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PE Volume 119 Issue 6
Today, there is a heightened focus on environmental sustainability, and for good reason. Gone are the days of opening valves and discharging unregulated waste streams into the environment. Industry has seen the impact of heightened scrutiny from the public and regulatory bodies.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of many approaches that is critical for significantly reducing domestic and global CO2 emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology Program Plan envisions second-generation CO2 capture technologies ready for demonstration-scale testing around 2020, with the goal of enabling commercial deployment by 2025.
As anyone familiar with the U.S. utility industry can tell you, the power generation business is cyclical. Fuel prices, regulations and capacity needs create periods of peak new-build and plant upgrade activity necessary to meet the demands of the market.
The Center for Energy Workforce Development estimates that nearly half of the electric power generation, transmission and distribution workforce may be replaced in the coming years due to baby boomer retirements.
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