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Monthly Issue | February 1, 2022

New Era for NextEra: A Utility Spotlight

Since its inception as Florida Power & Light Co. in 1925, NextEra Energy has transformed into the world’s largest utility company. The company’s history is symbolic of the growth and…


Groups Grapple with Labor Logistics as Energy Evolves

The continuing transition in the power generation sector means workers need new skills. The challenge for utilities and other power producers is finding the top talent at a time the…


Coal Will Remain Prominent for Decades Despite Growing Renewable Power Capacity

There are a lot of changes taking place in the world’s energy supplies. We seem to read announcements almost every day about coal plant retirements, and solar and wind farm…


Italian Group Taps CO2 for Energy Storage

New technologies for energy storage are being developed as the industry continues to mature. Energy Dome, an Italian energy storage technology company founded in 2019, recently announced it will use…


China Starts Up First Fourth-Generation Nuclear Reactor

The first of two units at China’s much-watched high-temperature gas-cooled modular pebble bed (HTR-PM) demonstration project was successfully connected to the grid on Dec. 20. The achievement marks a major…


Rolls-Royce Sets Megawatt Milestone for Hybrid-Electric Aircraft System

Bracing for explosive growth in the electrification of mobility, UK-based engineering giant Rolls-Royce is developing various all-electric and hybrid-electric drive systems for aircraft. At one of its most-watched hybrid-electric aero…


Blueprint Underway for Commercial Mine Energy Storage Facility in Sweden 

A blueprint for what could become the world’s first commercial underground mine storage facility has garnered financial backing from Swedish Mining Innovation, a joint agency overseen by Sweden’s Innovation Agency,…


Biomass Power: Environmental Benefit or Numbers Game?

Many bioenergy industry proponents put forth carbon neutrality as a basis for their support. However, the claim may not hold up under scrutiny. By some accounts, biomass power plant emissions…


We Need Nuclear Energy as Part of the Energy Transition

COMMENTARY This article is one of two posts in POWER's Point-Counterpoint series. The views and opinions expressed within the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect…


New Nuclear Isn’t Worth Public Investment

COMMENTARY This article is one of two posts in POWER's Point-Counterpoint series. The views and opinions expressed within the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect…


Net-Zero Without Carbon Sequestration Is ‘Virtually Impossible’; Yet Site Acquisition and Permitting Hurdles Hinder Implementation

In a Flagship Report, the International Energy Agency said reaching net-zero carbon dioxide emissions is “virtually impossible” without carbon capture, utilization, and storage. Significant progress has been made in the…


District Heating Supply from Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear energy is competitive for urban district heating applications. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, about 43 nuclear reactors around the world—mostly in Eastern Europe and Russia—provide district heating…


Improving Power Networks: How Smarter Grids and a New Generation of Electricity Can Prevent Blackouts

Power networks today face two major challenges: aging infrastructure and complex intermittent power flows caused by the worldwide transition from fossil-based fuels to zero-carbon resources. With some of the world’s…


Four Key Allies for Keeping Powerhouses in Top Condition

Today, power generators often don’t have the same in-house capabilities that they did in years past. Therefore, managing operations and maintenance at many facilities has become more difficult. Here are…


Issues Abound in 2022 for Widespread EV Deployment

Even the most casual observers of the energy and automotive industries are aware that electric vehicle (EV) sales in U.S. markets are on the rise. Over the past 10 years,…


Lagunitas Brewing Co. Taps Big Savings Through Solar Conversion

By the time Lagunitas Brewing Co. began its conversion to solar power in 2017, it had grown to become one of the largest craft beer businesses in the U.S.—a far…


How Measuring Total Gas Pressure Detects Transformer Air Leaks

From generation to transmission and distribution, the power industry is changing. With distributed energy resources (DERs) increasingly participating in wholesale capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets, new regulations are helping…


The Developed World Must Turn Fossil Fuel Industries into Green Tech Powerhouses for Developing Countries

When environmental advocates implore less-wealthy countries to cease oil or gas investment and production because it is the cause of climate change, they are often branded as naive and ridiculous.…


POWER Digest [February 2022]

Once a Coal Generating Behemoth, TransAlta Achieves Full Phaseout of Coal Power in Canada. Canadian generator TransAlta, a company that derived 30% of its cash flow from coal generation just five…


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