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Monthly Issue | February 15, 2007

Will FERC’s transmission siting rule create more jurisdictional conflict?

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 689, issued on Nov. 16, 2006, established requirements and procedures for granting permits to build transmission facilities within "national interest electric transmission corridors"…


This month in POWER . . .

February 1885 The cover story examined the latest in reciprocating engine technology: the Greene automatic cut-off engine (Figure 1). Here is how the editors described it: "The engine has a…


NOx, SO3 in the spotlight at NETL’s 2006 Environmental Controls Conference

In May 2006, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy sponsored a two-session Environmental Controls Conference (ECC 2006) in Pittsburgh,…


Sealing abandoned mines with treated flyash kills two birds with one stone

In 1971, with passage of the Power Plant Siting Act, Maryland established the Power Plant Research Project (PPRP) and made the Department of Natural Resources responsible for its administration. The…


SO3’s impacts on plant O&M: Part II

Although the attention that SO3 has received has been focused on its visible emissions, the presence of SO3 also creates some serious operations and maintenance problems for back-end plant equipment,…


Finding and fixing cracks in high-temperature headers

Major failures of superheater and reheater outlet headers are relatively infrequent. But when headers do fail, repairing them may take weeks, and replacing them may take up to six months.…


To optimize performance, begin at the pulverizers

Optimizing combustion in pulverized coal (PC)-fired boilers today is more important today than ever. It is well known that the average American PC plant is over 30 years old and…


Innovative boiler master design improves system response

A new boiler master concept combines the benefits of throttle pressure firing (return to the throttle pressure setpoint) and drum pressure firing (dynamic stability). It consists of a throttle pressure…


Arc flash protection should be job No. 1

Assumptions and complacency are two of safety's worst enemies. If the following story hits uncomfortably close to home for you, it will have served its purpose. In January 1993, two…


The tyranny of the final, nonappealable condition

The financing of power generation projects increasingly depends on the execution of a long-term power-purchase agreement (PPA). A common prerequisite for considering a PPA to be "effective" is a "final…


Focus on O&M (February 2007)

SYSTEM RELIABILITY The compliance clock is ticking Now that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved 82 of the initial set of 87 mandatory system reliability standards developed by…


Global Monitor (February 2007)

China to buy four AP1000 reactors In a deal brokered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), China is ordering four Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors for plants to be constructed…


Birds in the hand for CO2

The January call for a national policy on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by a coalition that includes some of America's largest companies and electric utilities—GE, Alcoa, Dupont, Duke, FPL, and…


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