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Monthly Issue | December 1, 2020

THE BIG PICTURE: EPA Regulatory Roundup

Over its 50-year history, several rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have reshaped the power sector. But for at least a few modern rules, the road has…


The Bittersweet Power of Hybrids

A quest for reliability and flexibility is driving significant interest in hybrid and co-located resources, but their widespread integration could hinge on how they are defined and valued in wholesale…


New Technology Keeps Solar on Track

Researchers continue to work on improvements in solar power, developing better cells, using new materials in panels, and focusing on improving efficiency while lowering cost. The solar power industry hit…


A Half Century of Environmental Progress
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In the late 1960s, the U.S. was facing an environmental crisis. Air pollution was a serious problem in cities across the country (see slideshow), industrial activities and the widespread use…


Five Emerging Risks That Could Hamper Energy Transitions

At the virtual 2nd Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables on Oct. 27, several high-ranking policymakers pointed to a number of localized challenges affecting their countries’ distinctive power…


India Expects to Double Power Consumption

Global energy demand has waned in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The lingering impacts of COVID-19 are expected to continue into 2021, but energy industry experts predict the world’s…


South Korea Joins Japan and China with Carbon-Neutral Pledge

South Korea, Japan, and China, countries that rely heavily on coal power generation to fuel their economies, separately announced ambitious goals to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the…


POWER Digest [December 2020]

Norwegian Group Buying Vietnam Wind Farm. Norway’s SN Power AS in November agreed to purchase 100% of the shares in the 39.4-MW Dam Nai Wind Power project in Vietnam from…


Projected Development of Renewables in Cuba

As part of Cuba’s National Economic and Social Development Plan for 2030, the country aspires to increase the share of renewable energy on its electric grid to 24%. To accomplish…


Leveraging the Latest Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Technologies to Transform Emissions into Profit

There is significant governmental support for the development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies. Understanding options and taking advantage of opportunities could help maintain a plant’s economic viability and…


Useful Specifications and Guides for Underground Cable and Vaults

Underground electrical cable systems are used by power companies around the world. Two recently updated specifications and guides provide system designers and engineers with important information to ensure a lifetime…


Getting Ahead of Costly Heat Exchanger Failures in the Power Generation Industry

Heat exchangers are important in all thermal power plants and in many other applications. If not properly operated and maintained, a variety of failures can occur, resulting in downtime, reduced…


Employee Location Monitoring in a Post-Pandemic World

The COVID-19 pandemic has unearthed a number of challenges for power plant managers. However, technology exists to keep workers safe. Through the use of Location Anchors and WirelessHART infrastructure, contact…


Cybersecurity in and for Large Energy Transmission Projects
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Even before the Stuxnet malware program made international headlines in 2010, cybersecurity was an important issue for utility companies. In the aftermath of one of the largest attacks on supervisory…


Global Rush Toward Renewables Faces Challenges

The global trend toward renewable energy is undeniable and commendable. In 2018, 10Power announced that it would work to create commercial-scale solar and energy storage solutions in Haiti. Earlier this…


Maintenance Planning and Execution Standards and Best Practices

The equipment and facilities supporting today’s critical infrastructure are vital to modern society. This article provides testing and maintenance tips to ensure systems are kept in top condition. Power plant…


Breaking Barriers: Inspiring Women in Engineering Jobs

Engineering empowers society in so many unprecedented ways, and with innovation at its core, the profession recognizes reaching its full potential requires the inclusivity of all segments of society. Two…


Fostering Successful Development, Deployment of Battery Energy Storage Systems

The use of batteries for electricity storage has been a reality for more than 200 years. Recent technological developments and incentives for non-fossil fuel energy systems have resulted in the…


Equipment Showcase [December 2020]

POWER features a different power-related equipment category in selected issues throughout the year. This month’s showcase includes a variety of items used in the power generation industry, from pumps and…


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