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    July 1, 2020
    Siemens’ Roadmap to 100% Hydrogen Gas Turbines

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    Aligning with a target set by European industry association EUTurbines, Siemens Gas and Power in January 2019 rolled out an ambitious roadmap to ramp up the hydrogen capability in all its gas turbine models to
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    July 1, 2020
    Technology in Construction: Choosing and Implementing Solutions

    The post Technology in Construction: Choosing and Implementing Solutions appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    In Part I of this three-part series, which was published in the May 2020 issue of POWER and titled “Technology in Construction: Predicting and Adapting to Change,” recent trends in technology adoption
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    June 30, 2020
    School Bell Project Sponsored by California LMCC

    School Bell Project Sponsored by California LMCC
    hsauer
    Tue, 06/30/2020 - 16:20 Jun 2020 School Bell Project Sponsored by California LMCC This year, the Salinas High School in Salinas, Calif., celebrated its 100th anniversary, and to mark the special occasion, the bells in the school’s bell tower, which haven’t worked for the last 30 years, rung out to mark the occasion. “They had become very old, even ancient, technology and were so old that they couldn’t even be repaired”, said Jerri Champlin, executive manager of NECA’s Monterey Bay California Chapter in Salinas. Looking at the opportunities...

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    June 30, 2020
    Waste-to-Hydrogen Project Set for California

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    A California company that produces renewable hydrogen has joined with a Louisiana construction group on a project to build a modular waste-to-hydrogen production facility. Ways2H, based in Long Beach, California, and Ford, Bacon & Davis, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based engineering, procurement, and construction firm, on June 30 announced a joint effort to design and build […]
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    June 29, 2020
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index Falls

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index Falls
    hfullmer
    Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:03 Jun 2020 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index Falls According to the Q2 2020 USG Corporation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index report, the index plunged from 74 (out of a possible 100) in Q1 to 56 in Q2. In addition, two of the three main indicators fell significantly: new business confidence (contractors’ overall level of confidence) dropped from 76 to 50, and revenue (contractors’ revenue expectations over the next 12 months) dropped from 70 to 44. The third indicator (backlog) only...

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    June 26, 2020
    Colorado Utility Will Close Last Two Coal Plants

    The post Colorado Utility Will Close Last Two Coal Plants appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Two coal plants operated by Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) will close early after the agency’s board voted June 26 to retire the facilities. The move will leave Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility, as the only group still operating coal-fired units in the state after 2030. The CSU board in a 7-2 vote Friday decided to […]
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    June 25, 2020
    Pennsylvania Site Latest Gas Plant Online in Building Surge

    The post Pennsylvania Site Latest Gas Plant Online in Building Surge appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Gas-fired power generation in the U.S. remains the top source of electricity production, even as renewable energy continues to take market share. A POWER analysis of projects shows nearly 180 gas-fired units are either under construction or in development nationwide, with more than 2,000 gas-fired plants currently in operation. One of the most-recent plants to […]
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    June 25, 2020
    NFPA Launches Podcast for Professionals

    NFPA Launches Podcast for Professionals
    hsauer
    Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:07 Jun 2020 NFPA Launches Podcast for Professionals As a way to help professionals stay up to date on the fast-paced world of electrical, fire and life safety, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) launched a twice-monthly podcast earlier this month. Founded in 1896, the NFPA is a global, self-funded, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The podcasts feature in-depth interviews on fire, electrical and life safety. “The new podcast follows the same journalistic style that was...

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    June 25, 2020
    NRC Accepts Crucial Advanced Nuclear Applications from Centrus, Oklo

    The post NRC Accepts Crucial Advanced Nuclear Applications from Centrus, Oklo appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on June 23 accepted for formal review Centrus Energy Corp.’s application to produce high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) at its Piketon, Ohio, facility. The move marks a third major regulatory milestone for advanced nuclear over the past month. The NRC’s acceptance of Centrus’ application follows a 4-0 vote by the commission on […]
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    June 25, 2020
    Three Big Players Work Together on Bulgarian Nuclear Plant

    The post Three Big Players Work Together on Bulgarian Nuclear Plant appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom is working with Paris-based Framatome and GE Steam Power, which is headquartered in the U.S., to secure contracts to construct the Belene nuclear power plant in northern Bulgaria near the Danube River, which forms the country’s border with Romania. An On-Again Off-Again History The Belene project has a long […]
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    June 25, 2020
    Hydrogen Fueling Turbines at Japan Refinery

