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.

The Clean Power Plan, FutureGen, EPA and Jumbo Shrimp

03/03/2015
The Obama administration’s policy on coal is like “jumbo shrimp.” It’s full of irony and contradictions. The administration’s dichotomous worldview reached a new level last month, when it pulled the plug on FutureGen 2.0, ...

Invest in coal: It's the answer, not the problem

09/02/2015
Editor’s note: The following is a well-written contribution from Frank Clemente, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Penn State University, former director of the university’s Environmental Policy Center and editor of ...

Solar Inequity

03/02/2015
Solar power accounted for more than a third of new generation built in the U.S. during the first nine months of last year. What’s more, the U.S. installed more than 1,300 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the third...

The Debate over Distributed Generation

12/01/2015
As electric utilities reel from significant revenue losses caused by the growth of distributed generation – power produced outside the grid by homes and businesses – power professionals remain deeply divided over the bread...

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.

Charge Off

03/20/2015
Let's say you own a successful car dealership. With each vehicle you sell, the customer is charged for access to a car wash on site whether they use it or not. Each month, whenever the customer pays their note, they are al...

Answer NUCLEAR POWER International's Call for Abstracts!

02/25/2015
NUCLEAR POWER International Conference & Exhibition 2015 wants to hear from you about issues that affect the nuclear power industry. We are currently accepting abstracts for the upcoming conference, scheduled for Dec....

Safety, advanced reactors and policies to drive nuclear in 2015

01/28/2015
The year 2014 ended on a relatively high point for the global nuclear energy industry. Japan approved the restart of two nuclear power plants, the DOE opened funding for advanced nuclear reactor technology research and dev...
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