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Monthly Issue | September 30, 2013

Power in Southeast Asia: Cubs on a Growth Spurt

Southeast Asia, with an increasingly affluent population of 600 million, must kick investment in the power sector into the next gear to meet expected demand for electricity. Download the report.


THE BIG PICTURE: Emissions Enforcement


Will Washington Finally Resolve the Nuclear Waste Dilemma?

After 30-plus years of false starts, delays, and political interference, the U.S. finally has an opportunity to make good on its obligations to store the spent fuel from our nation’s…


NuScale Puts Single-Minded Focus on Small Modular Reactor

The western U.S. could host the first NuScale small modular reactor, which traces its roots to Oregon State University. Financial backing from Fluor Corp. could make the design more than…


Reciprocating Engines Continue to Be Flexible Workhorses

With applications that range from firming intermittent resources to providing combined heat and power solutions, reciprocating engine manufacturers have made strides to improve their machines’ efficiency and environmental profile. Reciprocating…


Reducing SCR Fly Ash Accumulation with Improved Reactor Inlet Airflow

Poor airflow around its selective catalytic reactor (SCR) was causing heavy fly ash accumulation and pluggage at Kansas City Power & Light’s 815-MW La Cygne Unit 1. Flow modeling and…


Practical Considerations for Converting Boilers to Burn Gas

The enormous reserves of natural gas at comparatively low prices and increasing regulatory pressure to reduce emissions from coal-fired generation combine to make natural gas today’s fuel of choice. What…


Turning the Heat Up on Carbon Emissions

In June the White House issued a “Climate Action Plan” that increases the pressure on power generators to reduce carbon emissions. U.S. utilities have already announced the retirement of 60…


Top Plant: Shentou Second Power Plant, Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, China

Owner/operator: Shenhua Guoneng Energy Group Corp. Ltd. A modern coal-fired power plant may operate with a thermal efficiency of 40% to 45%, which means that 55% to 60% of the…


Top Plant: Prairie State Energy Campus, Washington County, Illinois

Owner/operator: Prairie State Generating Co., LLC The 1,600-MW Prairie State Energy Campus uses the latest coal technology to burn Illinois coal from the Lively Grove mine, located adjacent to the…


Top Plant: Edwardsport Generating Station, Knox County, Indiana

Owner/operator: Duke Energy Indiana Duke Energy Indiana was at an energy crossroads a decade ago. The last two operating units at the Edwardsport Generating Station were scheduled for retirement, new…


Top Plant: Mundra UMPP, Gujarat, India

Owner/operator: Tata Power Tata Power’s 4-GW ultra-mega power plant near the port city of Mundra in the western state of Gujarat became fully operational this March despite serious fuel challenges,…


LNG Exports: Who Gets to Decide?

An abundance of North American natural gas, coupled with high foreign demand, has sparked interest in exportation of natural gas. However, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities are controversial. Some opponents…


Top Plant: Cliffside Steam Station Unit 6, Cliffside, North Carolina

Owner/operator: Duke Energy With a mandate to cut emissions, improve efficiency, and increase output, Duke set out to replace the four World War II–era units at Cliffside Steam Station with…


Focus on O&M: Replacing Multiple Turbine and BOP Control Systems with a Single Platform

Termoyopal, a utility based in Bogota, Colombia, recently repowered its power plant at Yopal, Colombia, by replacing three gas turbines with refurbished units and upgrading the remaining two turbines. The…


SMR Technology Contest Gets New Player

Joining the growing list of major small modular reactor (SMR) technology developers is California-based General Atomics, which says its patented Energy Multiplier Module, EM2, is one of the “most advanced…


New Power-to-Gas Plant Inaugurated in Germany

A new 2-MW power-to-gas (P2G) plant inaugurated by Germany’s E.ON in late August will convert excess wind energy into synthetic natural gas that can then be fed into the regional…


Japan Prepares to Float Offshore Wind Industry

A prototype 100-kW floating wind turbine that has been tested off Nagasaki near Japan’s Kabashima Island since May 2012 is slated to be replaced by a full-scale, grid-connected 2-MW wind…


China Cancels 2-GW Coal Plant on Pollution Concerns

In a noteworthy measure this August, Chinese authorities scrapped proposals for a 2-GW coal-fired power plant, citing—for the first time—concerns about air pollution. And as the authorities in Baguang, eastern…


When Policy and Construction Timelines Diverge

Have you ever been surprised to have a nice gift rejected? Well, that’s what happened to the POWER team this summer. This spring, we chose an interesting and diverse set…


New Measures Pit Indian Generators Against Equipment Makers

Energy-hungry India’s power sector is financially hemorrhaging due to a number of critical issues relating to the availability of coal and gas, its loss-making state power distribution companies, and costly…


POWER Digest October 2013

Jordan’s First Nuclear Reactor Gets Construction Green Light. Jordanian regulators on Aug. 20 granted permission for construction to begin at the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR) at the Jordan…


Utility Options for Leveraging Natural Gas

For many utilities there is a razor-thin difference in the price of electricity generated by natural gas and by coal. Slight changes in fuel price can therefore produce dramatic swings…


New Products (October 2013)

High-Pressure Test Gauge Crystal Engineering introduced a 15,000 psi version of its popular XP2i test gauge. The ultra-rugged, intrinsically safe, easy-to-use test gauge joins the recently released GaugeCalHP Pressure Comparator and…


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