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Monthly Issue | July 15, 2007

Third time the charm for unbiased open access?

  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued major rules that address for the third time "discrimination" issues remaining after FERC's 1996 landmark Order 888, which ushered in mandatory…


This month in POWER…

July 1886 POWER reported on the latest steam engine technology offered to the power generation market, this time by France. The Boulet engine (Figure 1) was described as a "French…


What’s that scrubber going to cost?

Even if you've never been in the market for a scrubber, you don't have to face management and vendors as a greenhorn. Thanks to the EUCG, you can enter meetings…


Dynamic classifiers improve pulverizer performance and more

No one in this industry underestimates the difficulty of transforming an unwieldy and distinctly nonuniform substance like coal into a fuel whose physical and chemical characteristics are consistent enough to…


Safety, compliance, and then production maximizes bottom line

A safe work environment is not an unreasonable expectation for every type and class of worker. From the laborer digging a trench to the office engineer to the site manager—all…


The bumpy road to federal carbon dioxide caps

In January and February, members of the U.S. Congress introduced with great fanfare a dozen comprehensive carbon cap-and-trade bills that compete with each other to impose the most stringent standards…


Navigating a carbon-constrained world

Scientific debate on the validity of global warming science continues, but the issue has yet had little impact on individuals. That impact is being negotiated in Washington, where a regulatory…


Finding and fixing leakage within combined HP-IP steam turbines: Part I

Most preventive and predictive maintenance practices for steam turbines focus on keeping lube oil pure, vibration levels under control, and all inlet and non-return valves ready to stroke at a…


Westar’s Lawrence Energy Center wins for not blinking on safety

One of the highlights of this year's Power Plant Awards Banquet, held the night before the kickoff of the ELECTRIC POWER 2007 Conference ' Exhibition, was the presentation of the…


Cogeneration qualifying facilities warrant extended contracts

Congress's enactment of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) triggered a revolution in the development and construction of power plants. PURPA's creation of an independent class of…


Focus on O&M (July 2007) 

NUCLEAR PLANT OVERHAUL Hydro-demolition speeds reactor dome entry Replacements of the steam generators (SGs) of nuclear power plants have become commonplace since the first one was completed 25 years ago.…


Global Monitor (July 2007) 

Pistachio plant gives new meaning to green Now you can feel really green about those tasty green pistachio snacks. Paramount Farms in California's agriculture-rich Central Valley, billing itself as the…


Just say no to power poaching

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the authority to override state and local opposition to the construction of interstate transmission lines if the…


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