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Monthly Issue | April 1, 2022

Gas Power Outlook: Volatility and Viability

Natural gas generation’s future hinges on a precarious and exceptionally volatile set of issues that the conflict in Ukraine intensified. Experts from the full natural gas chain shed light on…


Australia’s Coal Conundrum: Economy, Climate at Odds

Coal has long been a lifeblood for Australia. The country is the world’s largest exporter of metallurgical coal used to make steel, and it’s the second-largest exporter of coal for…


Power Companies Must Plan to Deal with Climate Risks

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report at the end of February titled “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.” Among the warnings found in the 3,675-page…


Norway Setting Strategy for Offshore Wind

Offshore wind is big business in the North Sea, with dozens of wind power installations commissioned in the region over the past two decades. Norway, a country that gets 98%…


How to Complete Successful Power Projects Working with EPC Contractors

Power companies rely heavily on engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors to build new power facilities and keep old ones in top condition. However, some projects go smoother than others.…


Electrification Ignites Debate Over Future of Energy

Electrification—replacing fossil fuels with electricity to provide power—is a major part of the global effort toward decarbonization. It touches many sectors, and is sparking even more discussion about its impact…


Optical Continuous Emissions Monitoring for Combustion Turbine Systems
Asheville-Combined-Cycle-Station-Duke-Energy

Natural gas electrical generation has increased significantly in recent years due to its cost advantage and reduced carbon footprint relative to coal. Many utilities are shifting to natural gas as…


California and Oregon Sail Forward on Offshore Wind

The Biden administration in 2021 announced its goal of developing 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030. Deep water off the West Coast means that any wind energy generation…


Iceland Offers Case Study of Geothermal’s Powerful Potential

As more countries plan on achieving a green energy transition, Iceland offers guidance on how to effectively harness the power of geothermal. Imagining Iceland without geothermal energy would require turning…


Making Power Plants Purr or Putting Them to Sleep: Hard Equipment and Soft Tools

Maintenance equipment and tools have always been important for plant operators. In the early days, the tools were likely made entirely of iron and steel, copper and brass, lead, leather,…


Microgrids with Propane-Fueled Backup Systems Deliver Reliable, Resilient Power

With the increased value of distributed capacity in various energy markets, there is a growing demand for generators in microgrids, which are local energy systems that can be disconnected from…


Competition Is More Important Than Ever to Tackle Today’s Energy Challenges

As we commemorate another Earth Day this April, the challenges facing our energy systems and the environment seem more pressing than ever. Americans face continued economic uncertainty following the COVID-19…


Get in the Zone for Safety in Hazardous Areas

Hazardous area solutions from foreign suppliers may not be tested to the same standards as those in general use across the U.S. It’s essential to understand there is tremendous liability…


Prioritizing O&M in Early Stages of Project Design Yields Big Payoff

The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) system wanted to install solar power to save money on energy costs, reduce its carbon footprint, and demonstrate its commitment to sustainability for…


Experiencing the Power of Virtualization

While virtualization has been a trend in the information technology sector for some time, it is also becoming increasingly attractive for operational technology. An Austrian steel producer therefore decided to…


POWER Digest [April 2022]

Taiwan Suffers New Blackout. Another massive blackout hit major cities in Taiwan on the morning of March 3, causing disruptions in the capital Taipei, Hsinchu, and Kaohsiung in the south. State-run electricity…


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