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Monthly Issue | August 30, 2013

THE BIG PICTURE: Fuel Balance


What You Need to Know (and Don’t) About the AURORA Vulnerability

When most people think of the AURORA cybersecurity threat today, they recall an image of an out-of-control generator during a 2007 demonstration test. But the threat didn’t end in 2007.…


Quantum Cryptography Promises Un-Hackable Industrial Communications

What if you could send a control message between two points on the electricity grid—say between a control room operator and a turbine or between a system operator and a…


Top Plant: Southcentral Power Project, Anchorage, Alaska

Owners: Chugach Electric Association Inc. and Anchorage Municipal Light & PowerOperator: Chugach Electric Association Inc. The Southcentral Power Project is Alaska’s third-largest power plant and its most fuel-efficient. By employing…


Top Plant: Sasol Gas Engine Power Plant, Sasolburg, South Africa

Owner/operator: Sasol New Energy High altitude, an unreliable national grid, and the need to dramatically cut carbon emissions meant a demanding set of requirements for South African chemicals manufacturer Sasol…


Top Plant: Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center, Brevard County, Florida

Owner/operator: Florida Power & Light Continuing a drive to build one of the cleanest, most efficient fleets in the country, Florida Power & Light just flipped the switch on its…


Top Plant: Combined Cycle Power Plant Brazi, Brazi, Romania

Owner/operator: OMV Petrom S.A. Romania’s power market was opened to independent power producers when the country joined the European Union in 2007. CCPP Brazi is the first greenfield, privately owned…


Top Plant: Amman East Power Plant, Al Manakher, Jordan

Owner/operator: AES Jordan PSC The Kingdom of Jordan's first independent power plant set a standard for safe construction and operation across the Middle East. As a pioneer in Independent power…


PURPA at 35: At a Crossroads?

      In March 2013, and for the first time in the 35-year history of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission…


Considerations When Upgrading Gas Turbine HMIs

Aging human machine interface (HMI) hardware will eventually become a burden on plant operation. Obsolete HMIs can cause problems with connectivity, historical data loss, and hardware failure. As the hardware…


China’s Second- and Third-Largest Mega-Dams Mark Operational Milestones

China hit two of its most significant hydroelectric milestones in recent months: Initial operation of the 13.86-GW Xiluodu project—the country’s second-largest hydropower project after the 22.5-GW Three Gorges Dam—and commercial…


The World’s Most Colossal Offshore Wind Farm Opens

The $2.9 billion London Array—the world’s biggest offshore wind farm—opened this July in the Outer Thames Estuary about 12 miles off the coasts of Kent and Essex. The 175-turbine installation…


Thorium Fuel Test Begins at Research Reactor in Norway

Norwegian company Thor Energy began a five-year-long irradiation test of thorium fuel at the Institute for Energy Technology’s research reactor in Halden, Norway, marking the most recent investigation into the…


Change and Continuity

      Even if you missed Bob Peltier’s retirement signoff in last month’s column, you will have noticed that something has changed. POWER has a new editor at the…


New Products (September 2013)

Self-Leveling Camera HeadRIDGID announced a new self-leveling camera head for its SeeSnake Max rM200 Camera System. With its always-upright, self-leveling design, the new head was added to help take the…


Potential Solutions for ERCOT’s Challenges

Former state and federal regulatory chair Pat Wood talks about his revised views of energy market structures.     Pat Wood III —former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission…


The New Environment for the Gas and Electric Industries

        Natural gas–fired power generation has increased significantly in recent years. This trend generally is considered a positive development for several reasons: the abundance of domestic natural…


Hints of What’s Next from GE on the Technology Front

The global giant has plans for everything from improved gas turbine efficiency to energy storage to innovative wind turbine manufacturing techniques.     When Gary Leonard, General Electric’s global technology…


SILEX Process Promises Third-Generation Uranium Enrichment Technology for U.S.

Last year the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a construction and operating license to General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC for its proposed uranium enrichment plant in North Carolina, which…


POWER Digest (September 2013)

Mexico Creates Council to Meet Clean Energy Target. The Mexican Energy Secretariat on July 5 announced creation of the Renewable Energy Council, a body designed to spearhead eight initiatives outlined…


Funding for Coal Plants Overseas Curbed on Climate Concerns

In his climate change speech earlier this summer, President Obama announced a major policy shift: The U.S. government will end financing for virtually all new coal power plants oversees. In…


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