With the issuance of the Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) in December 2011, the U.S. EPA has succeeded in passing lasting federal guidelines for mercury air emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) employs 2,300 people and operates over 15,500 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines in Nebraska.
As Tropical Storm Isaac, eventually becoming Hurricane Issac, slowly moved across the Gulf Coast en route to the same area of the continental U.S. that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina just seven years prior, electric utilities throughout the Southeast were preparing to respond to widespread power outages.
Water and steam are the lifeblood of any steam-driven power facility, and proper chemistry control is critically important to plant operation, reliability, the bottom line, and especially personnel safety.
It's the largest annual forum for the power generation industry.
This year, Southern Co., the premier energy company serving the Southeast, celebrates its centennial celebration as a holding company.
The most deliberated clean-air rule in U.S. history is also the most misleading.
One of EPA's six common air pollutants is particulate matter (PM); however, particular matter is actually a class of pollutants, which complicates understanding its regulation.
Electric power generators in the U.S. today are making fleet asset decisions that will affect the affordability and reliability of power from all plants for decades to come, and their overwhelming favorite fuel choices for new assets are natural gas and renewables.
More than $10 billion in federal and state R&D tax credits were reported to the IRS in 2009.
For utilities seeking license renewals to extend the operating life of their nuclear power plants, and those wanting to build and operate new plants, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's order, or 'freeze' as it is being referred to, on Aug. 7 may not be the news they wanted to hear.
When it became clear that factors such as new EPA regulations and an excess supply of natural gas were set to drive a significant change in the power generation and transmission industry, it prompted some power companies, including ABB, to make necessary adjustments and create new initiatives to deal with these changes proactively.
Recently enacted Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will require many coal-fired power generating utilities to significantly reduce their emissions of mercury and other emissions.
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