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Monthly Issue | September 1, 2010

Feed-in-Tariffs Around the World

Feed-in-tariffs (FITs)—above-retail rates paid for renewable power that producers "feed" into the grid—are gaining momentum all over the world as a means of driving project growth. Here are some of…


Industry Trends: Map of Natural Gas Generation in North America

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All-in-One Gas Detection System

Industrial health and safety equipment manufacturer Sensidyne released the SensAlarm Plus, an all-in-one gas detection system for monitoring oxygen, toxic, and combustible gases. The system functions as a single transmitter…


Innovative Fire Extinguisher Mount

Poly Performance’s newly launched Quick Release Fire Extinguisher Mount offers an innovative way to safely mount a fire extinguisher to any flat or round surface. The mount can be secured…


Ultra-Low-NOx Burner

Hamworthy Peabody Combustion introduced the ECOjet ultra-low-NOx burner. Offering ultra-low burner nitrogen oxide capacities (<30 parts per million) with little or no flue gas recirculation, the burner can be used…


U.S. Gas-Fired Power Development: Last Man Standing

In 2010, U.S. wind power development has slowed, coal-fired power development remained stalled, and the much-awaited renaissance of nuclear power took a few tentative steps forward. That left natural gas…


Bulk Storage Could Optimize Renewable Energy

A defining challenge for the U.S. electricity industry is to economically integrate renewable energy facilities into grid operations without sacrificing reliability. Bulk energy storage options are commercially proven technologies that…


The Feed-in Tariff Factor

Most countries are trying to increase the percentage of their electricity supply that comes from renewable sources. But because capital costs for renewable generation still, in most cases, are higher…


Taming Condenser Tube Leaks, Part I

Summer peaks are still with us, and every unit on your system must be prepared to operate at a moment’s notice. Spot power prices are so high that you expect…


Flexible Turbine Operation Is Vital for a Robust Grid

Renewable electricity generation has many environmental advantages, but adding large amounts of far-flung renewable resources to a grid requires increased operating flexibility from dispatchable generators when the wind doesn’t blow…


Top Plant: West County Energy Center, Palm Beach County, Florida

The 3,600-MW West County Energy Center, with two recently commissioned power blocks and a third just entering start-up, is the first “greenfield” combined-cycle plant constructed by FPL since the 1970s.…


Top Plant: Timelkam Power Plant Vöcklabruck District, Upper Austria, Austria

Now that the 412-MW Timelkam Power Plant has replaced a 47-year-old coal-fired power plant located in the Vöcklabruck District, northern Austrians can bid auf wiedersehen (goodbye) to high levels of…


Top Plant: Sloe Centrale Power Plant, Vlissingen-Oost, Zeeland Province, Netherlands

There’s nothing slow about the fast-track operations at the new 870-MW Sloe Centrale Power Plant. The combined-cycle plant is designed for 250 starts per year and is capable of supplying…


Top Plant: Ras Laffan Power and Water Plant, Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar

At the Ras Laffan Power Co. facility, the 756-MW net combined-cycle plant and the integrated 40 million gallons per day desalination plant are working in tandem to provide abundant, reliable…


Top Plant: Panoche Energy Center, Firebaugh, California

The Panoche Energy Center is a 400-MW simple-cycle power plant using four of General Electric’s GE LMS100s with fast-start capability. Dispatched by Pacific Gas & Electric to meet regional power…


Top Plant: Langage Combined Cycle Power Plant, Plymouth, Devon, UK

The UK grid, focused on adding valuable renewable generation, will rely on natural gas–fired generation for many years to come. One of the most recent additions is the Langage Power…


Mine Drainage: An Alternative Source of Water

Although mining practices often vary greatly according to the material produced and the value of the deposit, one common denominator is that mining of materials containing sulfide minerals creates acid…


Ten Years of Experience with FAC in HRSGs

We first reported on combined-cycle plant reliability concerns due to erosive wear and flow accelerated corrosion (FAC) in heat-recovery steam generator (HRSG) pressure parts at the 1999 EPRI Maintenance Conference.…


POWER Digest (September 2010)

MHI, Foster Wheeler to Support FEED for UK CCS Project. A consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. on August 5 announced that it had received…


The World’s First Two-Stage Turbocharged Gas Engine

GE launched what it is calling the world’s first two-stage turbocharged gas engine this June. The new technology is initially being applied to its Jenbacher J624 engine (Figure 6), essentially…


UK Installs Hub to Test Wave Energy Projects

A £42 million marine power infrastructure project that will function as an “electrical socket” in waters 50 meters (m) deep and nearly 16 kilometers (km) off the coast of Cornwall…


Solar Capacity Heats Up Worldwide

Spain in July inaugurated another major concentrated solar power (CSP) power station. The 50-MW La Florida parabolic solar trough plant in Alvarado Badajoz (in the west of the country), increases…


U.S. Wind Speeds Bluster on Climate Phenomena

Renewable energy information services provider 3TIER in July confirmed with its publication of wind performance maps what U.S. wind developers with poor generation numbers had been suggesting earlier this year:…


Xcel Energy Fires Up Solar/Coal Hybrid Demonstration

At the end of June, Xcel Energy fired up a demonstration project that integrates a 4-MW parabolic trough solar technology with an existing 44-MW coal-fired power plant. Designed to increase…


China Completes Ultra-High-Voltage Transmission Superhighway

The State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) in July put into operation the world’s first ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) superhighway when it commissioned the Xiangjiaba-Shanghai link. The ±800 kV project,…


The Hidden Agendas Behind Citizen Suits

The enforcement mechanisms of the environmental statutes in the 1960s were both cumbersome and ineffective. As interest in environmental protection grew, awareness of the lack of adequate enforcement also increased.…


Coal Ash Regulation: Playing the Name Game

What’s in a name? Would coal ash labeled as “special” hazardous waste be as easily recycled as that labeled nonhazardous waste? That is the crux of the debate sparked by…


Cap and Trade Is Dead

Cap and trade officially died on July 22 when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced at a news conference that the Democratic Caucus was unable to reach a consensus on…


What Utility Executives Think About the Smart Grid

Where can you get the most frank answers to the question, "What do utility executives think about the smart grid?" Probably from the 2009–2010 " Platts/Capgemini Utilities Executive Study." Conducted…


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