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Power


Monthly Issue | July 15, 2008

Tapping seafloor volcanic vents

The attraction of renewable energy sources is that nature continuously replenishes them. As fuels, they may not be infinitely renewable or completely environmentally benign, but they all have one thing…


Not a quarter’s worth of difference

Here’s a political quiz. Match the quotation with the candidate (answers are at the end of this article): 1. “I think nuclear power has to be part of our energy…


Digital technology spawns need for configuration management

The human nervous system is one of the most complex systems in the human body. Though the nerves and brain are small in comparison with the mass of bones and…


New strategies for conquering environmental challenges

No doubt some power plant engineers feel that tackling environmental problems is a lot like dealing with the Hydra, the ancient mythological serpent monster with multiple heads. When an attacker…


PRB Coal Users’ Group enjoys growing interest in its concerns

The 2008 Powder River Basin Coal Users’ Group (PRBCUG) set new records for attendance again this year with more than 400 registered members for the three-and-a-half-day event, 268 of whom…


A race for winning reactor designs and approvals

A week before the Preakness and two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, it was an atomic horse race in Baltimore. Reactor vendors trotted out their technologies at the ELECTRIC POWER…


Carbon Constraint Conference: Dealing with the climate change conundrum

“Once it’s enacted, the impact of climate change legislation on the electric power industry will be ten times bigger than that of the Clean Air Act,” said Dan Adamson, an…


Woods and power company CEOs agree: “The state of the industry is cautious”

It is rare indeed to witness, at an otherwise staid industry forum, the public rebuke of the country’s most prominent supplier to the electric power industry. But at the Keynote…


Options for reducing a coal-fired plant’s carbon footprint, Part II

A conventional coal plant’s CO2 emissions can be reduced either after combustion (see Part I of this article in POWER, June 2008) or before. In the latter case, typified by…


Luminant’s Big Brown Plant wins for continuous improvement and safety programs

I have a confession to make. When I heard that Big Brown had been selected as the PRB Coal Users' Group (PRBCUG) 2008 Plant of the Year, my first thoughts were of…


Generation next: Strategies for recruiting younger workers

The recent upsurge in baby boomer retirements is giving electric utility industry leaders high blood pressure. The number of power industry workers who were born between 1946 and 1964 and…


Climate change: Policy via litigation?

By Steven F. Greenwald and Jeffrey P. Gray David Crane, the CEO of NRG Energy, was recently quoted in a widely disseminated publication as saying: “It is a moral imperative…


Focus on O&M (July 2008) 

ELECTRICAL SAFETY Protection against arc flash more important than ever Arc flash may be the greatest—yet least understood—danger in today’s power plant. Its danger is not just the risk of electrocution…


Global Monitor (July 2008)

Thirty years after the U.S. government began assessing if a remote ridge in the Mojave Desert 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nev., was suitable for the nation’s first permanent…


Kilowatt-hour tax is fairest approach

By Jim Rogers, Duke Energy Corp. The climate change debate has been dramatized in movies, on Hollywood’s red carpets, and in documentaries featuring melting ice caps. The collective effect is…


It’s all about power

—Dr. Robert Peltier, PE Editor-in-Chief The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (L-W) that proposes to cut carbon emissions by two-thirds by 2050 was delivered stillborn on the Senate floor in early…


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