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Monthly Issue | August 15, 2008

The EPA’s blueprint for disaster

Opponents of massive new energy taxes and regulations breathed a small sigh of relief in June when the Lieberman-Warner climate-tax bill went down in flames on the Senate floor. Even…


Marmaduke straightens a chimney

Motorists driving along Interstate Highway 83 usually turned their heads for an instant as they zoomed passed Cloverville, Pennsylvania. Their attention was attracted by the tall, square brick chimney that…


Oh Canada! B.C. ratifies North America’s first carbon tax

Virtually every American news organization, industry pundit, and blogger was preoccupied with the recent U.S. Senate debate of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (L-W) that proposed to reduce carbon emissions…


Field application of compressor coatings saves big dollars

Turbine compressors historically have been coated as an afterthought. Initially, silicone aluminum paint and diffused nickel cadmium were the only coatings available for application to both rotating components and vanes/cases.…


How to solve the used nuclear fuel storage problem

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) extended forecast of electricity consumption requirements—as shaped by demographic trends, migration patterns, and population growth—suggests a 40% increase from current levels by 2030. To…


Condensate polishers add operating reliability and flexibility

Condensate polishers are resin-based ion exchange systems that are commonly used in power plant condensate systems to remove dissolved contaminants (chlorides and silica) and suspended contaminants (iron or copper oxide…


Lamar Repowering Project’s creative melding of old and new wins Marmaduke Award

The ultimate power plant maintenance effort is a repowering project. This year’s Marmaduke Award winner demonstrates that sometimes the most creative solutions to repowering projects can be achieved by small…


Wisconsin Public Service Corp.’s Weston 4 earns POWER’s highest honor

Big returns frequently require big risks. But taking carefully calculated risks increases the odds of winning, as the construction of Wisconsin Public Service Corp.’s 595-MW (gross) Weston 4 demonstrates. Weston…


Reality bites California GHG plan

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recently issued its long-awaited draft Climate Change Scoping Plan (Draft Plan) for implementing Assembly Bill (AB) 32, California’s ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-reduction initiative.…


Focus on O&M (August 2008)

COOLING TOWERS Assess your cooling tower's condition The aggressive operating environment that cooling towers are subjected to can accelerate their deterioration in many unexpected ways. This article explores how the following…


Global Monitor (August 2008)

Australia considers seabed sequestration legislation If the Australian Parliament passes legislation that was introduced by the minister of resources and energy in mid-June, the country could have the world’s first…


The man with a plan

I haven’t always been a supporter of former President Jimmy Carter’s politics, but I did vote for him, mainly because we shared the Navy experience and he was educated as…


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