure

Though former New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer may be remembered for one type of indecent exposure, the current New York attorney general is promoting a more damaging type of…


Revived Energy Storage Technology Offers Major Grid Benefits

In a move that could boost the value of wind and nuclear generation, relieve stress on the nation’s transmission grid, and reduce utility carbon emissions, PSEG Global LLC and energy…


Hill Backing New FERC Powers on Grid Cyber Attacks

Spurred on by a recent audit showing widespread utility noncompliance with voluntary recommendations meant to protect the grid from cyber attacks, key lawmakers have unveiled plans to give the Federal…


Who Cares about CAIR?

In a bid to preserve some of the health and air quality benefits of a defunct regulation, House Democrats have floated a legislative proposal to codify the near-term emission reductions…


The Low-Down on Low-Alloy Filler Metals

Chromium-molybdenum (chrome-moly) pipe has become a standard in the power generation industry, not only because of its corrosion resistance and high-temperature strength, but also for its cost-effectiveness. In many applications,…


Anatomy of a Boiler Failure—A Different Perspective

The power industry’s operating and maintenance practices were held up to intense regulator and public scrutiny when on November 6, 2007, a Massachusetts power plant’s steam-generating boiler exploded and three…


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