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Power


Monthly Issue | January 15, 2008

U.S. nuclear power’s time has come—again

In the U.S. today, there are continual discussions about energy independence, energy security, and ways to slow climate change. But meeting the nation’s projected 40% increase in electricity demand by…


Workforce analysis: Replacing management by fad with management certainty

Despite all the hype over the past few years about the potential devastation caused by large-scale baby boomer retirements, recent studies say that age is responsible for only 15% of…


Protecting plant equipment from voltage sags

Modern equipment can be sensitive to brief disturbances on utility power mains. Electrical systems are subject to a wide variety of power quality problems that can interrupt production processes, affect…


Eliminating oil whip–induced vibration after a steam turbine retrofit

Extending the economic operating life of aging steam plants remains a priority at many utilities, given the challenge of obtaining permits for new generation and the lower cost of life-extension…


Costlier, scarcer supplies dictate making thermal plants less thirsty

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac (1746). Power plant owners are becoming very familiar with that economic lesson. The…


Greater fuel diversity needed to meet growing U.S. electricity demand

Continued economic growth in the U.S. over the next several years will inevitably drive growth in electricity consumption (Figure 1). Meeting the projected 40% increase in national demand by 2030…


Regulatory risks paralyzing power industry while demand grows

Predicting the U.S. power industry’s 2008 performance requires understanding how utilities and other plant developers respond to risk and uncertainty. Three years ago, mercury controls had the undivided attention of…


One-size RPS does not fit all

The U.S. Congress continues to debate proposals that would mandate that a set amount of the nation’s electricity come from renewable energy sources such as wind, the sun, or biomass.…


Focus on O&M (January 2008)

INSTRUMENTATION & CONTROL  Single-window control of CHP plant’s energy converters In February 2005, APS Energy Services and its Northwind Phoenix subsidiary together began building a gas-fired combined heat and power…


Global Monitor (January 2008) 

Dominion applies for new Virginia reactor In late November, Dominion became the third power company to formally propose building what would be the first new U.S. nuclear unit in more…


Renew Indian Point’s fission license

  Early last month, Governor Eliot Spitzer and Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo—both New York Democrats—asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to reject Entergy Nuclear’s application to extend the…


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