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Monthly Issue | February 3, 2020

Public Safety Power Shutoffs: How Utilities Could Partner
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Catastrophic wildfires have devastated California in recent years. This article seeks to outline a plan wherein neighboring utilities can send energy to support a utility that has shut down critical…


How Utilities Can Better Manage and Maintain the Quality of Their Data Assets
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Utilities are becoming increasingly skilled at adapting to changes brought on by the digital age: pressure from automation, disruption from new technology, and challenges with how to ingest, manage, and…


Fault Ride-Through Using Slip-Capable Torque-Limiting Couplings
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As more intermittent renewable energy resources are added to the power grid, generator connectivity during a grid fault becomes ever more important to mitigate the risk of cascading blackouts. An…


Show Preview – Connected Plant Conference

POWER magazine and Chemical Engineering are hosting the fourth annual Connected Plant Conference, taking place Feb. 25–27, 2020, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia. Connected Plant is the…


Data Is the New Power: Key Learnings from a Successful ERP Migration
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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage and automate many business functions related to operations, technology, services, and human resources.…


Increasing Automation for Fossil Energy Plants
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An Electric Power Research Institute study has developed a systematic process for introducing sequence automation to fossil power plants. Researchers are now exploring its implementation in case studies. As large-scale…


Predicting the Future? There’s an App for That

Power plant operators are turning to predictive maintenance applications to monitor equipment and collect performance data. Asset management systems, using artificial intelligence and other methods, are part of the growing…


Using Self-Service Analytics to Improve Power Plant Efficiency
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There is a widespread movement to reduce carbon emissions around the world. One way to do so is by improving plant efficiency, but that can be easier said than done.…


Is Biomass Dead?

With subsidies running short and emissions regulations still a challenge, the promise of biomass as a sustainable source for utility-scale power generation remains elusive. Yet, there are novel applications keeping…


Community Solar: Ready for the New Decade

Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple subscribers who receive credit on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced. Community solar allows homeowners, renters,…


Taking Efficiency and Flexibility to the Next Level
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In a rapidly changing energy market, the competitiveness of any power producer increasingly depends upon the reliability, efficiency, and flexibility of its power plants. As the share of renewable energy…


Backup Power for Critical Loads Can Save Lives and Money

In a modern economy increasingly dependent on electric power, blackouts can wreak havoc when the loads are critical to life, business, and even a comfortable lifestyle. The problem may be…


Hype and Hope: Artificial Intelligence’s Role in the Power Sector

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term power professionals are seeing increasingly to describe sophisticated digital technologies. Could it be the breakthrough that is so highly hyped? There is no argument…


Energy Storage—Operational Versatility Causes a Regulatory Identity Crisis

The next decade could belong to energy storage. Project development costs are dropping. Enhanced state and corporate focus on climate-related issues is producing more opportunities for renewable generation and for…


Seal Design Key as ORC Turbine Manufacturer Enters Geothermal Market

When a global leader in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of binary Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power systems entered the geothermic energy market, company engineers knew its existing turbines would…


Minimizing Exposure: RVI Videoscopes Take Radiation Exposure to a New Low

For personnel in nuclear power plants, time and distance are critical measurements when it comes to safe inspections. When workers need to enter a high-radiation area to examine a potential…


A Closer Look at Coal Power Plant Impacts
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When I see estimates of premature deaths attributable to coal-fired power plants, I usually take the data with a grain of salt. It’s not that I don’t trust researchers to…


POWER Digest [February 2020]

Indonesia Readying to Build 145-MW Floating Solar Plant. Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB), a subsidiary of Indonesian state electricity company PT PLN, is planning to begin construction of the $129 million Cirata…


Endesa to Close Two Giant Spanish Coal Plants

Endesa on Dec. 27 formally moved to shutter two massive coal-fired power plants—the 1.4-GW As Pontes plant in A Coruña, Galicia, which is the biggest coal-fired power plant in Spain,…


South Korea Continues Nuclear Phase-out

South Korea has announced the permanent closure of another nuclear reactor, as the country continues to phase out thermal power generation and increase the use of renewable resources for electricity.…


Australia, Long a Uranium Champion, Mulls Nuclear Power

An Australian federal inquiry last December recommended partially lifting a nationwide ban on nuclear energy, urging that the government pursue a “goal-oriented” and community-focused strategy as it considers the prospect…


India’s Energy Market Overhaul—Infrastructure, Renewables, and Keeping Coal in the Mix

India wants to reform its power generation sector, including upgrades to energy infrastructure, and plans to introduce new technology to make its electricity supply more reliable and resilient. It’s part…


THE BIG PICTURE: Offshore Wind Targets


Policy Support for Carbon Capture Critical to Clean Energy Future
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Analysis by both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and International Energy Agency shows that achieving a zero-carbon energy system by 2050 will require large-scale deployment of carbon capture technology…


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