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Monthly Issue | June 1, 2020

T-Point 2 Is a Proving Ground for Gas Turbine Advancements
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It may be unusual to recognize a demonstration facility with POWER’s Plant of the Year award, but T-Point 2 is a remarkable unit that is poised to change the way…


A Multi-Layered Reinvention: AES Southland Projects

Recognizing excellence in creative problem-solving to give a project new life and a new role, POWER magazine’s 2020 Reinvention Award goes to two gas-fired power plant construction projects completed simultaneously…


Rethinking Wastewater Treatment for Better FGD Economics

POWER’s 2020 Water Award goes to Saltworks Technologies for successfully piloting a novel application of a 50-year-old technology at a coal plant. The company’s solution promises to slash costs of…


Smart Neighborhood Wins Smart Grid Award
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Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood integrates a microgrid into a community filled with high-performance homes containing energy-efficient systems and connected appliances. The innovative initiative, which includes solar panels, battery storage, and…


Company’s Mission: A Clean Energy Building, and Living Laboratory

Embracing sustainability is more than a slogan for Delta Electronics (Americas); it’s defined by the company’s headquarters building. The site incorporates Delta’s own technologies to promote energy efficiency and the…


Power Project Provides Shelter from the Storm

Dozens of microgrids are deployed at schools across Puerto Rico, bringing reliable, resilient power to the island. The project, featuring solar plus storage, is an important part of the region’s…


THE BIG PICTURE: Pandemic Impact on Demand

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a macroeconomic shock that is unprecedented in peacetime. By the end of the first quarter, its effects on global power demand were deep, the International…


Fusion Energy Is Coming, and Maybe Sooner Than You Think
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The joke about fusion energy is that it’s 30 years away and always will be. But significant recent advances in fusion science and technology could potentially put the first fusion…


COVID-19 Makes for an Interesting Summer Peak Season
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It’s peak season for the U.S. power industry. While actual dates may vary from one utility to another, generally the summer peak period spans from Memorial Day (May 25 this…


Industry to Explore Decentralized Nuclear Waste Disposal

Efforts to explore whether it is feasible to permanently dispose of high-level nuclear waste in deep horizontal boreholes under next-generation nuclear reactor sites got a boost in late April as…


Renewables Gain Investors as Some Flee Oil, Gas, and Coal

The global crash of prices for crude oil, on top of a prolonged slump in the price of natural gas, is taking a toll on the oil and gas sector.…


Record-Low Solar Prices Drive Middle East Projects

Abu Dhabi Power Corp. (ADPower) in late April announced what it called the lowest-ever cost-competitive tariff for a solar photovoltaic (PV) project, a few months after a project in Dubai…


POWER Digest [June 2020]

SGRE Signs Deal for O&M on Wind Turbines. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured a long-term, 20-year contract to provide full-scope operation and maintenance (O&M) services for a 135-MW…


Filed Rate Doctrine: A Powerful Tool in Energy Litigation

The regulatory landscape for the energy industry has changed significantly in the past few decades, but a century-old Supreme Court canon—the filed rate doctrine—continues to be a valuable tool for…


Coal to Gas—Medical Campus Gets a Generation Transformation

When a hospital’s primary mission is keeping people healthy, what happens when a power plant gets sick? That was the situation that faced the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC) when…


BACNet Protocol Can Change Energy Storage Industry

The growth of the energy storage industry in the past few years has been huge, and the sector is expected to add another 2 GW of capacity in 2020. In…


How Our Current Power Grid Is Failing Us
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As coal prices fluctuate and regulations increase, utilities are phasing out dirty coal sources. With renewable energy like solar and wind set to become the fastest-growing sources of electricity generation…


Waste-to-Energy Strategies Are Not Dead
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Few waste-to-energy (WTE) plants have been completed in the U.S. since the mid 1990s, but the story is different around the world, where WTE technology is seen as a suitable…


Equipment Showcase: Construction Equipment

Construction equipment is a critical part of the power generation industry, as new facilities are built and older facilities are upgraded to enhance efficiency and comply with evolving regulations. The…


Executing Successful Projects with Reality Capture Technology

Standard general arrangement drawings, and piping and instrumentation diagrams, serve a purpose, but they are not ideal records for as-built project documentation. 3D reality capture offers a better, more-useful tool…


Assembling a Skilled Workforce in 2020 and Beyond
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Many companies say their employees are their greatest assets, yet they don’t all invest the time or resources necessary to find the best people for open positions. Creating a sound…


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