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Power


Monthly Issue | January 3, 2021

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Renewable Energy Growth Continues
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Wind and solar power capacity and generation have been growing steadily for years, as efforts to halt climate change and a desire for clean energy have gained public support around…


Eight International Power Sector Trends to Watch in 2021 and Beyond

Roiled over 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, two much-watched international power market outlooks surveying short-term and long-term implications caution the road ahead will be ridden by complexity. The International Energy…


A Reactive Solution to Renewables’ Growth on the Grid

Electricity transmission network operators are being tasked with adding more renewable energy resources to the power grid. The use of static VAR compensators (SVCs) is growing as a means to…


How the Energy Transition Is Affecting the EPC Business

Larger changes in the power industry are shaking up the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) business in the U.S. and abroad. Experts explain how the industry is fielding business impacts,…


Governments Look to Expand Nuclear Power Through SMRs

Advancements in small modular reactor (SMR) technology are being supported by government investment within several countries, including the U.S. and the UK, as SMRs are increasingly seen as a way…


Welding Method 7 Approved, Fitness for Service Project Launched

Welding Method 7 (WM7), which was supported by an extensive set of research experiments led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), was approved in March 2020 by the National…


Forging Materials with the ‘Right Stuff’ for Tomorrow’s Energy Systems

One of the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL’s) key initiatives aims to bridge the gap in research infrastructure and accelerate advanced alloy development and manufacturing. Materials are foundational technology, and…


Experience POWER: Event Expands and Evolves with New Name
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When the World Health Organization published news on Jan. 5, 2020, about cases of “pneumonia of unknown etiology” detected in Wuhan City, China, few people began stocking up on toilet…


The Steam Cycle Mechanical Relationship to Chemistry and Its Influence on Heat Rate and Reliability

It is well-known that a conventional boiler or heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) and related steam turbine have innumerable pieces all working in conjunction to produce the end product of…


Principles-Based Operations: A Military-Proven Method Part II

In “Principles-Based Operations: A Military-Proven Method Part I,” I alluded to the institutionalization of the military service. Specifically, I wrote about the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program and some of…


Principles-Based Operations: A Military-Proven Method Part I

Many power plant operators began their careers in the armed forces. Why is the military such a good training ground? Perhaps the answer lies in the principles instilled in recruits…


Zinc-ion Batteries Are a Scalable Alternative to Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion batteries are the most popular battery storage option today, controlling more than 90% of the global grid battery storage market, according to some estimates. However, the lithium-ion supply chain…


The Power Purchase Agreement in Transition

The power purchase agreement, commonly called a PPA, is a fundamental element to the development, construction, and financing of power generation projects. Like many things in the power industry, the…


FERC Order Opens Wholesale Power Markets to DERs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in September issued Order 2222, a final rule to remove barriers for distributed energy resource (DER) aggregators to participate in the wholesale capacity, energy,…


Power Sector Faces Continued Financial Distress in 2021
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The last few months have seen the power sector plagued with enduring lower power prices, exacerbating the continued negative impact on power generation companies and electric utilities. There are a…


Environmental Legislation and Stationary Gas Engines

As countries around the world set more stringent emissions standards, stationary gas engine operators are often required to incorporate new technology into their equipment. The changes can affect lubricants, so…


POWER Digest [January 2021]

Feasibility Study Set for Netherlands’ CCS Plan. Neptune Energy in mid-December announced a feasibility study to develop a carbon capture and storage (CCS) plan for the Netherlands. The study will…


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