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Monthly Issue | March 15, 2008

ELECTRIC POWER celebrates 10th anniversary in Baltimore

ELECTRIC POWER 2008, the world's most comprehensive conference covering power generation, will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Baltimore Convention Center from May 6 through May 8. A full agenda…


Extend EOH tracking to the entire plant

Combined-cycle plant operators have always recorded how long and often their gas and steam turbines have run and used that data to schedule overhauls and maintenance. Whether the metric used…


Benefits of evaporating FGD purge water

In coal-fired power stations, flue gas desulfurization (FGD) is used to “scrub” most of the sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the gas. FGD is often performed using a wet process in…


Desuperheating valves take the heat

The cascading bypass system is perhaps the most common design for managing high-pressure steam in a combined-cycle plant. It is the hot reheat (HRH) bypass valve actuator that defines the…


Wireless technologies connect two LCRA plants

Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA's) Lost Pines Power Park (LPPP) is located in central Texas, 30 miles southeast of Austin. The site hosts two separate facilities that provide distinctly different…


Maintaining water sample panels improves plant availability

Sample and analysis panels are on the front lines of the constant battle to detect power plant water chemistry problems. However, at many plants, operators have low confidence in the…


How to make a power plant a welcome neighbor

When asked to imagine a power plant, most people's mental images don't include families dangling fishing poles into cooling ponds or kids moving among educational displays that explain alternative forms…


Congress failed to deliver a green Christmas

  Renewable power proponents exuded great confidence as the U.S. Congress approached its near-annual end-of-year task of extending the production tax credit (PTC) for wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal power…


Focus on O&M (March 2008)

GRID RELIABILITY New CIP standards leave questions unanswered This January, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 706 approving a set of eight reliability standards for critical infrastructure…


Global Monitor (March 2008)

What a difference a month makes. No sooner did the FutureGen Alliance announce its long-awaited decision about the location of the zero-emissions demonstration plant than the DOE did an abrupt…


Conservation and the law of the jungle

—Dr. Robert Peltier, PE Editor-in-Chief Ever wonder why many utilities receive so little respect from the public? In America, open competition requires every business to earn customers' trust before making…


Markets, not government, must set energy prices

By J. Bennett Johnston It is fashionable these days for policymakers, particularly those running for office, to somberly suggest that America needs an energy policy—thus implying that America has no…


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