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Power


Monthly Issue | May 15, 2008

Smart Grid requires clearing mental gridlock

In mid-2006, a Google search of the term “Smart Grid” generated around 2,000 responses. The same search this past month yielded more than 500,000 hits from a wide variety of…


A new wave: Ocean power

Twice a day, 115 billion tons of saltwater churn in and out of the Bay of Fundy, a funnel-shaped pocket of the Atlantic Ocean wedged between the Canadian provinces of…


Boulder to be first “Smart Grid City”

Just as the Internet changed the way we communicate, so will the “smart grid” transform the way we deliver electricity. The Internet’s success is largely due to its networking capabilities.…


Making PM systems sweat the small stuff

As new power plants have become harder to permit, maintaining the performance of plants that some would consider past their prime has become more important than ever. Like a vintage…


Cation conductivity monitoring: A reality check

The operators of a new combined-cycle plant being run in two-shift mode (on 16 hours, off 8) had become used to the cation conductivity sample of the condensate pump discharge…


Future of national mercury rule now uncertain

As the baseball great Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” On February 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed the Clean Air…


Regulating wind power into a dispatchable resource

“As California goes, so goes the nation” is one way to describe how the Golden State often sets trends in pop culture and the larger culture. It also applies to…


Why RPS programs may raise renewable energy prices

Until very recently, common wisdom held that the price of renewable energy would fall as legislative procurement mandates ensured its long-term demand. The resulting growth in supply and sales would…


Focus on O&M (May 2008)

TRENDS Retail Competition This “nuts and bolts” department doesn’t usually feature a conference report. But the one we’re including in this issue is about a unique conference: KEMA’s annual Executive…


Global Monitor (May 2008)

National Grid divested of Ravenswood London-based National Grid plc will sell Ravenswood Generating Station (Figure 1), a facility in Queens, N.Y., that provides more than 20% of New York City’s…


Guns and Moses

Charlton Heston’s legacy will surely rest on his iconic performance as Moses in The Ten Commandments and his unwavering support of the Second Amendment. I had the privilege of watching…


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