    The post Hydrogen Fueling Turbines at Japan Refinery appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    A pilot hydrogen project has begun providing fuel for the gas turbines at a facility near Tokyo, Japan. Chiyoda Corp. on June 25 said the project using imported hydrogen is now powering generators at the Toa Oil Co. refinery in Kawasaki. Chiyoda, along with Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui & Co., and Nippon Yusen, has been working […]
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    June 24, 2020
    Rural Electric Cooperatives Get Big Money to Improve Infrastructure

    The post Rural Electric Cooperatives Get Big Money to Improve Infrastructure appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it will provide loans and loan guarantees to rural electric cooperatives and utilities to build or improve infrastructure in 21 states. The funding was announced on June 22 and amounts to more than $1.6 billion, including nearly $386 million for investments in smart grid technology, which uses digital […]
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    June 24, 2020
    Infrastructure Plan Supports Solar Power, Energy Storage

    The post Infrastructure Plan Supports Solar Power, Energy Storage appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Energy industry analysts have said government support will be needed to help the sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that includes measures to help the solar and energy storage industries. The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill introduced in the House on June 22, known as […]
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    June 24, 2020
    Solar Power Station Built on top of Massachusetts Superfund Site

    Solar Power Station Built on top of Massachusetts Superfund Site
    hfullmer
    Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:29 Jun 2020 Solar Power Station Built on top of Massachusetts Superfund Site One person’s trash is another person’s location for a solar power station. A 5.8 megawatt ground-mounted solar array project located on the Nyanza Chemical Waste Dump Superfund Site in Ashland, Mass. was completed and connected to the grid in January. The clean energy produced from the solar array will support the town of Ashland. The electricity is generated by two separate solar arrays, one constructed on the landfill cap and one...

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    June 24, 2020
    Big Lift for Newly Launched Siemens Gamesa 14-MW Offshore Wind Turbine

    The post Big Lift for Newly Launched Siemens Gamesa 14-MW Offshore Wind Turbine appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has conditionally received an order for 100 units of its newly launched SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine model—one of the largest wind turbine models ever introduced to date. The 14-MW units are to be installed at innogy’s proposed 1.4-GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK starting in 2024. […]
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    June 23, 2020
    How AI is Making Virtual Home Energy Audits a Reality

    The post How AI is Making Virtual Home Energy Audits a Reality appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    One of the most dramatic lifestyle and business outcomes of the pandemic has been the acceleration of digitalization and online engagement. Tasks and interactions once predominantly conducted in-person have moved online, and digital and virtual lifestyles are normalizing. For utilities and energy retailers, this evolution has sparked the need to drive a more resilient approach […]
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    June 21, 2020
    Judge Approves PG&E Bankruptcy Exit

    The post Judge Approves PG&E Bankruptcy Exit appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    A federal judge in California has approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to exit bankruptcy, clearing the way for the utility to compensate victims of a series of wildfires in the state that left more than 100 people dead in 2017 and 2018.  The action by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali on June 20 authorized […]
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    June 17, 2020
    Siemens Gamesa Has New Head After Terminating CEO

    The post Siemens Gamesa Has New Head After Terminating CEO appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced Andreas Nauen, who has led the growth of the company’s offshore wind power business, is taking over leadership of the company after the board of directors and CEO Markus Tacke “mutally agreed to terminate” Tacke’s contract. SGRE made the announcement June 17, saying Nauen immediately will assume the […]
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    June 17, 2020
    Colorado Utility Will Close Coal Plant 16 Years Early

    The post Colorado Utility Will Close Coal Plant 16 Years Early appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    A Colorado-based electric utility owned by the four communities it serves announced it will close its remaining coal-fired plant by the end of the decade, a facility that had a planned retirement date of 2046. The Platte River Power Authority on June 16 said the 280-MW Unit 1 at its Rawhide Energy Station near Fort […]
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    June 16, 2020
    PG&E Pleads Guilty in 84 Wildfire Deaths

    The post PG&E Pleads Guilty in 84 Wildfire Deaths appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for its role in a 2018 wildfire considered the most devastating in California history. The Camp Fire, which began when a transmission line broke from an aged PG&E tower, destroyed the town of Paradise. The utility on Tuesday acknowledged its negligence […]
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    June 16, 2020
    OPG Becomes First Utility to Snag Ownership Stake in Nuclear Microreactor Project

