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Issue 4 and Volume 105.

GE Glegg Water Technologies has established new service facilities in Portland, Ore., Houston, Texas and Singapore. Each site will provide water solutions ranging from replacement parts and services to technical audits of water treatment systems, system upgrades, plant servicing, commissioning and plant operation activities.

New EPA requirements on NOx emissions from coal-fired plants have hampered the sale of fly ash for concrete manufacture because carbon is now transferred to the ash. Boral Materials Technologies and Solvera Controls are teaming up to demonstrate a viable commercial remedy at a pilot site near Atlanta, Ga. The new process electrostatically separates carbon from fly ash and meets the technical requirements for the ready mix concrete industry, according to Boral vice president Dr. Russell Hill.

The Edison Electric Institute has developed an action plan to address the growing energy needs of Internet data centers. Internet data centers house computer servers and networking equipment that can consume as much power as a small city, and demand large amounts of absolutely reliable power. A key action item for EEI is to meet with utility regulators to help determine the potential effect of these data centers on regional power markets. EEI will also compile actual facility performance profiles to prevent over design by utilities.

A report by Cambridge Energy Research Associates says it is already too late for California to head off a serious summer shortage that could lead to at least 20 hours of rolling blackouts across the state. The report, “Beyond California’s Power Crisis: Impact, Solutions and Lessons,” states that at least 5,000 MW of new generating facilities are required to restore balance to the state’s grid and that demand will exceed supply by 3,000 MW. The report predicts California will be under an energy alert of some sort for at least 200 hours this summer.

SCIENTECH, developer of the on-line parts search engine rapidpartsmart, has announced a strategic alliance with power industry global supply chain e-marketplace Enporion. The two firms will provide Enporion customers with access to SCIENTECH’s rapidpartsmart, while rapidpartsmart customers will be able to utilize Enporion’s e-commerce platform. “This first-of-its-kind alliance will benefit rapidpartsmart customers by providing them with an on-ramp to Enporion’s e-marketplace, while offering them comprehensive materials and service solutions in a collaborative environment,” said Kurt Mitchell, rapidpartsmart managing director.

Bonneville Power Administration has issued a request for proposal seeking more than 1,000 MW of new wind power. “We want as much power as fast as we can get it to help alleviate the energy shortage,” said George Darr, BPA’s renewable resource program manager. The request for proposals set a minimum of 15 average MW (about 40 to 60 MW of nameplate capacity) for a project. But, said Darr, “We strongly prefer larger projects with the potential for expansion.”

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America has announced a new combustion turbine repair facility to be located in the Orlando, Florida area. Formerly the Textron Turbine Engine Components facility in Orlando Central Park, the 450-employee Mitsubishi facility will be responsible for advanced combustion turbine component repair and manufacturing, and serve as a parts distribution center for advanced F and G series combustion turbine systems.

DTE Energy Technologies has opened a new 22,000-square-foot power generator development, test and assembly facility in Novi, Mich. The facility will house testing and initial assembly of energy|now power generators, including the company’s 400 kW mini-turbines.

Catalytica Energy Systems has announced that its Xonon Cool Combustion system has successfully completed an evaluations process by EPA verifying ultra-low emissions performance. The results gathered through EPA’s Environmental Technology Verification Program provide high-quality, third-party conformation of the system’s ability to deliver near-zero emissions for gas turbine power production.

Barry Sibul & Co. of Fort Collins, Co. has signed an agreement with United Air Specialists of Cincinnati Oh. to exclusively distribute the Kleentek electrostatic fluid cleaning system to the U.S. power generation industry.

UtiliCorp plans to purchase the output of a 110 MW Kansas wind farm being built by FPL Energy LLC.