The least-cost producers of electricity in the United States over the five-year period 1989 to 1993 are coal-fired power plants west of the Mississippi River burning low-sulfur coal. These data are confirmed in a recent analysis of production expenses for 707 power plants producing 85 percent of U.S. electric utility output by the Utility Data Institute (UDI).
In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which brought 1,240 mile-per-hour winds into southern Florida, 1.4 million Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) customers were without electricity. Not only were the lines down, but many generating plants also suffered damage, including Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The hurricane wiped out a 100,000 gallon elevated water tower, a 500,000 gallon water storage tank, city water supply piping, three service water pumps, four raw water pumps and a fire water pump.
Gloomy. If one had to use one word to describe the recent American Nuclear Society winter meeting held in Washington, D.C., that would be it. Oh, everyone put on a brave face, and Washington was beautiful, but the topics de jour still seemed to center on what`s wrong with the nuclear industry rather than what`s right.
Thielsch Engineering Inc., under the sponsorship of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, presents a number of three-day seminars. The seminars cover equipment, systems and components in fossil fuel and nuclear power plants.