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PE Volume 101 Issue 5

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Eddie Peebles has been appointed director of mergers and acquisitions for CSW International Inc. and CSW Energy Inc. subsidiaries of Centeral and South West Corp.

We’re not in China, Toto

Your February 1997 opinion column, "we're not in China, Toto," on China's use of labor vs. machinery raises interesting questions, and the answers may not be unimportant to U.S. labor.

We’re not in China, Toto

Your February 1997 opinion column, "we're not in China, Toto," on China's use of labor vs. machinery raises interesting questions, and the answers may not be unimportant to U.S. labor.

Peaks and valleys

Florida Power Corp.?s Intercession City Power Plant has completed commercial start of its Model V84.3 Siemens gas turbine. The unit will be operated through a joint ownership agreement between Florida Power Corp. and Georgia Power Co. Florida Power will receive the output from the unit for eight months of the year, while Georgia Power will receive power the remaining four-month summer period. The arrangement is ideal because Florida Power is a winter-peaking utility and Georgia Power has a summe

According to the most recent update of the Department of Energy?s short-term energy outlook,

According to the most recent update of the Department of Energy?s short-term energy outlook, electricity demand growth is not expected to be immune to the downward shift in heating demand seen so far in 1997. From an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent in 1996, rates of 1.3 percent this year and 1.9 percent in 1998 are projected, assuming average weather conditions and base case economic growth.

Incentives offered for fuel cell buyers

The federal government is accepting applications to pay up to one-third of the cost of commercial fuel cell power plants. Under the program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by the Defense Department, $15 million has been allocated to pay up to one-third the cost of commercial fuel cells. Once used primarily as a power source in space missions, fuel cells now are in use throughout the world as supplementary power sources for hospitals, hotels, universities, military insta

Gas turbine to dominate with coming advancements

The EIA forecasts 172 GW of new generating capacity will be needed by 2010 to meet expected growth in electric power demand. Moreover, a significant portion of existing generating capacity is expected to require replacement or undergo repowering during this time period. Such trends and developments portend a growing need for more efficient, cleaner advanced gas turbine and cogeneration systems (see figure).

Life-cycle management saves Com Ed $31M

Upgraded life-cycle management at Commonwealth Edison Co. (Com Ed) has saved the company $31 million in the program?s first 18 months, according to vice president Louis DelGeorge, who is in charge of the new effort. Savings and increased revenues are expected to total $100 million over a three-year period. Life-cycle management, DelGeorge explained, means managing the total return from all the equipment and materials the company uses from design and acquisition through consumption and dispositio

Multistage valve trim retrofits lessen vibration

Ever since the 1973 commissioning of Commonwealth Edison`s two 828 MW boiling water reactors at the Quad Cities Nuclear Power Plant, the 14-inch residual heat removal (RHR) valves and related system piping and components have suffered severe vibration and damage whenever the system was in required periodic test operation. In addition, the high vibration raised fears of potential fatigue failures in the RHR system piping.

Study: Slow down for a Texas drawl

A recent study suggests that unless a cautious approach is taken to introducing retail competition of electrical power in Texas, consumers and small businesses might not share in the benefits, while local and state governments could experience $234 million losses in franchise and property tax revenues the first year alone. Conducted by economists at the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, the study also recommends careful consideration be given to the recovery

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