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Monthly Issue | June 1, 2014

THE BIG PICTURE: Power Plus


Shining a Light on South Africa’s Power Plans

South Africa's critical power situation has been the subject of much talk and speculation since 2008, when the country experienced its first electricity crisis after enjoying a surplus of cheap…


Who’s Talking About Climate Change?

Everyone, it seems. From Bloomberg Businessweek to Rolling Stone, from ELECTRIC POWER (EP) to Platts Global Power Markets conferences, this spring everyone was talking about climate change. The topic is…


China Starts Construction of HTR Demonstration Plant

Construction of China’s first high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTR) demonstration plant kicked off this April after pouring of concrete for the basemat of the Generation IV reactor was completed. Though approved…


Europe Moves to Phase Out Renewable Subsidies

New rules adopted by the European Commission (EC) in April will gradually phase out renewable energy subsidies that currently bolster the European Union’s (EU’s) €48-billion-a-year clean energy industry. The rules…


POWER Digest (June 2014)

Australia Releases Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper. Australia’s Ministry of Environment on April 24 released its Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) White Paper, formally setting out the final design of the…


NYISO Opens Smart Control Center

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) this April replaced its 44-year-old primary power control center with a state-of-the-art facility in Rensselaer County that is outfitted with digital monitoring technologies…


Power Sector Link to Water Is Deep, Complex

The interlinkages between water and energy are complex and run deep, warns a United Nations (UN) World Water Development water and energy–themed report released this March. As global water demand…


New Enclosure Solution Enables Remote Monitoring of Battery Backup Systems

With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46 GW of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Co. has doubled the size of its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system in the past…


Robust Bearings Tested for Brazil’s Belo Monte Hydro Project

Brazil’s Belo Monte hydropower project includes a complex of dams, numerous dikes, and a series of canals supplying two different power stations with water. With a rated capacity of 11,233…


FERC Takes First Steps in Harmonizing Gas and Electricity Markets

After two years of work, about a dozen conferences and meetings, and multiple rounds of comments, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced on Mar. 20 that it was ready…


Site-Specific Factors Are Critical for Compliance with Final 316(b) Existing Facilities Rule

The long-awaited “cooling water” rule for existing power plants is also one of the most complicated when it comes to determining a cost-effective compliance approach. Though the promised flexibility of…


Introduction to NERC CIP Version 5

Even if your generating facility was exempt from previous versions of NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection standards, the latest version dramatically steps up the number of facilities encompassed, so the odds…


Identifying CIP Version 5 Assets in Generation

The latest version of Critical Infrastructure Protection standards applies to different facilities and assets than previous versions, so the first, critical step in compliance is to determine which facilities and…


When Old Systems Meet New Realities: Adding Security Controls to Generating Plants

Whether or not your power plant falls under the new Critical Infrastructure Protection standards (and many more will than in the past), you should be adding security controls. Here are…


Managing the Changing Profile of a Combined Cycle Plant

Whether it’s market forces or other factors leading to a change in operating mode, going from baseload to flexible operation places substantial new stresses on a plant and its staff.…


Recent Innovations from Gas Turbine and HRSG OEMs

Demand for natural gas–fired power plants is perhaps more intense than it’s ever been. That means a big market to serve, and new opportunities for innovation. The major manufacturers are…


HECO Successfully Cofires Biofuel as No. 6 Oil Substitute

The Hawaiian Electric Co. has conducted a full-scale demonstration test of a sustainable biofuel at its 90-MW Kahe Unit 3, located on the island of Oahu. HECO is committed to…


New Technology Is Key to Recruiting New Power Workforce

With so many career options to choose from, what can the power generation industry do to draw young people into the fold? Well, if you visit a modern educational institution,…


Lessons in Resiliency and Risk

Keynote presentations at ELECTRIC POWER 2014 focused on new threats to power generators that range from climate change to a business environment that includes increasing numbers of large customer-generators. The…


Veterans Bring Needed Skills to the Utility Industry

As reports abound about the aging workforce in U.S. power plants, ex-military personnel offer battle-tested dependability and proven leadership to an industry in need of their skills.  We all know…


The Word for Gas Is “Flexibility”

As an ever-changing power mix and growing renewable contributions challenge grid stability, flexible gas generation looks to be more important than ever, panelists at ELECTRIC POWER 2014 reported.  With the…


Fuel Flexibility Is the Gift That Keeps Giving

Against the backdrop of low-priced natural gas and increasing renewable capacity, finding ways to stay competitive as operating costs continue to rise at coal-fired power plants is getting increasingly difficult.…


The Dynamic Challenge of Integrating Variable Resources

All aspects of system operations are tested by unique challenges as more variable energy resources are connected to the grid.  The share of non-hydro renewables in total U.S. power generation…


Just Hop on the Bus, Gus: 13 Ways to Hack a Power Plant

Have you done anything today to put your power plant at risk of attack? Are you sure? Even if you think that plant security isn’t your job, it is. Forty…


MISO Prepares for Hurricane Season

As hurricane season begins this year, utilities across the Gulf Coast will have a new partner as they work to keep the lights on after extreme weather events. Starting in…


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