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Monthly Issue | December 15, 2006

The five deadly sins of project management

Information technology (IT) projects foster organizational productivity and growth by improving business processes and enabling the development of new products and services. Surprisingly, given the diversity of project types, most…


Osmotic power from the ocean

Reverse osmosis is a process familiar to most plant operators. Push makeup water through the right kind of membrane with sufficient pressure (osmotic pressure) and you generate a stream with…


Wind farmers: Heed the lessons of the merchant gas-power business

I remember how precisely we performed the "pour" when my buddies and I economized and bought beer by the pitcher in college. You had to get the flow just right…


Unique challenges face wind power developers, buyers

Wind power has grown over the past decade from a boutique and unappreciated generating technology to a reliable and much-sought-after resource. Bob Dylan was prescient when he wrote, "The answer,…


DOE project converts weapons-grade uranium to fuel for Browns Ferry

During and following the Cold War, it was assumed that the Soviet Union had produced weapons-grade, highly enriched uranium (HEU) from 1950 through 1988 for defense purposes. With the collapse…


The long and short of last-stage blades

The row of last-stage blades (LSBs) in a steam turbine's low-pressure (LP) section is a key element of the turbine's design because it defines the machine's overall performance, dimensions, and…


Renewable power: Environmental or political product?

  What's in a name? Plenty, if the word is "renewable." Intuitively, most people outside the energy industry consider hydroelectric power "renewable." The dictionary defines the word as follows: "capable…


Focus on O&M (Nov/Dec 2006)

FIRE PROTECTION Safeguarding coal-handling assets Coal-fired power plants have millions of dollars invested in conveyor systems and train-unloading equipment. Consistent, reliable performance of this equipment is critical to maximizing plant…


Readers talk back and Correction (Nov/Dec 2006)

Fireproofing switchyards From an insurance carrier's perspective, we fully condone the use of on-line condition monitoring for large, critical transformers ("Monitoring key gases in insulating oil keeps transformers healthy," POWER,…


A new vision for energy efficiency

The U.S. electric utility industry has long encouraged its customers to get more value from their electricity dollar. Today, the industry—facing volatile costs and mounting concerns about the environment—is coming…


Global Monitor (Nov/Dec 2006)

Renewables require rethinking just about everything Renewable portfolio standards (RPS) are here to stay, with nearly half of U.S. states having adopted some measure to push regulated utilities to use…


Wind power: Disruptive or not?

Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen coined the term "disruptive technology" in his best-selling 1997 book, The Innovator's Dilemma. According to Christensen, a disruptive technology unseats a dominant technology by…


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