Coal, Wind

To the Editor:

Issue 4 and Volume 113.

On behalf of the Lee County (Fla.) Solid Waste Division, we would like to thank Power Engineering for selecting the Lee County Waste to Energy Expansion Project for the 2008 Project of the Year Award in the renewable energy category. Now, more than ever, the conversion of household garbage into electricity is a win-win-win for our nation’s energy independence. Municipal solid waste converted to electricity offsets fossil fuels that would otherwise be used to generate an equivalent amount of electrical energy. Additional benefits include the reduction of required landfill volume by 90 percent and the recovery of valuable metals that are not otherwise recyclable from the waste stream.

Key project participants included:

  • Air Pollution Control Systems: Alstom Power
  • Boiler & Auxiliaries: Babcock Power Inc.
  • Engineer of Record: Burns & Roe Enterprises Inc.
  • General Contractor: Casey Industrial Inc.
  • Operations, Maintenance & Project Management: Covanta Energy
  • Owner’s Consultant: HDR Engineering Inc.
  • Turbine-Generator: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Thanks again for this wonderful award.

Don Castro, P.E.
Vice President, HDR Engineering Inc.

To the Editor:

After reviewing your magazine a number of times I have come to the conclusion that you publish a truly outstanding magazine.

Your magazine discusses the current state of technology, research and development and implementation in the power industry. Your magazine is technical yet readable to an extreme.

Your writers, editors and publisher are very clearly the best in the business. They have been highly successful at achieving an integration of technical terms and layman’s prose. I have never before seen a technical trade magazine that can be read and understood by anybody with an education.

As an example of an article of true writing excellence, I would point to the short article by Steve Blankinship on page 10 of the February 2009 edition. The article is short and concise, but effectively describes the current state of implementation of superconduction technology into the wind turbine industry.

To the body of current readers as well as the body of prospective readers I would entreat you to read on!

Patrick T. LaCava
Patrick’s Enterprises, Hartford, Conn.