POWER [July 1, 2016]

Cover Stories

Avoiding Wildlife Impacts from Renewable Energy in Europe

Courtesy: Ad Meskens/Wikimedia Commons Europe has been in the forefront of renewable energy development, and though the scientific research on wildlife impacts is limited, European environmentalists and developers are beginning…

Circulating Fluidized Bed Dry Scrubber Effectively Reduces Emissions

When owners of the Big Stone Plant researched air quality control system technology, they considered all available options and eventually settled on a design that was not in widespread use. Now that the

Emissions Catalyst Issues for Fast-Start Combined Cycle Power Plants

When gas-fired plants are required to cycle more than they were designed for, added stress on plant components isn’t the only consequence. You also need to pay closer attention to…

Evaluating the Use of CEMS for Accurate Heat Rate Monitoring and Reporting

Power plants are familiar with using continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) to monitor pollutants, but these devices also may be able to measure heat rate—which could be handy for future…

Generators Grapple with ELG Implementation

Plant wastewater treatment is not what it once was, and changes in the Environmental Protection Agency’s effluent limitations guidelines (ELG) have added a host of new wrinkles. A panel of…

Real-Time Environmental Data Integration Improves Air Quality Reporting

As power plant reporting requirements for emissions regulations increase in number and complexity, yesterday’s data collection and reporting systems can make the job harder than it needs to be. The…

Simplify MATS Compliance with Particulate Matter Continuous Emission Monitors

Now that power plant operators have some experience under their belts related to Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) compliance, it’s time to reevaluate the options for demonstrating compliance. Starting

Weighing the Environmental Impacts of Wind and Solar

Renewable generation is usually characterized as more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels, and in many respects, that’s true. But there is a growing recognition that solar and wind generation have…


Energy from Waste: Greenhouse Gas Winner or Pollution Loser?

Is waste-to-energy the best greenhouse gas fighter among electric generating technologies? Or do trash burners spew dangerous air emissions? The answer may be a surprise. What electricity-generating technology results in…

PRB Coal Users' Group Plant of the Year: Ameren's Rush Island Energy Center

Rush Island Energy Center has successfully fired Powder River Basin (PRB) coal for two decades, as proven by the plant’s excellent performance stats, dedication to minimizing its environmental footprint, and…

The Coal Refuse Dilemma: Burning Coal for Environmental Benefits

The niche alternative energy industry that generates power from hazardous piles of coal waste that litter the U.S. is facing an environmental Catch-22. The torrent of coal mined and processed in the U.S. since

Understanding and Mitigating Metallurgical Effects of Coal Blending and Switching

Fuel blending and switching has become the norm in response to regulatory and market forces, but many older boilers were designed for a particular fuel. Understanding the effects of different fuels on



China's Coal Industry: Status and Outlook

The years between 2002 and 2012 are called Golden Decade for the coal industry in China. After May 2012, the coal industry fell into depression. In the Golden Decade, a large amount of social capital inflow

Legal & Regulatory

Securing Pipeline Infrastructure for Gas-Fired Generation in New England

Increased reliance on natural gas as a fuel for electric generation has prompted regulatory reforms by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve coordination between the two industries. Many…

Focus on O&M

Boiler Tube Failure Thermohydraulic Analysis

Eskom operates 23 power stations in South Africa with a total capacity of more than 42 GW. It supplies about 95% of all the electricity used in the country. One…

Global Monitor

China's CAP1400 Clears IAEA Safety Assessment

China’s CAP1400—a reactor design based on Westinghouse’s AP1000 pressurized water reactor—has successfully passed the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) Generic Reactor Safety Review. The milestone is significant for China, which…

Employing Fuel Cells for Carbon Capture

Fuel cells are a rapidly expanding option for distributed generation, with fuel cell–based power plants now being deployed in capacities into tens of megawatts (see “59-MW Fuel Cell Park Opening Heralds

One of the World's Biggest Biomass-Fired CHP Plants Is Inaugurated

Fortum Värme, a company jointly owned by Finnish energy firm Fortum and the city of Stockholm on May 9 inaugurated a new biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant on…

POWER Digest

Fuel Loading Begins at Kudankulam 2. Nuclear Power Corp. of India (NPCIL) began loading the first of 163 fuel assemblies into the core of the second VVER-1000 reactor of the…

Rwanda's Power Production Triumph over a "Killer Lake"

Lake Kivu, the 1,040-square-mile “killer lake” that stretches over the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has long been a source of trepidation. Because it sits between two

TVA Submits Pioneering Application for SMR Early Site Permit

The first-ever early site permit (ESP) application for a small modular reactor (SMR) was submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) this May, marking a resurgence for the fledgling…

Speaking of Power

Power's Environmental Issues Then and Now

Discussions about environmental issues related to power plants and the regulations governing their operation are as old as the industry, I discovered while thumbing through the bound July through December…

GBR Reports