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Monthly Issue | February 1, 2014

The Power Potential of Southern Africa

Power produced by South Africa represents 40% of Africa’s total—yet that country is facing a crippling supply shortfall. Emergencies are offset with imports from its neighbors in southern Africa, some…


THE BIG PICTURE: Power Pie Pieces


Upgraded Control Room Consoles Improve Ergonomics

Great River Energy (GRE) is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that generates and transmits power for 28 member cooperatives throughout southern, central, and northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. With a generating…


Let There Be (LED) Light

You’ve no doubt heard that U.S. power plant emissions have been dropping overall and that one of the reasons has been decreased thermal generation resulting from essentially flat demand. As…


Mexico Embarks on Historic Energy Reform

Mexico’s much-awaited constitutional energy reform, passed on Dec. 12 by the federal congress and a week later by the required majority of state congresses, could spark increased private participation in…


POWER Digest (February 2014)

EU’s Highest Court Says French Onshore Wind Tariff Is Illegal. The Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) ruled on Dec. 19 that a French regulatory mechanism allowing network…


American Physical Society Pushes for Reactor Licensing Beyond 60 Years

Allowing nuclear generators to operate some of the existing 100 U.S. nuclear reactors longer than their 60-year licensed limit could help offset a potentially massive power supply gap that could…


White Rose Project Wins UK Government CCS Backing

The UK’s faltering plans to establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry by the 2020s got a renewed boost in December as the government pledged to back the Drax…


Using Carbon Dioxide to Produce Geothermal Power

A new kind of geothermal power being developed by a team of scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the University of Minnesota, and the Ohio State University could…


Japan, South Korea Stick to Nuclear Ambitions

Japan and South Korea, countries that depended heavily on nuclear power before the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011 (Figure 3), separately released draft long-term energy plans in December, both placing renewed…


Speeding Forward with Integrating Plug-in EVs

Approximately 150,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are already on the road in the United States, according to various reports. These vehicles include relatively wallet-friendly PEV options like the all-electric Nissan…


Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics Within a Smart Integrated Infrastructure

Coal power plants face more and greater challenges to their continued operations than at any time since the Industrial Revolution. As a result, utilities must employ new strategies for balancing…


Establishing Proper Pressure Drop for Feedwater Flow Control Valves

Feedwater control valves play a critical role in boiler operation. One important parameter of their design is the pressure drop at the rated condition as well as off-design conditions. However,…


Generation Cybersecurity: What You Should Know, and Be Doing About It

A professional engineer specializing in the cybersecurity of industrial control systems explains cybersecurity controls that should be present at every generation plant and why they are needed for basic risk…


Using Neural Network Combustion Optimization for MATS Compliance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adjusted the language of the final Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulation to recognize the value of neural network combustion optimization systems by extending…


NIST Cybersecurity Framework Aims to Improve Critical Infrastructure

Yet another standard? No. What you’ll see this month is a tool designed to bring together all the relevant cybersecurity standards and put them in an appropriate context—a framework—so you…


Texas and the Capacity Market Debate

The odds that the Texas electricity market will undergo change this year are high. Despite the promise of low costs in an energy-only market, that market alone is providing insufficient…


Japan Ramps Up Renewables

Already planning a major expansion of its renewable capacity, Japan has been forced to redouble its efforts with the loss of its nuclear fleet after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Though…


New Products (February 2014)

Three-Phase Noncontact Current TransducerThe RCTrms-3ph current transducer from Power Electronic Measurements offers a relatively convenient, safe, and accurate solution for measuring current in three phases. It has a thin, clip-around,…


Are You Ready to Compete with Your Customers?

New technologies and consumer demand for cleaner energy are rapidly transforming the power sector. This transformation is most evident in the advent of distributed energy resources (DER)—a marriage of information…


Retrofitting Mechanical Draft Fans to Optimize System Performance

Mechanical draft fans are used exclusively in power generation to move air and gas from one point to another. They create draft in a process system so that fluid media…


Reliable Fire Protection for Turbine Rooms

Fire protection for power plant turbine rooms has typically been a game of tradeoffs. Enclosure integrity issues in older facilities can render CO2 and halon systems ineffective. In new and…


Corrosion Protection for FGD Vessels

Roughly five years ago, the power industry readily embraced the new Alloy 2205 metal as a more lightweight and cost-effective substrate for the construction of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) absorbers…


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