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Monthly Issue | April 1, 2014

EEI Report: Investment in Transmission Infrastructure Set to Soar

Investor-owned electric utility companies spent $14.8 billion in 2012 to upgrade transmission infrastructure, and investments in 2013 and 2014 are expected to soar even more, peaking at about $17.5 billion,…


THE BIG PICTURE: Next-Gen Nuclear


Using Spent EV Batteries for Grid Storage

One of the world’s first power storage systems employing used electric vehicle (EV) batteries began operating on Japan’s Yumeshima Island in Osaka this February. The 600 kW/400 kWh system developed…


Generation of Vestas 8-MW Offshore Wind Prototype Begins

The crown for the world’s most powerful operating wind turbine was transferred this January to Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, as its first 8-MW prototype began generating power at the…


Photo Essay: Ivanpah CSP Plant Inauguration

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station was inaugurated on Feb. 13 in California. Our news story on the launch included several photos, but below are additional shots of the world’s…


Federal Cybersecurity Framework Calls for Increased Vigilance

The energy industry, already familiar with the latest iteration of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards, should take note: Meeting those standards may…


How Competitive Are You?

I spent the week before this issue went to press at IHS Energy’s CERAWeek in Houston, listening and talking to many of the attendees representing 55 countries during the annual…


Energy Systems Integration: Innovative Solutions for an Integrated World

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading innovation in Energy Systems Integration (ESI) research. ESI is a comprehensive strategy that brings together many energy…


Momentum for Turkey’s Nuclear Ambitions

After decades of planning, Turkey may finally see the first four reactors at the Akkuyu nuclear plant completed by 2023. The country has had plans to establish nuclear power generation…


POWER Digest

Second Nuclear Unit in Northeast China Begins Operation. The second nuclear unit at the Hongyanhe plant (Hongyanhe-2) in northeast China’s Liaoning Province entered commercial operation on Feb. 25. Construction of…


EPRI and Luminant Collaborate to Create Common Understanding of Cybersecurity Requirements

A collaborative effort between the Electric Power Research Institute and the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant confirms that vendors and nuclear plant owners who understand and address cybersecurity requirements up…


About That Gas-Fired Power Boom…

The U.S. gas market served up an emphatic reminder of its traditional volatility this winter, as unusually severe weather sent regional spot prices spiraling to record highs. Despite the boom…


Nuclear Plant Closings: What About the Workers?

Power plant jobs have typically come with a sense of security—after all, everyone needs electricity. But in today’s generating environment, even workers at nuclear plants are finding their positions are…


Worldwide Nuclear Commerce: Good News and Bad News

Estimates of new worldwide nuclear capacity by 2050 span an order of magnitude: from 67 GW to 740 GW. Regardless of the actual capacity built, it represents a decent chunk…


Advanced Cooling and Water Treatment Technology Concepts for Power Plants

Worldwide awareness of the need to minimize freshwater use for power generation—while minimizing energy penalties—is growing. The Electric Power Research Institute is involved in several programs that are developing innovative…


Australia’s Carbon Policy Predicament

Australia and the U.S. have much in common in terms of energy resources, but Australia’s attempt to mirror the European Union’s climate policies has challenged its power sector. On the…


What You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Control System

Many power plants have a distributed control system nearing the end of its useful life. Here’s how to determine when to replace it—and how to plan the upgrade project.  Power…


Safety Is Not an Accident

The safety and security of employees remains the number one priority for every utility, public and private, not only because workers have the right to a safe workplace but also…


Drones Promise Faster, Easier Inspection of Boilers, Stacks, Towers, and More

Boiler inspection is tricky work that most plant staff wish they could avoid. Now they may get their wish. Unmanned craft can provide faster access to high-quality, real-time visual inspection.…


UK Uses “Lead and Learn” Strategy for Magnox Reactor Fleet Decommissioning

Energy policy responses to the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima site, changing economics, and aging first-generation nuclear infrastructure are all contributing to what promises to be a sizeable wave of…


Japan’s Energy Policy Still Murky Three Years After Fukushima

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in late February announced details of its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima crisis three years ago, and it suggests that…


3D-Printed Turbine Replacement Parts Could Cut Repair Times by 90%

3D metal printing is still an experimental process in nearly all industries, used primarily for prototypes and test products. But if Siemens and GE have their way, it will soon…


3D Visualization Could Benefit Plant Inspection Programs

Taking a cue from the petrochemical sector, power plants may be on the cusp of applying high-fidelity 3D models of the as-built plant environment to streamline flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC) and…


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