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03/01/2014
Volume 118, Issue 3
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  • Features

    • Under Stress

      Low natural gas prices, stricter environmental regulations for coal plants, a surge in intermittent sources of renewable power and the growth of demand-response programs have led power producers to run their gas-fired plants longer and harder.

    • History & Challenges of a Successful NOx Reduction Project

      Alliant Energy - Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) recently completed installation and startup of an SCR at its Edgewater Generating Station Unit 5, located in Sheboygan County, WI.

    • Advancements in Wind Turbine Technology: Improving Efficiency and Reducing Cost

      Wind power capacity has increased dramatically in the U.S. recently - and accompanying that, the turbines that produce it have become more powerful, more efficient and more affordable for power producers.

    • Preparing for Section 316(b)

      Though the Clean Water Act Section 316(b) rule was not finalized as scheduled on Jan. 14, there are still steps that plant owners and manufacturers can take to prepare for the rule's passage.

  • Departments

    • Opinion

      • The Evolving Coal Plant

        Coal-fired power plants can and should play a starring role in the integration of renewable power.

    • Industry News

    • Clearing the Air

      • Rise of the WESPs

        Dry Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs) have long been the weapon of choice for utility and industrial particulate control needs.

    • Gas Generation

      • Investing in an Installed Base

        New gas-fired power plants have many advantages for power producers: New technology is allowing new plants to reduce emissions, have faster starts and be more efficient than ever before.

    • View on Renewables

    • Energy Matters

      • Digging Deeper into Carbon Capture and Storage

        By now most utilities have probably heard the details of EPA's latest greenhouse gas (GHG) proposal for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) from new fossil fuel-fired electric generation units.

    • Nuclear Reactions

    • Industry Watch

      • Hitachi Sees Strong Market for Energy Storage in North America

        Wind, solar and other forms of intermittent energy are being rapidly deployed throughout North America as a result of the convergence of lower costs, state and federal tax credits, local and state Renewable Portfolio Standards, and increasing consumer demand for clean energy sources.

    • Power Plant Profile

      • Southcentral Power Project: Efficiency in Central Anchorage

        The Southcentral Power Project may technically be an expansion of an existing power plant, but the facility - a 200-MW, natural gas-fired power plant located in Anchorage - stands apart from many others because of its efficiency and how it was designed to operate in a difficult climate.

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POTUS announces $1 billion in Department of Energy initiatives aimed at innovative technologies

The president’s Clean Power Plan permits the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office to guarantee up to $1 billion for commercial-scale distributed energy projects like rooftop solar, smart grid technology and methane capture for oil and gas wells.

President Obama announced this week more than a billion dollars in initiatives promoting clean energy.

The president’s Clean Power Plan permits the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office to guarantee up to $1 billion for commercial-scale distributed energy projects like rooftop solar, smart grid technology and methane capture for oil and gas wells.

Distributed energy technologies reduce greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening energy security and creating economic opportunity, but projects often encounter roadblocks when it comes to lenders who are unwilling to take on the risk of a new technology.

Additionally, the DOE is awarding $24 million through the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy for 11 high-performance solar power projects aimed at lowering the cost and improving the performance of solar photovoltaic power systems. 

Through the Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) program, teams in seven states will develop new solar technologies that use less area but capture more sunlight, reducing the footprint of conventional solar panels.

“The announcements made today will help spur innovative clean energy technologies that will be central to the president’s Clean Power Plan and combat climate change,” said Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy.  “The Clean Power Plan is a tremendous opportunity for American businesses to be global leaders in solar and distributed energy technologies.  This will help shepherd in a new era of clean energy jobs and a low-carbon economy that will deliver affordable and reliable power to America’s homes and businesses.”

Rethinking Steel-Plate Composite (SC) Construction for Improved Sustainability and Resiliency of Nuclear Power Plant Structures

The March 2011 events at Fukushima nuclear power plant have underscored the importance of resiliency of nuclear power plants for beyond-design-basis events (especially seismic related).

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