The Line Blurs Between Small Cogen Plants and Large Combined Cycles

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:39:54 +0000

When U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), he unintentionally ignited the worldwide deregulation of electricity markets, which in turn began a worldwide technology race between two distinct types of power plants: the newly created, industrial-scale plant that PURPA dubbed “cogeneration” and the traditional, utility-scale power […]

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Combined Heat and Power: A Sleeping Giant May Be Waking

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

One of the oldest energy efficiency ideas—combined heat and power—is prospering in the U.S. and looks promising elsewhere as the world searches for low-cost energy by increasing efficiency while lowering

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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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Consortium Asks UK to Support SMR Nuclear Development

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:16:57 +0000

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are becoming a technology of choice among those who continue to push nuclear power as a zero-emissions source of generation. The collapse of plans to build new large reactors in the UK has meant companies there are looking at SMRs in an effort to keep that country’s nuclear power program viable. […]

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‘Technically Sophisticated’ Combined Cycle Plant Comes Online

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:59:35 +0000

The Lackawanna Energy Center in Pennsylvania entered commercial operation Jan. 15, with the $1.5 billion project heralded by its developer, Invenergy, as among the most “technically sophisticated” combined cycle natural gas-fired plants in operation. The 1,485-MW facility, in the borough of Jessup in Lackawanna County, was completed ahead of schedule and features three General Electric […]

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Large Solar Projects Come Online in Hawaii, Florida

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:55:58 +0000

Two large solar power projects—located more than 4,600 miles apart—recently came online in the U.S., providing service in Florida and Hawaii. Duke Energy on Jan. 8 announced its 74.9-MW Hamilton Solar Power Plant was online. The installation in Jasper, Fla., is part of the company’s plan to build or acquire at least 700 MW of […]

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Tianwan Unit 4 Latest Chinese Reactor to Come Online

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2018 15:29:08 +0000

Unit 4 of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in China entered commercial operation this past weekend after completing commissioning. It began supplying power to the country’s national grid on Dec. 22. Tianwan NPP is the largest facility built with a Russian-Chinese framework of economic cooperation, with Units 1 through 4 based on the VVER-1000 reactor […]

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World’s First EPR Nuclear Unit Begins Commercial Operation

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:50:32 +0000

Unit 1 of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant completed its final regulatory test of continuous operation and full power for 168 hours on Dec. 13, marking the final milestone toward achievement of commercial operation, China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and EDF announced at a joint press conference held in Beijing, China, on Dec. 14. […]

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Plagued by Grim Challenges, Vogtle Nuclear Expansion Lags Behind Schedule, Says Oversight Consultant

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:36:55 +0000

The two-unit Vogtle expansion in Georgia faces major challenges that are poised to derail its schedule and ramp up costs—and the project is already behind schedule, a consulting firm tasked with construction oversight of the project told regulators. In revealing testimony filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission’s (PSC’s) public interest advocacy staff on November […]

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