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.

Energy Storage: Poised for Growth

Thu May 07 16:54:00 CDT 2015
Storing electricity on a large scale has long been pursued by electric utilities in hopes of using the power to cover periods of peak demand. The ability to store large amounts of power would help power producers fill the ...

The Clean Power Plan, FutureGen, EPA and Jumbo Shrimp

Tue Mar 03 16:27:00 CST 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

Mon Feb 09 14:17:00 CST 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

Tue Feb 03 14:18:00 CST 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...

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.

Does Yucca Mountain Now Have A Chance?

Tue Apr 14 14:36:00 CDT 2015
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid announced his retirement from Congress and the U.S. nuclear industry perked up in interest. Reid has long been against building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in his state, saying that ...

Charge Off

Fri Mar 20 09:46:00 CDT 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!

Wed Feb 25 14:00:00 CST 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....
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