An Inside Look at a State-of-the-Art Training Facility [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2019 13:41:51 +0000

Royce Peters, senior technical coordinator for the Carpenters International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. The ITC is the largest and most-comprehensive training facility of its kind in the world. Following the completion of phase six of construction in 2018, the center now has more than 1.2 […]

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Should a Power Company Be Held Responsible for Wildfires?

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000

If you’ve been following the news, you know that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because it is facing tens of billions of dollars in liability for

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Improve Baghouse Performance with Custom Filtration Media

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Dust collection plays a vital role for safe and efficient power plant operation. There are a number of dust collection options available to plant designers, and baghouses have gained wide acceptance. The

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TVA Mulls Coal Plant Closures, Trump Urges Board to Consider All Factors

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:11:46 +0000

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is holding a board meeting today, during which the fate of the corporate agency’s Bull Run and Paradise Unit 3 coal power plants could be decided. Permanent closure of the facilities is strongly being considered. The stakes are high, according to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R). In a Jan. 4 […]

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Severe Modulation in Feedwater-Control Valves Reveals Need for Periodic Calibration

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:10:11 +0000

Some combined-cycle plants have two feedwater-control valves: a small startup valve with the extra cavitation-protection needed during startup and low-load operations, and a larger main valve with the high flow-capacity needed during full-load ops. This design is intended to yield a longer service life of these valves. However, as the plant ages, this design also […]

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Concrete Better Than Cameras in Protecting Grid

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:48:15 +0000

Some high-tech security features meant to protect U.S. power plants from physical attack may not be as effective as good old-fashioned fences and concrete, according to a Georgia Institute of Technology graduate who modeled security measures in a computer simulation while earning her PhD in Public Policy. Jenna McGrath, who graduated in December 2018, published […]

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Designing for Extremes: Battery Storage in the Mojave Desert

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000

When Doosan GridTech installed a 25-MVA/10-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) at its Beacon Solar Plant site in Kern County, California, the

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Coal Plant Improves Combustion, Lowers Emissions, and Boosts Output

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Coal power plants today must find ways to operate economically if they are to survive. Every area of cost reduction must be investigated. On the maintenance side, time savings must be sought—to reduce

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Fate of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Site In Play

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:37:38 +0000

The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel (DCDEP) on Jan. 8 released its recommendations for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and surrounding lands after the plant ceases operations in 2025. The panel—created to foster open and transparent dialogue between members of the local community and the plant’s owner Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E)—suggested a […]

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Columbia Nuclear Plant Sets Another Generation Record, Credits Good Performance

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:17:59 +0000

Operators of the Columbia Generating Station have set a new generation record at the nuclear plant 12 miles north of Richland, Wash., sending more than 9.7 million MWh to the Pacific Northwest power grid during 2018.  The single 1,207-MW single GE-built Mark-2 boiling water reactor that is owned and operated by Energy Northwest—which comprises 26 […]

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