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Monthly Issue | September 15, 2006

Combating climate change

The overriding environmental challenge of our time is climate change. The problem originates from the emission of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, mainly from the transport and energy sectors. If…


Marmy’s medicine show

"I'll find that leak in your buried pipe. All I'll need is a ship's sextant, a plumb line, a galvanometer, and a copy of Kurtz's Theory of Solar-Hydrated Ground Waves,"…


Cleaning and inspection of stainless steels and nickel alloys for FGD service

One of the big drivers of the utility industry's recovery has to be the estimated $15 billion engineered equipment market for flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems. The Clean Air Interstate…


Mandatory reliability rules are coming. Are you ready to comply?

"I think the biggest, most seismic change is going to come from mandatory reliability rules."—FERC Commissioner Nora Brownell The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) created a new regulatory entity—called…


How accurate are your reported emissions measurements?

Developing a power project requires a delicate balancing of the needs and wants—perceived or real—of dozens of stakeholders. It only takes one dissatisfied party to slow or even stop a…


How to conduct a plant performance test

Completing a power plant's start-up and commissioning usually means pushing the prime contractor to wrap up the remaining punch list items and getting the new operators trained. Staffers are tired…


Organics in the boiler and steam: Good or bad?

Organic compounds pioneered boiler water chemical treatment when lignosulfonates derived from oak bark were used to minimize calcium carbonate scaling. Today's organic boiler treatment methods include the addition of neutralizing…


Nova Scotia Power’s Point Aconi plant overcomes CFB design problems to become rock of reliability

  Nova Scotia, on Canada's southeast coast, is a thin peninsula. No matter where you go, you're never more than 34 miles from the sea. Residents of the province get…


Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s Springerville Unit 3 earns POWER’s highest honor

Although few Americans would characterize the affair this way, the U.S. has a love-hate relationship with coal-fired power plants. Fifty percent of the electricity generation in this country begins with…


Renewable contracts merit longer terms

The length of term allowed for power sales contracts is a critical determinant of the ability of states to meet their increasingly ambitious renewable power targets. Many utilities advocate limiting…


Focus on O&M (September 2006)

INSTRUMENTATION Level measurement in harsh environment A demanding level measurement application in an extreme environment best describes the conditions that Advance Engineer Rick Mezan faced at FirstEnergy Corp.'s 2,360-MW Bruce…


Global Monitor (September 2006)

Demand records fall nationwide It's been warm around POWER's editorial office in Arizona these past few weeks. When the thermometer doesn't see the south side of 100F, even at night,…


National pastime

—Dr. Robert Peltier, PE Editor-in-Chief During every summer hot enough to break peak demand records, the rhetoric heats up as well, with calls to rid the U.S. bulk-power system of…


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