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Monthly Issue | April 30, 2014

Coal and Nuclear Nearly Invisible at Platts Global Power Markets

Gas, wind, and solar are it for any new generation in North America for the next five to 10 years (with a few one-offs), speakers at this year’s Platts Global…


Energy Storage Technologies Primer

Though often lumped together under the term “energy storage,” the field is in fact a wide range of technologies ranging from well established to speculative, each with different functions, advantages,…


What to Watch for in EPA Carbon Regulations for Existing Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose first-of-a-kind greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits for existing power plants by June 2014. The EPA will do so under a…


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Not Our Only Problem

With all the recent scientific studies, media coverage, and policy decisions about reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, one might think that the emissions issue is the only challenge that results…


Disruptions vs. Status Quo

There’s been a lot of talk in the past couple of years about “disruption” to the long-established status quo in the electric utility and power generation sector. But I would…


Balancing Renewables with Li-ion Energy Storage

Li-ion energy storage systems are being deployed around the world to balance output from wind and solar, and the first grid-scale projects are demonstrating the technology’s impressive potential.  The inherently…


Critical Path: Getting Your Outage Ducks in a Row

Productive maintenance turnarounds are vital to long, successful online periods. Getting the work done quickly and properly takes more than just luck. Good planning and excellent communication can lead to…


Fuel-Flexible CFBs Add Flexibility to Resource Plans

The downward trend in solid fuel quality has negatively affected many power generators that rely on imported fuels. For others, this represents a market opportunity. A quick survey of recent…


Utility Biomass Use: Turning Over a New Leaf?

Once thought to be an excellent method for reducing emissions at coal power plants, biomass generation is still underutilized in the U.S. Inexpensive natural gas, lack of government incentives, and…


Despite Challenges, India Banks on Renewable Energy

Wind and solar energy in India were once considered among the most exciting growth industries in the world, but policy uncertainty and abrupt changes in the macroeconomic framework governing the…


David Crane and the Coming Electric Utility Apocalypse

The hyperbole in the headline comes not from the author but from those nipping at the heels of the traditional electric utility industry. Hyperbole aside, several recent and likely future…


UK Struggles to Attract Low-Carbon Investment

Inflation-busting retail electricity price rises are doing little to encourage the power plant investment Britain needs to keep the lights on. Offshore wind projects are stumbling as technical and financial…


The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride

After operating on the sidelines for years, the energy storage sector is finally poised to begin making its mark, driven by greater policy support and technological advances that have begun…


India’s Nuclear Liability Law: Breakthrough for Russia, Stalemate Endures for U.S.

India and Russia on Apr. 1 said they had devised a significant deal that will allow the first import of nuclear reactors in India, despite India’s 2010-passed nuclear liability law…


Are Large Dams Unviable?

After a lull that spanned nearly two decades, a hoard of new massive hydropower projects are being developed around the world. Some, like the 11.2-GW Belo Monte dam in Brazil,…


POWER Digest (May 2014)

Netherlands to Ban Financing of Coal Plants Abroad. The Netherlands on Mar. 24 joined an initiative of the U.S., the UK, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden to reach a…


59-MW Fuel Cell Park Opening Heralds Robust Global Technology Future

The 59-MW Gyeonggi Green Energy fuel cell park (Figure 3) in South Korea’s Hwasung City—one of the world’s largest fuel cell facilities—began operation in February. The five-acre facility built by…


Himalayan Run-of-River Project Depends on New Component Types

The Himalayan Mountains tower over some of the most rugged terrain and harshest climate conditions on the planet. Melting snows from Mount Everest, K2, and hundreds of other snow-capped peaks…


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