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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.

CHP: An Emerging Market

02/04/2014
Combined heat and power (CHP), a highly efficient form of generation used to power a wide range of industries, is perhaps the most underutilized and underappreciated source of electricity production in the U.S. But cheap n...

The Evolving Coal Plant

04/03/2014
Coal-fired power plants can and should play a starring role in the integration of renewable power. That was the conclusion of researchers who prepared an eye-opening report for the Department of Energy’s National Renewabl...

A "Remarkable" Project

04/02/2014
Later this year, Southern Co.’s controversial Kemper power plant will be placed online and the world will see how technology will turn coal-fired generation into an effective tool to combat climate change. The 550-MW inte...

Rethinking Wind Power

08/01/2014
Once again, the federal subsidy that has driven the construction of new wind power projects in the U.S. has expired. But don’t expect a quick extension like last year. Congress isn’t expected to consider an extension of t...

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.

Three Years Later, Fukushima Continues to Change the Nuclear Industry

03/11/2014
Today marks three years since the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan sparked changes in the nuclear industry worldwide and changes in how people view nuclear power as a whole. While many countri...

The First - And Last - Nuclear Loan Guarantees?

02/19/2014
Many in the nuclear industry finally exhaled their bated breath as the U.S. Department of Energy finalized $6.5 billion loan guarantees Feb. 19 for the two new reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, a task that took almost f...

U.S. nuclear power plants weather the polar vortex

01/09/2014
U.S. nuclear power plants have weathered through brutal cold weather that has spread from coast to coast. Much of the country has been dealing with sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice for several days. The frigid temperatu...

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

03/27/2014
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

01/31/2014
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

08/08/2013
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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