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Monthly Issue | December 15, 2007

This month in POWER…

During this 125th anniversary year, Retrospective has surveyed the evolution of the power industry as chronicled in POWER. The magazine’s original focus in the 1880s was to fill the fledgling…


Forgotten water: Stator cooling water chemistry

 Even utilities that are very diligent about treating and monitoring their boiler water, demineralized water makeup, and cooling water may know little about treating one of the most critical water…


Developing wind projects in California—or anywhere

Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) of various forms have been adopted by 28 states and the District of Columbia (Figure 1). Some set voluntary goals with long implementation schedules; others—like those…


Map of geothermal, wind, hydro, and wood power plants in North America


Steel Winds Project, Lackawanna, New York

The City of Lackawanna, located on the shore of Lake Erie just south of Buffalo, New York, was the center of steel production in the region in the early 20th…


Raft River Geothermal Project, Malta, Idaho

Idaho began tapping its vast geothermal energy supplies as far back as 1892 to supply district heating to its capital city, Boise. A century later Idaho had no operating geothermal…


Nevada Solar One, Boulder City, Nevada

Development of solar thermal projects in the U.S. was popular in the late 1980s, when nine plants were installed in California’s Mojave Desert. The familiar family of Solar Electric Generating…


Central Vermont Public Service, Cow Power Program

Renewable energy projects often reflect the character of the local economy and locally available natural resources. Solar energy power generation systems are a natural for the Southwest but are less…


Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, Liverpool Bay, UK

Denmark has 380 MW of offshore wind capacity—the most in the world. So it should come as no surprise that a Danish company, DONG Energy, is deeply involved in offshore…


Rigid COD deadlines do more harm than good

A utility executive responsible for procuring renewable power recently lamented that, at the time of contract execution, renewable “projects” are typically at a very preliminary stage of development, offering scant…


Focus on O&M (December 2007) 

TRAINING  The web: Ideal for skills development To power the operations of large industrial customers and keep appliances and equipment humming in homes and businesses, Minnesota Power (MP) employees must…


The mother of all energy crises

POWER readers today face severe problems in the electricity supply business. But a much bigger problem will soon burst on the scene: the peaking of world oil production. Experts have…


Global Monitor (December 2007)

TVA may revive Bellefonte  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received the second complete application to build a new nuclear plant in as many months. On October 30, Tennessee…


Carbon credits and debits

 Carbon control legislation made it out of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in late October, but no one is happy with it. The…


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