In a Surprise Announcement, Colstrip Units 1 and 2 to Close by Year-End

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 23:29:40 +0000

Talen Montana—part-owner and operator of the Colstrip Steam Electric Station—announced that Units 1 and 2 at the coal-fired power plant will be retired by year-end, well ahead of a previously announced July 2022 closure date. “The decision to retire Colstrip Units 1 and 2 comes after extensive review and exhaustive efforts over the last few […]

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The Future Direction of Respiratory Protection

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2019 04:00:22 +0000

An estimated 5 million U.S. workers wear respirators. Employers are required to provide National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified respirators using a written respiratory protection program enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Design and manufacturing focus on fit, comfort, and ease of use across product lines incorporating advanced technologies, such […]

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How to Hire the Best Talent

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0000

It’s no secret that the power industry workforce is aging and managers are struggling to find qualified candidates interested in filling open positions. In my April column, I referenced a

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Insights Into Siemens’ Stunning Gas and Power, Renewables Shakeup

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 03:05:05 +0000

In the days following its May 7 announcement that it will spin off its Gas and Power business, Siemens has fleshed out how and when the carveout will occur, laid out its reasons for lumping its energy businesses together, and put forth a market case for why a business separation may be a “win-win” situation […]

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Safety a Major Focus of CTOTF Conference

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 01 May 2019 15:49:27 +0000

Marc Yeston kicked off the Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) spring conference on April 29 in St. Augustine, Florida, with a keynote presentation focused on safety, and how power plant managers and supervisors can improve safety programs. Yeston (Figure 1) has worked as a flight paramedic, a federal and state law enforcement officer, a […]

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Former TVA CEO Will Take the Reins at PG&E

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:49:53 +0000

PG&E Corp. announced on April 3 the appointment of William “Bill” Johnson as the company’s new president and CEO. It also announced the appointment of 10 new directors to its board of directors. The board appointments will be effective as of the next in-person board meeting, which will be held as soon as practicable, the […]

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Replacing Retirees and Improving Reliability High on To-Do Lists

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000

What keeps you up at night? The question has become cliché as panel moderators now routinely ask it as a “thought-provoking” final query to close out executive roundtable sessions at industry conferences

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Autonomous Power Plant Takes Shape in Japan

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000

The world’s first autonomous combined cycle power plant is currently under construction at the Takasago Machinery Works facility in Japan, and it will be operational by 2020, according to Mitsubishi Hitachi

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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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National Engineers Week: Engineering for the Power World 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:34:37 +0000

This week (Feb. 17–23) is National Engineers Week. “EWeek” as the National Society of Professional Engineers calls it, is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations, and government agencies. Its key goal: raising public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life.  Over the […]

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