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Power


Monthly Issue | November 15, 2007

Centralized markets are failing consumers

During my 30-year career at the American Public Power Association (APPA), I’ve had a front-row seat for most of the major events in our industry’s recent history. So it disturbs…


This month in POWER . . .

POWER began its life in October 1882 as a tabloid-size publication originally entitled Steam. About the same time, two young Boston advertising salesmen decided to launch a new magazine about…


Milestones on the road to commercial operation

An engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for a power project defines how its risks will be allocated and the scope of work to be performed by both parties. This…


Accurately measure the dynamic response of pressure instruments

Nuclear power plants measure the dynamic response of their safety-related pressure, level, and flow transmitters for one or more of at least four reasons: To comply with a plant’s technical…


Defined scope, experienced team essential to nuclear I&C upgrade projects

The January 2007 issue of POWER included an article (“Tow nuclear power I&C out of the ‘digital ditch’ ”) describing instrumentation and control (I&C) upgrade projects at nuclear power plants…


Upgrade your BWR recirc pumps with adjustable-speed drives

Controlling the power output of a boiling water reactor (BWR)—such as Exelon Nuclear’s Quad Cities Unit 1 or 2 (Figure 1)—requires changing the reactivity of the core by repositioning the…


Plantwide data networks leverage digital technology to the max

Although digital technology has pervaded industrial and postindustrial societies, power plants are not yet fully reaping its benefits. Many individual process control systems have gone digital, and even nuclear plants…


Map of nuclear power plants in the United States


Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station, Omaha, Nebraska

The nuclear industry consistently reduced its plant outage durations over the past decade to the point where a 30-day refueling outage now is considered the norm. Enhanced outage planning skills…


Fermi 2 Power Plant, Newport, Michigan

The 1,150-MW Fermi 2 Power Plant, located on the shore of Lake Erie, consists of a single operating unit based on the GE boiling water reactor design. The plant entered…


Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station, Glen Rose, Texas

Comanche Peak, Luminant’s (formerly TXU) only nuclear plant, has two 1,150-MW pressurized water reactors (PWRs) that went into service in April 1990 and April 1993, respectively. Bechtel Power Corp., working…


Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant, Athens, Alabama

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) would be entirely justified in renaming its Browns Ferry Unit 1 nuclear power plant the “Phoenix” power plant. Not for geographic reasons (the plant is…


Can FERC deliver transmission?

This May, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) rejected a proposal by Southern California Edison (SCE) to build Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 (DPV2)—a 230-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line connecting California and Arizona.…


Focus on O&M (November 2007)

SYSTEM RELIABILITY The NERC auditors are coming The persons responsible for reliability (responsible entities) at utilities and other participants in the U.S./Canadian bulk power industry are preparing to have their companies’ compliance…


Global Monitor (November 2007)

NRG applies for first COL This September, NRG Energy Inc. and South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co. filed the first-ever combined construction and operating license (COL) application with the U.S. Nuclear…


Do the math

The eyes of Texas—and the rest of the world—are upon NRG Energy after its September application for licenses for two new reactors at South Texas Project (see Global Monitor). The…


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