Power Points

Russell Ray
Managing Editor

The Power Points blog, written by Russell Ray, managing editor of Power Engineering, covers all forms of power generation, including coal, gas, nuclear and renewable. It examines a wide range of issues and advancements in pricing, policy and technology. You can follow Russell on Twitter @RussellRay1.

Why Should You Care About Coal?

As masses of arctic air swept down from the North Pole to engulf much of the U.S. last winter, the nation’s fleet of coal-fired power plants was called on to keep us warm amid frigid temperatures spawned by what’s popularl...

The Solution to Climate Change

By most accounts, capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from a commercial-scale power plant is a risky undertaking due to the cost, liability and questions about the process. But carbon capture and storage (CCS) tech...

Three Big Questions about Obama's Carbon Rule

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the first ever limit for greenhouse gas emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The proposed rule would require existing plants to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emis...

2014: The Year of Utility-Scale Solar

The boom in solar power has moved well beyond the rooftops of U.S. homes and businesses to large-scale projects using concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. In a new report released late last month, the Department of...

Nuclear Matters

Sharryn Dotson, associate editor of Nuclear Power International magazine, is the author of the Nuclear Matters blog. She has a B.A. in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. and previously was the Online Editor for Power Engineering. Follow Sharryn on Twitter @Sharryn_Dotson.

Countdown begins to Projects of the Year deadline!

August 31 is the last day to apply for the Projects of the Year and Woman of the Year awards, which you can do by clicking here. The awards are given for Best Coal, Best Nuclear, Best Natural Gas and Best Renewable Energy ...

Despite Sanctions, Russia's Blazing A Nuclear Trail

As of mid-July 2014, Russia has signed nine nuclear cooperative agreements with countries all over the world, including Vietnam, Brazil, Finland, India and Iran. A Russian-led consortium was also in the running to build ne...

EPA's Gift to Nuclear

After months of speculation and debate, the U.S. EPA released its proposed carbon emission rules on June 2. The proposals call for cuts of carbon emissions to 30% below 2005 levels, and declines in particulates, nitrogen o...

Generating Interest

Justin Martino, an associate editor of Power Engineering, has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He has previously covered the Oklahoma Legislature and the Oklahoma and U.S. courts as well as regulation issues at the state and federal levels.

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. Unfortunately, with price tags reac...

Strong year predicted for wind power

Although the amount of installed wind power capacity in the U.S. decreased in 2013, the true indicator for wind power in 2013 is the more than 12,000 MW of capacity currently under construction. That’s more capacity under ...

Gas a natural fit for California, but comes with challenges

With the unexpected retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station in June, utilities in Southern California are looking to fill a 2,200 MW power generation hole. For most utilities, the answer is going to be the ...
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