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Power


Monthly Issue | October 15, 2007

Competition policy: The best path

    Winston Churchill once said, "Democracy is the worst form of government—except for all the others." The same could be said for competition policy in wholesale power markets. Competition…


This month in POWER (OCTOBER)

October 1886 In the late 19th century, efficient combustion of solid fuels was achieved more by trial and error than by a fundamental understanding of stoichiometry and staged combustion. Boiler…


Making the grade with stainless steel tubing

Welding techniques have matured to the point where almost every austenitic, duplex, and full ferritic grade that is made in strip form can be manufactured into a tubular product by…


Harness detonation waves to clean boiler tubes

One of the big surprises facing plants that switch from a more or less standard bituminous coal to a western coal is the increase in slagging and fouling. Many plants…


Managing air to improve combustion efficiency

Most plant staff members periodically take a CPR course as part of their ongoing qualification program. It's a short and simple class that folks may take for granted after repeating…


Map of U.S. coal-fired power plants by MWh and fuel consumption


R.E. Burger Plant, Shadyside, Ohio

Coal is still king in the realm of power generation, but the palace is under siege by new environmental rules with bigger teeth. Emerging air emissions regulations—in the form of…


Polk Power Station Unit 1, Mulberry, Florida

Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) owns and operates Polk Power Station as part of its regulated generation fleet in Central Florida. The plant (Figure 1) occupies 4,300 acres in Polk County,…


Pleasant Prairie Power Plant Air Quality Control Upgrade Project, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

The Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) is pushing utilities in 28 eastern states and the District of Columbia to retrofit many of their coal-fired power plants with selective catalytic reduction…


IGCC demonstration plant at Nakoso Power Station, Iwaki City, Japan

Where there's a will, there's a way. While federal and state legislators and regulators debate the pros and cons of building more coal-fired power plants in the U.S., Japan quietly…


What is resource adequacy?

  Under its Resource Adequacy (RA) program, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requires load-serving entities—both independently owned utilities and electric service providers—to demonstrate in both monthly and annual filings…


Focus on O&M (October 2007)

COMBINED-CYCLE RELIABILTY Why bypass desuperheaters fail   Over the past few years, Thielsch Engineering has been retained several times to inspect, evaluate, and/or repair a through-wall failure of a bypass…


Global Monitor (October 2007)

Siemens ships first blade from U.S. plant This August, the new Siemens wind turbine blade factory in Fort Madison, Iowa, shipped its first blades, bound for the Sweetwater Wind Farm…


Energy industry needs a Sputnik

The 1940s and 50s are considered the golden age of science fiction literature. After my kids saw the movie, I, Robot, a few years ago, they were surprised to learn…


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