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Monthly Issue | October 1, 2014

THE BIG PICTURE [INFOGRAPHIC]: A Generation Freeze

Before the polar vortex earlier this year, several severe cold weather events had presented comparable power generation operational challenges. POWER ranks those events here in terms of loss of generation…


A U.S. Power Industry Regulatory Update

The U.S. power sector has seen a number of developments on the regulatory front in recent months. Here’s where major federal rules stand today. (For a more dynamic and graphic…


Prepare Your Coal Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Cold temperatures can be dangerous for personnel and often cause havoc for power plant equipment. Suitable preparation can mean the difference between a quiet shift and a nail-biting struggle. Cold…


Prepare Your Gas Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Cold weather operations are challenging for plant designers and operators alike, particularly where severe winter weather is rare. However, another cold winter is expected, so now is the time to…


Prepare Your Nuclear Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Nuclear plant structures are designed to withstand extreme cold weather conditions. However, a winterization program, such as those shared by Byron and D.C. Cook power plants, can ensure critical operating…


Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid…


A Look Back at Electricity Rates

A recent encounter with a newspaper from 1901 got me thinking about the price of electricity over time and how it compares with price changes for other goods and services.…


Poland Mulls Energy Future

Resource-rich Poland’s push to prioritize coal as its main energy source and to cultivate a nuclear power program to boost energy security at the expense of climate objectives has provoked…


A New Record for the Longest Transmission Link

A 7,100-MW±600-kV high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) line that runs 2,375 kilometers (km) from new hydropower plants on the Madeira River in the Amazon Basin to major load centers in southeastern Brazil…


First Solar Reports Thin-Film PV Cell Breakthrough

Arizona-based solar photovoltaic (PV) system provider First Solar in August said it had achieved a cadmium-telluride (CdTe) PV research cell conversion efficiency of 21%—a world record. The thin-film PV cell’s…


MHI Develops High-Efficiency 2-MW Gas Engine

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in August revealed that it had developed a 2-MW 16-cylinder high-speed gas engine that potentially offers a power generation efficiency (lower heating value) of more than…


Construction of Russia-China Pipeline Kicks Off

Gazprom on Sept. 1 made the first weld of a 4,000-km natural gas pipeline that will run from gas production centers in Russia’s Yakutia and Irkutsk gas production fields to…


Proper Lubrication Practices Improve Plant Operations

Although industrial lubricants typically account for only 1% of plant operational costs (Figure 1), the lack of proper lubrication products, techniques, or applications can have a much more severe effect…


Unbundled Renewable Energy Credits and the Benefits of Standardization

Unbundled renewable energy credits and certificates (RECs) separate the renewable, or green, component of energy from the actual megawatt-hours of generation. RECs are traded on nine different regional markets, or…


Camden Power Station, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

South Africa began mothballing coal-fired plants almost 25 years ago when reserve margins were high and independent power producers (IPPs) were invited to invest. Ten years later, mass electrification, rapid…


Hitachinaka Thermal Power Station Unit 2, Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Think your project was tough? Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) finished one of the world’s most efficient coal-fired power plants on time despite a 9.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated both the…


Mundra Thermal Power Plant, Mundra, Gujarat, India

The nine-unit Mundra thermal power plant is one of the largest coal-fired plants in the world, but it takes up minimal space and uses both fuel and water efficiently. In…


Sesa Sterlite Captive Power Plant, Jharsuguda, Odisha, India

Operating a coal-fired plant of any sort in India is a challenge these days, but Sesa Sterlite’s 1,215-MW plant is also tasked with supplying vital power to an adjacent aluminum…


Trianel Coal Power Plant Lünen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Although Germany’s Energiewende is all about reducing consumption and transitioning from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewable energy, it hasn’t completely halted the development of new coal-fired facilities. The Lünen…


Quickly Boost Your Combustion Turbine Response

Morris Cogeneration, a combined cycle cogeneration plant near Chicago, has installed TurboPHASE, a fast-responding, modular “turbocharger” installed to boost capacity and PJM regulation revenue. How does it perform? Twice this year,…


A New Day for North American Hydropower?

Often overlooked in the dash toward wind and solar, hydropower remains a major player in renewable generation. But recent trends suggest a shift toward pumped storage and retrofitted generation may…


Collaborating to Build a Cleaner Energy Infrastructure

Every day there is increasing evidence that we need to accelerate our nation’s transition to a cleaner energy infrastructure. The American Climate Prospectus released by the Risky Business Project states…


Non-Carbon Reagent Injection for MATS Compliance

With the compliance deadline for the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards less than a year off, plant owners need to decide now on the best approach to control mercury…


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