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Monthly Issue | January 1, 2014

Redefining Priorities for Quebec’s Hydro Power Cluster

A land of lakes and rivers, Quebec benefits today from an abundance of clean and green energy, vastly generated by means of hydro power, which is increasingly complemented by the…


THE BIG PICTURE: Regulation Reckoning

 


Global Change Agents

Now more than ever, the power generation business is a global business. Supply chains are more international than in the last century. Thanks to more easily retrievable reserves of shale…


IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2013: Renewables and Natural Gas to Surge Through 2035

By 2035, renewables will hold a 30% share of the global power mix, but only 1% of the world’s fossil fuel–fired power plants will be equipped with carbon capture and…


EPRI Plans High-Burnup Spent Fuel Demonstration

A study proposed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) could shed more light on how safe it is to store high-burnup used nuclear fuel in dry casks. In an…


New Products (January 2014)

High-Pressure Water Jet LancesNLB’s new NCG-286A Series of high-pressure water jet lances increase operator comfort while making hose or fitting failures less likely. The new models reduce stress on the…


A Novel Solar-Fossil Hybrid Power Plant

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is developing a promising solar-fossil hybrid power system for integration with a conventional combined-cycle power plant. The hybrid system uses concentrated solar power (CSP)…


Milestones for Major Nuclear Projects

Several new nuclear plant construction milestones were recorded worldwide in October and November. CPR-1000. On Nov. 23, China’s 18th large reactor, Hongyanhe 2, was connected to the grid. The $8.2…


Upgrading a Wired Public Address System with a Wireless Option

The management at a 1,094-MW coal-fired power plant in the Midwest sought to augment their hardwired public-address (PA) system. With hundreds of employees working in varied conditions, a means of…


Financial Performance – Based Utility Bonuses: Unnecessary Exposure

A series of derivative lawsuits has recently been filed against the officers and directors of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) based on the explosion of a PG&E gas transmission…


A Rising Tide of Regulation and the “Kick-the-Can” Gambit

An array of federal regulation is coming down the pipe in 2014, but whether any of this represents real change remains to be seen. A tidal wave of pent-up federal…


Black & Veatch Foresees U.S. and Global Opportunities

Black & Veatch expects sustained growth across global energy markets in 2014 with several ongoing themes continuing. Key market drivers supporting power infrastructure spend remain the same, centering on emerging…


How U.S. Power Generators Are Preparing for 2014

Pundits, journalists, and researchers can opine about what the future holds for power generation, while engineering, equipment, and service companies can comment on how their businesses are building for the…


Burns & McDonnell Sees U.S. Market in Transition While Asian Market Grows

The U.S. power generation market is experiencing a unique set of transitional drivers, the biggest being the current economics within the energy market. U.S. Market Drivers A significant portion of…


Europe Faces Capacity and Cost Challenges in 2014

In a financial climate that sees state-of-the-art combined cycle gas plants slated for closure, the diverse nations of Europe continue to make steady progress towards ambitious climate goals. This is…


Day & Zimmermann Focuses on Flexibility

Now more than ever, we see the U.S. power market sharply focused on maximizing return on investment. We see power producers responding to economic uncertainty, high costs for new emission…


Shale: The Rock That Rocked the World

In little more than a decade, the discovery of economic methods to extract natural gas from shale has exploded traditional assumptions about the world’s energy future and reversed trends across…


China’s Shale Gas Development Outlook and Challenges

Developing and using shale gas could alleviate fossil fuel shortfalls in China, enhance that nation’s energy security, and contribute to economic and social development. Though the government has plans to…


TransAlta’s Centralia Plant Earns PRBCUG Award

Completing the difficult transition to 100% Powder River Basin coal earned TransAlta’s Centralia plant in southwest Washington some well-deserved recognition.  The Powder River Basin Coal Users’ Group (PRBCUG) recognized TransAlta’s…


OPPD’s North Omaha Station Takes PRBCUG Honors

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), one of the largest publicly owned utilities in the U.S., generates approximately one-half of its electricity by burning coal. OPPD’s North Omaha Station began…


Is Distributed Generation Really the Future?

If you read the environmental press, clean tech media, or even the New York Times, you might conclude that America is on the cusp of a distributed generation (DG) revolution.…


Future of Australia’s Carbon Pricing Scheme Hangs in the Balance

Australia’s freshly elected prime minister, Tony Abbott, introduced a bill in November to scrap the nation’s controversial carbon pricing plan, which is slated to transition to an emissions trading scheme…


POWER Digest (January 2014)

Jordan Picks Russian-Built AES-92 For First Reactor. Jordan in early November chose Rosatom’s reactor export subsidiary AtomStroyExport to supply AES-92 nuclear technology for its first nuclear power plant. Rosatom Overseas…


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