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Monthly Issue | April 15, 2007

At CERA Week 2007, most life was carbon-based

Daniel Yergin, founder and CEO of Cambridge Energy Associates (CERA), is among the best at connecting the dots of the energy industry's past and turning them into a coherent picture…


Blades, better than new

Most combustion turbine owners and operators hope that replacement parts will simply duplicate the performance and reliability of the original. That's not good enough for Eastern Technical Services (www.etspower.com), which…


SO3’s impacts on plant O&M: Part III

The visible consequences of sulfuric acid aerosol emissions—opaque stack emissions called "blue plumes"—are merely the tip of an iceberg. In sufficient concentration, SO3 also can increase corrosion and fouling of…


Utilities surpass other industries in asset maintenance practices

Good quality benchmarking data are hard to come by unless you are part of an organization like the EUCG (www.eucg.org) or write a big check to a consulting firm that…


Getting to the root of lube oil degradation problems

The objective of a root cause analysis (RCA) is to identify what happened, why it happened, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. RCA entails examining…


Adding cathodic protection to a hyperbolic tower

Hyperbolic cooling towers remove heat from power plant condensers using natural draft. Air rises through the center of the tower, and hot water is discharged as a spray in the…


Exploring the many carbon capture options

It has been more than 10 years since the first commercial carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration system motivated by greenhouse gas reduction was placed into service. In 1991, Norway…


Charlie Brown, nukes, and the football

At the Platts Third Annual Nuclear Conference in Washington this February, most of the several hundred participants were extremely enthusiastic about the long-stalled future of U.S. nuclear power. During the…


How direct access would improve electricity supply

  The debate over retail choice has resurfaced, triggering in the minds of many consumer advocates California's failed deregulation attempt and its fallout—rolling blackouts, bankrupt utilities, and government bailouts with…


Focus on O&M  (April 2007)

EMISSIONS CONTROL Control pollution and slagging on a shoestring A patented twist on an old technique, flue gas recirculation (FGR), helps prevent slagging in the upper furnace and convective pass.…


Full-service utilities prove their value

During the past year, the debate over the structure of the nation's electricity systems has continued at a steady clip. It seems that almost every month a new study or…


This month in POWER…

April 1884 POWER reported on the latest offering from Philadelphia-based Southwark Foundry and Machine Co. (Figure 1) as its lead story. "This is a self-contained, high speed auto­matic cut-off engine.…


Global Monitor (April 2007)

Npower plans big coal plant in UK Npower, the British generation subsidiary of German energy giant RWE, is planning to build a 1,600-MW supercritical coal-fired plant to replace an existing…


Nuclear ambitions

Ten years ago, any self-respecting U.S. utility executive might have been drawn and quartered for publicly promoting a nuclear power revival. How times have changed. Today, more than half of…


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