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PE Volume 104 Issue 11

Nuclear Infrastructure Questioned

In September a nuclear industry group met to explore what it would take to begin another nuclear power project in the U.S.. According to Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) president Joe F. Colvin, "We're exploring what does it take and what kinds of rates of return and types of investment risk would one have to look at, and so on."

UPDATE

Despite the fact that more than 95 percent of the 190,000 MW of generating capacity under construction or in development in the U.S. is natural gas, coal is still a part of the mix for new and repowered generation.

BUSINESS BRIEFS

RJM Corporation, Norwalk Conn., has formed the Advanced Technologies Group, responsible for introducing new energy products and engineering solutions. The new division is offering RJM ARIS, a urea-based selective catalytic reduction system to reduce NOx emissions from stationary diesel and natural gas engines.

Company Policy, Ape Style

In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water.

ACCELERATING OUTAGES EXTENDING INTERVALS

Competition, and the unending quest to maximize revenue, is re-directing plant maintenance toward accelerating outages and extending intervals.

Kansas City Power & Light Initiates Aggressive Technical Training Program

When Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL) assessed future needs for trained personnel, the company discovered it faced a critical shortage of technicians and initiated an aggressive program of technical training and apprenticeships to address the problem.

Checklist Deciphers NSR Applicability

Ensuring compliance with the New Source Review (NSR) permitting requirements has been a hot topic with power utilities in the recent past due to the aggressive EPA lawsuits against multiple utilities over alleged NSR violations.

PRB Coal Switch not a Complete Panacea

Low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming is being used by utilities to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions.

SCR Retrofits Provide Opportunity For Variable Speed Fans

Large induced draft (ID) fans are perfect candidates for using medium voltage AC drive technology. The payback for these systems, from energy savings alone, is as little as three years for a base-loaded unit and sooner for units with wide load variation.

IGCC: The 21st Century’s Answer for the Clean Burning of Coal

As we enter the 21st century, conventional PC burning technology will face competition from integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) for electric power generation. Currently, 56 percent of the electric power generated in the U.S. is from coal.

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