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Power


Monthly Issue | April 15, 2008

ELECTRIC POWER 2008 offers access to the latest products and services

Innoveyor™ Inc. offers titanium-enriched polyvinylchloride (PVC) idler rolls, which are heavy-duty, lightweight rolls, branded YeloRoll® due to their color. The t-PVC-based YeloRoll exceeds CEMA D standards. In snow and ice,…


The aging workforce: Panic is not a strategy

Most top utility managers treat their aging workforce problem (Figure 1) as either a retention or a recruitment crisis. If they focus on retention, they may respond to the demographic…


Castejon 2: Ready to reign in Spain

Spain, the fifth-largest electricity market in the European Union, expects annual demand growth of about 3.5% over the next five years. At the same time, the country is committed to…


Time to get serious about security

For power plants, the unintended consequence of “going digital” is dealing with cyber security. Almost everything that makes today’s distributed control systems (DCSs) and software so powerful, convenient, and cost-effective…


Turbine technology maturity: A shifting paradigm

Determining the relevance of power generation equipment’s field experience requires special expertise and dedicated research. The continuing evolution of technology, manufacturing processes, and quality control techniques demands updating the old…


Developing the next generation of reactors

In any technology-based business, after its scientists unlock nature’s secrets, its engineers use that knowledge to design new products that we eventually can’t live without. Without scientists, there are no…


New coal plant technologies will demand more water

Drought conditions across the Southeast have begun affecting power plant operations. According to the Associated Press, 24 of America’s 104 nuclear reactors are in areas now experiencing the most severe…


Super Tuesday, Super Bowl XLII, and the nukes

The convergence was too obvious to ignore. February 5, 2008, political Super Tuesday, saw voters in 24 states make their choices for Republican and Democratic nominees for president. Sen. John…


Regulators should stop playing the greed card

In early February, Western GeoPower (WGP) announced its termination of a 20-year geothermal power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E). A WGP press release explains that…


Focus on O&M (April 2008)

WATER TREATMENT Tag-teamed seawater cleanup The scarcity of water resources is causing big problems in China, both directly and indirectly. The lack of potable water directly impairs the health and well-being…


Economies of connection

The advent of the Smart Grid will bring a new driver for value creation to the electric power industry: economies of connection. In the future, the Smart Grid may offer…


Global Monitor (April 2008)

Tenaska proposes first new coal-fired plant with carbon capture Tenaska Inc. is developing a site near Sweetwater, Texas, for a new 765-MW gross, 600-MW net supercritical coal-fired power plant that…


Reducing gridlock

  North America’s electricity grid has been described as the world’s most complex machine. The grid is unique among utility infrastructure systems for its need to have supply and demand—generation…


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