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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Power Generation

Power Plants


The Growing Demand for Emergency Backup Power

Business Energy, Mar. 2015, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/The_Growing_Demand_for_
Emergency_Backup_Power_24939.aspx


"Onsite generation options for the needs of mission-critical businesses and staying a step ahead of storms."

Are Flexible Generation Plants Performing as Expected?

Power Magazine, Mar. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/are-flexible-generation-plants-performing-as-expected/?printmode=1

"Highly flexible, fast-ramping, fast-cycling combined cycle plants hit the market with a big splash a few years ago. But are they performing as advertised? Though the few operational plants are still new and still learning, the initial results are encouraging."

Handling the Heat With CHP: ESCOs Allow for More Adoption of Cogeneration

Business Energy, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Handling_the_Heat_With_CHP_28482.aspx

"There is a renewed emphasis in the distributed generation marketplace for solutions such as Combined Heating and Power (CHP) and cogeneration, with shale gas being one of the primary drivers, notes Clark Wiedetz, director of alternative and renewable energy for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens."

Quiz: Know Your Power Plants

U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 3, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/quiz-know-your-power-plants

"This quiz will test your knowledge of electricity generation in the U.S. Each map shows existing U.S. power plants for a specific fuel source, scaled by the plant's production capacity. See if you can guess the energy source by how it's distributed across the country!"

Making the Switch from Coal to Biomass [CHP]

Cogeneration and On-site Power Production, Mar. 2015, by Thomas Krause and Yaqoub Al-Khasawneh.
http://digital.cospp.com/cospp/20150304?sub_id=yZyIjhafYfpz&folio=24#pg26

A case study of a Danish power station: "With specific modifications, a bituminous coal-firing CHP system can be converted to operate with wood or other biomass pellets."

Lower Load Growth Expectations for 7th Plan Don’t Reduce Importance of Energy Efficiency

NW Energy Coalition, Feb. 6, 2015.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/lower-load-growth-expectations-for-7th-plan-dont-reduce-importance-of-energy-efficiency/

"Northwest Power and Conservation Council [NPPC]staff expect significantly slower growth in energy demand over the next 20 years than was predicted in the sixth regional power plan five years ago. This preliminary projection marks a critical step in the Council’s development of the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan."

Nuclear Still Delivers

Public Power, Jan./Feb. 2015, by Alice Clamp.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=42901

"From an electricity source that was 'too cheap to meter' to a long-awaited but elusive renaissance, nuclear energy has remained a viable generating resource. In Europe, the picture is mixed. The United Kingdom is building new nuclear plants, while Germany will close all of its currently operating nuclear plants by 2022. In the United States, nuclear power plants produce roughly one-fifth of the nation’s power. Within the public power community, nuclear energy accounts for about 8 percent of electricity generation."

Method for Assessing and Selecting New Small Hydro Technology

Hydro Review, Nov. 2014, by Quin Fen (Katherine) Zhang, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-9/articles/method-for-assessing-and-selecting-new-small-hydro-technology.html

"With significant development potential available at small run-of-river sites and non-powered dams in the U.S., the authors propose a software program to help interested parties choose the best type of technology to install at these sites."

Almost All U.S. Nuclear Plants Require Life Extension Past 60 Years to Operate Beyond 2050

Energy Information Administration, Dec. 8, 2014.
http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=19091

"When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. These reactors may now operate for a total period of 60 years."

Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Power Magazine, Oct. 2014, by Sonal Patel and Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/prepare-your-renewable-plant-for-cold-weather-operations/

"Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid most problems."
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