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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.

Three Big Questions about Obama's Carbon Rule

Mon Jul 07 09:19:00 CDT 2014
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

Wed Jun 11 08:17:00 CDT 2014
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...

A Reasonable Water Rule

Mon Jun 09 11:18:00 CDT 2014
After 40 years of legal wrangling between utilities and environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month issued a new rule governing water intake structures at U.S. power plants. The final rule, ...

Distributed Generation and the Integrated Grid

Wed May 07 17:26:00 CDT 2014
Distributed generation – power produced by homes and businesses using batteries, solar panels, reciprocating engines and small wind turbines – is, without question, a burgeoning market in power generation and a “disruptive...

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.

Despite Sanctions, Russia's Blazing A Nuclear Trail

Thu Jul 17 11:45:00 CDT 2014
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

Fri Jun 13 14:18:00 CDT 2014
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...

Have We Learned From Kewaunee's closing?

Wed May 07 14:48:00 CDT 2014
It is exactly one year to the day since the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant in Carlton, Wisconsin shut down permanently. On May 7, 2013, Dominion ended operations there for good. The plant, considered by many in the industry ...

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

Thu Mar 27 14:39:00 CDT 2014
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

Fri Jan 31 16:29:00 CST 2014
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

Thu Aug 08 15:36:00 CDT 2013
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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