    The post OPG Becomes First Utility to Snag Ownership Stake in Nuclear Microreactor Project appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Marking the first time a utility has taken an ownership stake in a small modular reactor (SMR) project, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) formed a joint venture with Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. (USNC) to build, own, and operate a proposed Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) demonstration at the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) site in Ontario, Canada.  […]
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    June 12, 2020
    Plummeting Costs Propel Renewables Into Parity With Coal

    Plummeting Costs Propel Renewables Into Parity With Coal
    hsauer
    Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:49 Jun 2020 Plummeting Costs Propel Renewables Into Parity With Coal Despite their popularity and growth, renewables have been fighting against the low costs of fossil fuels for decades. Like a long run of clear skies and powerful winds, a number of factors have been working in their favor, and the industry has been enjoying a steady decline in prices that is raising hopes for expanded market share. According to a recent report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), renewables have experienced plunging prices...

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    June 11, 2020
    Power Line Management in the Time of Coronavirus

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    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has put communities on lockdown and created a need for social distancing. Many are staying at home, but that’s not an option for the frontline workers running critical power transmission infrastructure and keeping the lights on. How can utilities keep up with their operational and safety obligations with a reduced onsite […]
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    June 11, 2020
    Hydrogen May Be a Lifeline for Nuclear—But It Won’t Be Easy

    The post Hydrogen May Be a Lifeline for Nuclear—But It Won’t Be Easy appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Four U.S. nuclear generators—Energy Harbor, Xcel Energy, Exelon, and Arizona Public Service (APS)—are making headway on projects to demonstrate hydrogen production at nuclear plants, but scaling those efforts up to net new end-users and sources of revenue is still ridden with hurdles, company officials said in a panel discussion at the American Nuclear Society’s (ANS’s) […]
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    June 9, 2020
    Another Court Challenge for Nuclear Waste Storage Site

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    Another legal challenge has been filed against the ongoing effort to build a storage site for U.S. nuclear waste in the New Mexico desert. Beyond Nuclear, among the environmental and other groups opposed to the project that would be built by Holtec International, on June 4 filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court […]
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    June 9, 2020
    Designing the Office of the Future

    Designing the Office of the Future
    hfullmer
    Tue, 06/09/2020 - 10:35 Jun 2020 Designing the Office of the Future What will the office of the future look like and how will it affect fire alarm system design? I recently read a prediction by Steelcase, a manufacturer of office equipment, stating what the company foresees: more flexible offices with an increase in shared space to allow more collaboration. However, with many employees now comfortably working from home during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the vision for the future office becomes even murkier and harder to predict.   If the flexible and...

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    June 9, 2020
    Pro Tips: Order up!

    Pro Tips: Order up!
    hfullmer
    Tue, 06/09/2020 - 10:21 Jun 2020 Pro Tips: Order up! First Place Scoop it all up For loose screws hiding at the bottom of my tool belt, I leave a magnet in the pouch to gather them up. It makes it easier to get them out and prevents them from rolling out if I put the belt down at an odd angle. I also tend to attach one to what I’m working on to grab the screws as I disassemble things. And lastly, by grabbing the magnet in my needle-nose, I have an...

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    June 9, 2020
    Vogtle Project ‘Highly Unlikely’ to Meet Deadlines

    The post Vogtle Project ‘Highly Unlikely’ to Meet Deadlines appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    An official monitoring the progress of the Vogtle nuclear expansion project in Georgia said in testimony filed June 5 with the state’s Public Service Commission that the two new reactors are “highly unlikely” to meet state-approved deadlines, and also will probably have additional cost overruns. The expansion project involves construction of two, 1,100-MW AP1000 reactors […]
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    June 8, 2020
    The POWER Interview: Modernizing the Grid with DERs

    The post The POWER Interview: Modernizing the Grid with DERs appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Energy industry experts have for years talked about the need to modernize the power grid. The focus can be on replacing and upgrading infrastructure, improving the efficiency of power delivery through digitization and smart grid technologies, or on the dispatch of renewable energy resources. Often, it’s all of the above. Industry analysts know that a […]
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    June 8, 2020
    Working Al Fresco: The outdoor office concept

    Working Al Fresco: The outdoor office concept
    hsauer
    Mon, 06/08/2020 - 15:05 Jun 2020 Working Al Fresco: The outdoor office concept The great outdoors is becoming an option for office workers as four walls disappear for those who want fresh air and sky to feed performance, collaboration and wellness. Providing wired and wireless power to make this possible takes some planning and creativity. A prime example of the outdoor office concept is at biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, headquartered in Foster City, Calif., south of San Francisco. It features fully developed open-air office spaces. The firm is working with...

