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Monthly Issue | February 28, 2014

THE BIG PICTURE: Coal’s Export Future

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Change and Opportunity in Brazil

Brazil's electricity market is vast: the largest in Latin America and 10th largest in the world, with an installed capacity of 121,000 MW. Download the report.


What Is a Fossil Power Plant?

That question isn’t as flippant as it may sound. If you look at the type of plant that’s familiar to the generation of power industry personnel who have retirement within…


MHI, Southern Co. Complete Demonstration Phase of CCS Test

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) and Southern Co. have completed the initial demonstration phase of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) test at the Plant Barry power station in Mobile,…


The Advent of Flexible Coal

The increasing penetration of intermittent renewable generation, smart grids, demand response, and other emerging technologies has underscored the need for power plants with greater flexibility and efficiency—and one surprising solution…


Forced Closure of Nuclear Plant Is Unlawful, German Supreme Court Rules

In a ruling that could have reverberating implications for nuclear generators, Germany’s highest administrative law court upheld a lower court’s finding that declared unlawful the State of Hesse’s decision to…


POWER Digest (March 2014)

South Korea OKs $7B Plan for New Shin Kori Reactors. Only two weeks after South Korea announced plans to cut the share of nuclear in its total future power supply…


Statkraft Shelves Osmotic Power Project

Norwegian power company Statkraft has shelved its much-watched effort to harness energy from pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO). It said in a rare industry admission that the technology could not be sufficiently…


Developing the World’s First Magma-Enhanced Geothermal System

In 2009, when the first borehole in a series of wells was drilled as part of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) in Krafla, northeast Iceland (Figure 5), it unexpectedly…


When States Try to Manipulate Wholesale Power Markets

This has not been the best of times for state regulators trying to control the future of their regional power markets. In September, a federal court in Maryland shot down…


AES Uses Synchronous Condensers for Grid Balancing

Faced with a critical shortfall in voltage support after the loss of the San Onofre nuclear plant, the California Independent System Operator called on AES to convert two retired units…


Is Polygeneration the Future for Clean Coal?

With the coal-fired power sector facing potentially fatal regulations, some visionaries think the future is in generating not just power but a range of products from coal gasification. Getting there…


The Role of Activated Carbon in a Comprehensive MATS Strategy

Conventional wisdom suggests that coal-fired power plants employing selective catalytic reduction and a wet scrubber can comply with Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). Long-term testing at Southern Co. demonstrates…


Converting Sulfur from Flue Gas into Fertilizer

As environmental regulations tighten—both in the U.S. and around the world—coal-fired power plants continue to look for ways to operate economically. Though reuse and sale of coal combustion by-products has…


Be Prepared for Coal Ash Regulations

The ways of Washington are murky and slow, but once the Environmental Protection Agency finally finalizes its rules on coal combustion residuals, you’ll have to move fast to comply, so…


America Needs Continued Coal Use

Coal is currently the feedstock for nearly 40% of America’s baseload electricity supply, and in communities and states where coal has the highest utilization, utility bills are the lowest. With…


Adaptive Brush Seals Restore Air Preheater Performance

Air preheater (APH) leakage has several negative consequences, including lost revenue. A better design for APH seals has been shown to have several benefits over traditional metal strip seals, including…


Modern Polymeric Materials Offer Options for Equipment Repair

Continual development of polymer technology has enabled the creation of specialized coatings, which can offer excellent resistance to erosion, corrosion, and cavitation in hydroelectric equipment and pumps at any generating…


The Future of Utility Supply Chain Management

Utilities have sometimes lagged behind other sectors in applying advanced management techniques, but that may be changing as the industry recognizes the importance of lean, efficient supply chains.  There may…


Facing Challenges from Natural Disasters to Customers as Generators

In the process of developing both familiar and new conference tracks and sessions for ELECTRIC POWER 2014, Event Content Director David Wagman has identified a number of current and emerging…


Customized Storage Solution Improves Efficiency

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) operates four baseload plants in the state of Nebraska. In 1993, when the North Omaha Station added a new warehouse, OPPD sought help from Vidmar…


Practical Considerations for Converting Industrial Coal Boilers to Natural Gas

Increasing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restrictions pertaining to emissions from coal-fired power plants, the increasing cost of coal operations, and the decreasing cost of natural gas provide strong arguments for…


The LNG Export Debate: Lessons from Peru

What could a relatively small country in South America have to teach the U.S. about LNG exports? Maybe a lot, as 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of its natural gas…


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