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Monthly Issue | February 15, 2008

What Congress can learn from Google

Chances are good that legislation to “cap and auction” greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will become law as early as 2009. While many environmentalists, utilities, and energy companies agree that cap…


Aggregated backup generators help support San Diego grid

Three years ago, Dennis Quinn, president of what was then Seattle-based Celerity Energy, proposed to San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) that it develop a “Clean Gen” program designed…


The case for cathodic protection

It’s only a matter of time before someone in a power plant is killed by a preventable catastrophic failure of a buried natural gas pipeline. The danger posed is less…


Who’s doing coal plant maintenance?

This maintenance staffing study is the third in a series of plant staffing benchmarking studies published in POWER. The first, in the September 2004 issue, was on plant operator staffing;…


Accelerating the deployment of cleaner coal plants

In recent years, U.S. utilities have shown increasing interest in deploying new coal-fired power plants based on advanced technologies such as integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC), ultrasupercritical pulverized coal (USC PC)…


Alstom’s chilled ammonia CO2-capture process advances toward commercialization

King Dionysius I, ruler of Syracuse, Italy, in the 4th century B.C., invited his courtier Damocles to exchange places with him for a day. While enjoying a feast, Damocles immediately…


Alliant Energy sweeps EUCG Best Performer awards

The EUCG (formerly Electric Utility Cost Group) annual Best Performer awards were presented at the group’s fall 2007 meeting in Denver, where Alliant Energy swept the top awards. The three-unit,…


TVA’s Shawnee Fossil Plant Unit 6 sets new record for continuous operation

Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Shawnee Fossil Plant sits on 2,696 acres on the south bank of the Ohio River about 10 miles northwest of Paducah, Kentucky. The plant is a…


California constrains competition again

Given a chance to make a positive change in California’s wholesale generation market, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December opted instead to maintain the state’s existing “hybrid” market…


Focus on O&M (February 2008)

MANAGEMENT Survey captures industry's carbon concerns Black & Veatch recently published 2007 Strategic Directions in the Electric Utility Industry Survey: The Changing Climate in the Electric Utility Industry, which reports…


Global Monitor (February 2008)

FutureGen picks Mattoon, Ill. In mid-December, members of the FutureGen for Illinois taskforce, elected officials, local residents, and Governor Rod R. Blagojevich (D) celebrated the FutureGen Industrial Alliance’s decision to…


U.S. a paper tiger in nuclear power

I was talking with a utility executive the other day about his recent vacation in India. It’s certainly not your usual holiday destination, but he’s the adventurous type, eager to…


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