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    June 8, 2020
    Using Geospatial Data to Strengthen the Grid Against Extreme Weather

    The post Using Geospatial Data to Strengthen the Grid Against Extreme Weather appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Extreme weather events are hitting more often and harder than ever before, and storm-hardening regulations are prompting utilities to strengthen the electrical grid to withstand storm-force winds. As part of this effort, leading utilities are using drone-based data collection and analysis to assess how their electrical grids can withstand Mother Nature’s punishment. Aerial robotics and […]
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    June 8, 2020
    Fishing Tools

    Fishing Tools
    hsauer
    Mon, 06/08/2020 - 12:01 Jun 2020 Fishing Tools Whether its electric wire pulled through conduit or wall space or voice/data/video cable placed below subfloors or above a suspended ceiling, special tools simplify the work. Today’s fish tapes don’t look much different than older models, but internal improvements make the tape pay out and reel in smoother. Fish sticks and poles are made of a variety of materials, some have LED lights or cameras on the tips, and there are specialized accessories to fit varied applications. Meanwhile, pulling lubricant facilitates pulling or pushing wire...

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    June 8, 2020
    Neutral and Grounded

    Neutral and Grounded
    hsauer
    Mon, 06/08/2020 - 12:01 Jun 2020 Neutral and Grounded The grounded conductor at the service provides two essential functions for the premises wiring system. The first is to serve as a current-carrying conductor for the load supplied. Second, it functions as the intentionally constructed, low-impedance and effective ground-fault current path during a ground-fault event as addressed in Section 250.4(A)(5). This is an essential element of effective overcurrent protective device operation for any ground fault that occurs in grounded systems. This is why 250.24(C) requires that the grounded conductor be brought to a...

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    June 8, 2020
    Wire Away: Mayberry Electric takes on surgery center conversion

    Wire Away: Mayberry Electric takes on surgery center conversion
    hsauer
    Mon, 06/08/2020 - 12:01 Jun 2020 Wire Away: Mayberry Electric takes on surgery center conversion Mayberry Electric, Atlanta, performed electrical work for a project that converted a two-story building that previously was a bank into a medical surgery center in Sandy Springs, Ga., just north of Atlanta. Advanced Urology owns the building. Electrical design was done by engineering firm Shepherd, Harvey and Associates. The new surgery center contains multiple exam rooms, two operating rooms, pre-op and post-op areas, nurse stations, a conference room, waiting rooms and...

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    June 4, 2020
    World’s First Integrated Hydrogen Power-to-Power Demonstration Launched

    The post World’s First Integrated Hydrogen Power-to-Power Demonstration Launched appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    A consortium of European companies, research institutes, and universities have launched the world’s first demonstration of a fully integrated power-to-hydrogen-to-power project, at industrial scale and in a real-world power plant application. The four-year project to demonstrate HYFLEXPOWER, which has achieved a technology readiness level of 7, will convert a 12-MWe combined heat and power (CHP) […]
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    June 4, 2020
    The POWER Podcast

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    The POWER Podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, iHeart, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and some other podcast apps. Follow the links below to subscribe via your favorite platform: Apple Podcasts Google Play Music Spotify iHeart Stitcher TuneIn SoundCloud The POWER Podcast Archive: Tips for Check Valve Selection and Installation Interview with Noah […]
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    June 2, 2020
    The New Reality: Don’t Ignore the Black Swan Events

    The post The New Reality: Don’t Ignore the Black Swan Events appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    It is human nature to avoid spending money on preparations for an event that may never happen. However, as we all continue to adapt to a COVID-19 world, there is a new awareness of low probability, high impact events. If the consequences of a statistically unlikely event are devastating to the economy, the survival of […]
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    June 1, 2020
    How Construction Might Emerge After Coronavirus

    How Construction Might Emerge After Coronavirus
    hsauer
    Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:30 May 2020 How Construction Might Emerge After Coronavirus A new report from McKinsey & Company, “How Construction Can Emerge Stronger After Coronavirus,” noted that while the pandemic is causing significant problems in construction, there are some strategies to address the challenges now and into the future. “In this difficult time, construction matters more than ever,” the report said. “From building hospitals in just a few days to donating lifesaving equipment, the industry has played a critical role in responding to the crisis and in the recovery. The...

