In January 2011, the Energy Information Administration released a preview of its Annual Energy Outlook. One result of the outlook: the U.S. has twice the amount of projected recoverable natural gas than previously thought, totaling 827 trillion cubic feet. Not only is the gas supply apparently abundant, but other reasons for power players to investigate gas alternatives also exist.
In September 2009, Progress Energy was in the process of planning a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage at the 860 MW Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear power plant, a project that the utility completes every two years.
In the U.S. today, electricity from coal fired plants is hindered due to environmental issues especially CO2 emissions. Biomass, in its various forms, including clean wood waste, and agriculture crop residue is considered CO2 neutral in most jurisdictions and are acceptable as an alternative fuel by many state Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards.
Some things in life are predictable. Every spring, the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano. Every spring, Chicago Cubs fans start out with high hopes, only to be disappointed. And each spring, maintenance crews return to power plants during scheduled shutdowns.
Artificial intelligence- (AI-) based optimization software has been used to improve fossil steam power plant boiler operations for more than 15 years. The technology has come a long way since the early advisory systems that could take more than a year to implement and were difficult to maintain.
Following the on-going crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, people globally have questioned the safety of nuclear power generation. Italy issued a one-year moratorium on plans to build nuclear power plants.