The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) reports that proximity to transmission lines, a previous obstacle to wind development, should no longer hinder the technology. EIA said there are 240,000 square miles of land in the country with wind development potential that lie within 10 miles of an existing transmission facility. EIA projects that land area could accommodate 734,000 average MW of wind energy capacity. "EIA`s findings are very encouraging at a time when wind energy technology is beginn
Delano Energy Co., a subsidiary of Thermo Electron, turns waste wood into electricity to power southern California homes and businesses. The plant is licensed to deliver power to the Southern California Edison grid at levels below 50 MW. Higher levels require compliance with public utilities regulations, so Delano must monitor output to keep it at or below 49.9 MW. Operators constantly monitor output and many other aspects of the facility, including transformer and motor loads to keep the plant
Corrosion from constant mist and humidity of Niagara`s Horseshoe Falls along with ultraviolet damage and aesthetic considerations forced Ontario Hydro to perform rigorous protective maintenance on one of its two control gates along the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Waste wood goes into landfills in many parts of the United States; a loss of a potentially valuable energy source. However, Savannah Electric reports successful completion of basic research into methods for using discarded wood as boiler fuel. Aided by a consulting firm, Fiber Fuel International, Savannah`s staff mixed pulverized wood and coal and fired it in a boiler at the company`s Plant Kraft. An initial three-day test burn, conducted more than a year ago, consumed 5,500 pulverized, nonreusa
Houston Lighting & Power Co. (HL&P) recently faced and overcame problems transferring trash and fish from filter screens that sift objects from its cooling water, drawn from Galveston Bay.
Rolls-Royce Industrial & Marine Gas Turbines? industrial RB211 is the world?s first aero derivative dry low-emissions engine to enter service. The engine entered operation at Pacific Gas Transmission Co.?s (PGT) natural gas pumping station near Spokane, Wash.
Integrated high-concentration photovoltaics (IHCPV) have achieved a solar conversion efficiency greater than 20 percent in a 2,000-W testbed array installed at Georgia Power Co.?s Shenandoah Environment & Education Center, near Atlanta, Ga. This potentially low-cost solar technology established a new world record for commercial-scale electrical energy conversion from sunlight.
Competition in electric power production and delivery has caused profound changes in the way we view our industry. A speaker from the Edison Electric Institute observed at a recent meeting that competition has pulled the rug out from under integrated resource planning. Cost-driven, cut-throat competitors are going to have little regard for some central planner?s notion of what kind of new capacity should be built. If central planners remain in control, then there will not be the kind of open ent
In 1993, it was necessary to replace the original 12-inch pipes providing water to the Smith Mountain hydro plant near Roanoke, Va. The piping, installed in the early 1960s, had developed leaks and other problems.