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    June 1, 2020
    Rethinking Wastewater Treatment for Better FGD Economics

    The post Rethinking Wastewater Treatment for Better FGD Economics appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    POWER’s 2020 Water Award goes to Saltworks Technologies for successfully piloting a novel application of a 50-year-old technology at a coal plant. The company’s solution promises to slash costs of treating
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    June 1, 2020
    Smart Neighborhood Wins Smart Grid Award

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    Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood integrates a microgrid into a community filled with high-performance homes containing energy-efficient systems and connected appliances. The innovative initiative, which
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    June 1, 2020
    Power Project Provides Shelter from the Storm

    The post Power Project Provides Shelter from the Storm appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Dozens of microgrids are deployed at schools across Puerto Rico, bringing reliable, resilient power to the island. The project, featuring solar plus storage, is an important part of the region’s recovery
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    June 1, 2020
    Fusion Energy Is Coming, and Maybe Sooner Than You Think

    The post Fusion Energy Is Coming, and Maybe Sooner Than You Think appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    The joke about fusion energy is that it’s 30 years away and always will be. But significant recent advances in fusion science and technology could potentially put the first fusion power on the grid as soon
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    June 1, 2020
    Record-Low Solar Prices Drive Middle East Projects

    The post Record-Low Solar Prices Drive Middle East Projects appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Abu Dhabi Power Corp. (ADPower) in late April announced what it called the lowest-ever cost-competitive tariff for a solar photovoltaic (PV) project, a few months after a project in Dubai made that claim for
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    May 28, 2020
    [VIDEO] POWER Insights: Nuclear Reactor with 3D-Printed Core Slated for Operation in 2023

    The post [VIDEO] POWER Insights: Nuclear Reactor with 3D-Printed Core Slated for Operation in 2023 appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    In the first installment of POWER’s brand new video interview series, POWER Insights, Kurt Terrani, technical director of the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR) program, talks to POWER Senior Associate Editor Sonal Patel about the innovative microreactor program spearheaded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and project partners, including Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and […]
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    May 27, 2020
    OSHA Training Grants Now Available

    OSHA Training Grants Now Available
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    Wed, 05/27/2020 - 16:21 May 2020 OSHA Training Grants Now Available On May 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants. The grants are available to non-profit organizations only, including labor unions, joint labor/management associations, employer associations, colleges and universities, community and faith-based organizations and American Indian tribes. The Harwood Training Grant program supports in-person, hands-on training for workers and employees in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; and vulnerable workers who are underserved, have limited English proficiency...

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    May 27, 2020
    OSHA Revises Pandemic-Related Enforcement Policies

    OSHA Revises Pandemic-Related Enforcement Policies
    aconstanza
    Wed, 05/27/2020 - 14:22 May 2020 OSHA Revises Pandemic-Related Enforcement Policies On May 19, OSHA adopted revised policies for enforcing its requirements with respect to the coronavirus in response to the transition that states are making to reopen throughout the country. “Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection has improved,” stated OSHA in a press release. “The government and the private sector have taken rapid and evolving measures to slow the virus’s spread, protect employees, and adapt to new ways of doing business.” As a...

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    May 27, 2020
    The POWER Interview: How Modern Control System Technology Is Changing Power Plant Operation

    The post The POWER Interview: How Modern Control System Technology Is Changing Power Plant Operation appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have been commonplace in power plants for decades, but the technology has not been stagnant. Today’s systems are beginning to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to take plant control to a whole new level. To get an insider’s perspective on how these systems […]
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    May 26, 2020
    Siemens Details Spinoff of Energy Business

    The post Siemens Details Spinoff of Energy Business appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    The parent of Siemens Energy on May 26 provided details of the planned spinoff of the company’s energy business, saying 55% of Siemens Energy will be spun off to Siemens’ shareholders. The company said Siemens shareholders would automatically receive one share of Siemens Energy AG for every two shares they own of the parent, Siemens […]
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    May 22, 2020
    Largest U.S. Solar Farm Gets Approval

    Largest U.S. Solar Farm Gets Approval
    aconstanza
    Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:21 May 2020 Largest U.S. Solar Farm Gets Approval On May 11, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) gave final approval for a $1 billion installation in the Nevada desert 33 miles northeast of Las Vegas, which will be the largest solar-powered project in the United States. It is estimated the Gemini Solar Project, which has the financial backing of NV Energy and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, could provide enough power for approximately 260,000 homes, which is enough to cover the residential population of Las Vegas itself. The two...

