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Power


Monthly Issue | December 1, 2010

DOE Warns of Coal Plant Water Supply Shortages

With utilities already alarmed by looming federal regulations that could force construction of expensive cooling towers that would sharply increase water use, a report by the Energy Department's Argonne National…


Restructuring Key to Cheaper, Cleaner Electricity

As the United States grapples with how best to address climate change and conservation—whether by taxing carbon, cap and trade, or setting higher renewable portfolio standards—an effective approach exists at…


Efficiency Favored in EPA Greenhouse Guidance To States

A long-awaited Clean Air Act regulatory guidance document released November 10 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that state air regulators strongly emphasize energy efficiency in determining the most…


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

Editor's note: In this second installment of our Power 101 series (the first installment was Flue Gas Heat Recovery in Power Plants, published in three parts: Part I, Part II,…


Four Obstacles Facing Coal Power

In my mind, the mid-term elections again proved that America prefers a house divided when it comes to federal government leadership. The question for the coal-fired generation industry is, will…


EPA Regulations Accelerate Industry Shift from Wet to Dry Bottom Ash Solutions

In May 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled long-awaited proposed regulations on ash handling for power plants. Under the first proposed option, coal ash would be categorized as…


Flue Gas Analysis as a Furnace Diagnostic Tool

Plant operators have used combustion flue gas analysis for decades as a method of optimizing boiler combustion fuel/air ratios. By measuring the amount of excess oxygen and/or carbon monoxide (CO)…


Peabody: China, India Leading Coal "Supercycle"

While U.S. coal production has been stagnant in 2010, demand for coal in China and India has sharply risen this year and could represent the early stages of a "long-term…


Regulating the Regulators: WVDEP Forced to Issue Permits to Itself

On November 8, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, et al. v. Huffman (Appeal No. 09-1474). It's an…


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