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Monthly Issue | December 23, 2014

Mexico’s Electricity Sector Reform in Perspective

Much has been made recently of Mexico’s energy sector reforms, and because those reforms are still in being implemented, it can be useful to compare their progress with the outcome…


The Outlook for Small Hydropower in China

As the global electric power industry continues to develop clean, high-quality energy capacity for sustainable development, the position of small hydropower has changed. In the past few decades, small hydropower…


THE BIG PICTURE: Baseload Retirements


Power Industry Sees Pigs Fly

“When pigs fly” is a figure of speech used to express disbelief that a particular situation will ever come to pass. For the power industry, several recent and emerging developments…


Can Mexico’s Electricity Reform Deliver on Its Promise?

In 2013 the Mexican government passed historic reforms that eliminated the state’s monopoly on the energy sector in an effort to attract private investment. In the electricity sector, reform was…


IEA: Renewables Will Overtake Coal’s Share in World Power Mix by 2040

Renewables’ share of the global power mix is slated to overtake coal to become the largest source of electricity by 2040, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects in its 2014…


Outlook Foresees World Wind Market Revival

Through 2014, 47 GW of new wind power capacity will be installed in China, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, and other emerging markets, marking a sharp recovery for the global wind…


Alstom Reports Major Boost for Advanced Ultrasupercritical Technology

The trial operation of a steam loop for more than 17,000 hours at temperatures exceeding 760C (1,400F)—the highest ever tested at a pulverized coal plant—have wrapped up at Plant Barry…


Pilot Launched to Convert Olive Oil Waste to Power

A pilot plant in Andalucía, Spain, built by a consortium of multinational European partners, is converting toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity using an innovative three-part process. Coordinated…


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Candu Wins China’s Backing to Develop AFCR Projects. Candu Energy and the China National Nuclear Corp. on Nov. 10 signed a framework joint venture agreement to build Advanced Fuel CANDU…


Global Water Outlook for Power Generation

Water and energy are intimately linked. Water is necessary for the production, distribution, and use of energy. Energy is needed for the withdrawal and delivery of water. The two are…


Pacific Northwest Moving Ahead with Climate Change Policy?

Oregon and Washington State are examining new policies to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. We expect to see extension of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program at the top of the 2015 legislative…


How U.S. Power Generators Are Preparing for 2015

Generating companies have different challenges topping their lists for the coming year, depending on their service territory—from integrating renewables, to responding to several new federal regulations, to anticipating variable natural…


The Urge to Merge, or Vice Versa?

Mergers and acquisitions have long characterized the modern power industry, going back decades. That looks to continue. But the dynamics of the industry are producing a counter trend, which the…


Labor Crunch Complicates the Gas Turbine Arms Race

The rate of introduction of new gas turbine products has accelerated, and the speed of change creates challenges for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors who are also coping with…


Opportunities to Thrive in Evolving Power Market

The power generation market continues to evolve due to fundamental changes in market forces. Ongoing opportunities exist to partner with utilities to support this evolutionary process. Leadership Is Key for…


Small Modular Reactors Speaking in Foreign Tongues

Highly touted by the U.S. nuclear industry and heavily funded by the U.S. government, small modular reactors have largely entered the realm of mythology in this country, slipping into the…


Reducing Weather-Related Risks in Renewable Generation

You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you handle the ways it affects your renewable plant. From financial hedging to accurate predictions, the tools in a plant…


Small Hydropower Advances and Challenges in China

In many countries, the days of massive hydropower projects appear to be waning, for an array of environmental and cultural reasons. As in other parts of the world, small hydropower…


Utilizing 3-D Virtual Reality Visualization for Efficient Power Projects and Training

It may look, feel, and sound like a video game, but 3-D virtual reality visualization software offers much more than fun. Power professionals are utilizing it for immersive operator training,…


Choosing an ESP Power Supply for Improved Particulate Control

A low-frequency, three-phase electrostatic precipitator (ESP) power supply was developed to overcome the many reliability problems with the designs in common use today. Field test results were conducted to confirm…


Primer on Fuel Quality Analysis

Fuel quality is vitally important for combustion power plants, yet fuel quality testing is still uncommon and analyses often incorrect. Improved knowledge about the primary energy input to your power…


Don’t Ignore Cyber Threats to Power Infrastructure

Over the last few years, it has become increasingly clear that a massive cyber-attack on the North American electric grid represents a serious threat to U.S. national security. Over time,…


Fuel Economics Will Drive 2015 U.S. Power Markets

Energy market dynamics in the U.S. continue to evolve. Regulatory developments, advancements in power plant technology, and fuel dynamics are transforming the industry. Although the outcome of these developments has…


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