Our 100th anniversary
Power Engineering magazine is 100 years old this year. This October issue is our anniversary issue and I hope you will find it interesting and provocative.
Last January we announced our anniversary year and took a look back at where Power Engineering came from and what the industry has accomplished in the last cen tury. In subsequent issues, we`ve covered the history of major power plant technologies such as boilers, steam turbines, gas turbines and control systems.
Now it`s time to look ahead to the next 100 years. In this issue you`ll find some visionary views of the future from industry leaders and experts. We are much more interested in the future than in the past. Power Engineering will be here 100 years from now because people will be using energy and power to do work, just as they always have. They may or may not be using power in the form of electricity and steam, but they will be using power. However it is used in the future, I`m sure that Power Engineering will play a role. Our commitment to the power generation industry is strong and secure.
We stand at another crossroads in 1996. The regulated industry model of the past 50 or 60 years is changing. I don`t think we`re headed back to the free-wheeling, laissez-faire days of our industry`s beginning, but we are headed in a new direction. The future is unclear at the moment, but it is up to us to shape that future. Government officials and regulators are looking to us for guidance.
They`re looking to us for guidance because technology is still at the heart of the power industry. Engineers are the key players in power generation and will remain so in the 21st century. Our industry is based on new technology, and it will thrive in the future on new technology. Our readers tell us overwhelmingly that the core of their interest in our magazine lies in reports on new technology.
I`m looking forward to starting our next century. I know it will be even better than our first.