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    May 21, 2020
    Trump Expands Regulatory Rollback, Including for Power, Amid Economic Fallout

    The post Trump Expands Regulatory Rollback, Including for Power, Amid Economic Fallout appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    President Trump in a new executive order (EO) has directed federal agencies to rescind, modify, waive, or provide exemptions from regulatory requirements that may inhibit economic recovery.  The Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, issued May 19, is sweeping and extends beyond the administration’s previous efforts to scale down regulatory mandates—including the […]
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    May 20, 2020
    IEA Reports Global Energy Demand Could See Historic Drop

    IEA Reports Global Energy Demand Could See Historic Drop
    aconstanza
    Wed, 05/20/2020 - 13:28 May 2020 IEA Reports Global Energy Demand Could See Historic Drop The coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdown has made an enormous dent in global energy demand, and the cumulative effects from a slow recovery and a possible second wave could be substantial, according a report by the International Energy Association (IEA). In fact, the impact from this “once-in-a-century crisis” for 2020 could be more than seven times larger than the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on global energy demand, the IEA projects. “Looking...

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    May 19, 2020
    Adam Ashton: General Superintendent, Forest Electric

    Adam Ashton: General Superintendent, Forest Electric
    aconstanza
    Tue, 05/19/2020 - 15:53 May 2020 Adam Ashton: General Superintendent, Forest Electric In February, Forest Electric, Edison, N.J., celebrated four years without a lost-time injury. Adam Ashton, general superintendent, explains how the company makes safety such a top priority. What’s the secret of your success? It comes from the top down. The [company's] president has 100% bought into safety and pushed it down to our foremen. Another reason why there’s 100% buy-in: safety practices also help boost productivity and quality of work. We have to do a little forward looking on our...

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    May 19, 2020
    Hand Safety

    Hand Safety
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    Tue, 05/19/2020 - 15:33 May 2020 Hand Safety Toolbox Talk is a series of informational guides designed to help contractors hold short safety meetings on the job site. Use the provided discussion questions to help start a safety conversation with your workers. TOOLBOX TALK OBJECTIVES: • Be familiar with the possible job site dangers to the hands. • Be familiar with the different types of gloves available. THE RISKS: Electrical work is very hand-intensive. What would you do on a job site if you couldn’t use your hands? As a result, your hands are at...

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    May 19, 2020
    Making Safety Personal: Electrical accident survivors share their stories

    Making Safety Personal: Electrical accident survivors share their stories
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    Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:24 May 2020 Making Safety Personal: Electrical accident survivors share their stories After surviving an arc flash incident in 2011, Brandon Schroeder started giving safety presentations, sharing his “Believe in Safety” message. Now he discusses safety at companies such as Facebook, Google, Intel and Nike. He was named a top 10 presenter at this year’s National Safety Council conference. At the time of his accident, Schroeder did not have his arc flash suit in his van. “We didn’t get the suits until 2008, and my...

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    May 18, 2020
    Stay Within Sight

    Stay Within Sight
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    Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:14 May 2020 Stay Within Sight Requirements that help remove hazards The National Electrical Code includes more than 60 requirements to install a disconnecting means within sight from equipment. These requirements are safety-driven and ensure that workers and other personnel can open the circuit supplying equipment. This general requirement for providing a means to disconnect to power allows workers to remove hazards—such as electric shock and arc-flash events—if work was done while circuits were energized. Always shut the power off before working on equipment. The NEC rules on to disconnecting means...

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    May 18, 2020
    Cabling Tools

    Cabling Tools
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    Mon, 05/18/2020 - 09:50 May 2020 Cabling Tools Getting wire and cable from the warehouse to the job site and installed to a project’s specifications requires logistical planning, execution and a variety of equipment and tools. Wire can be transported by several methods and managed on-site with specialized equipment including rolling reel carts, racks and stands. Some portable work stations also can store small wire reels. Equipment for managing wire during installation includes fishing tapes and rods, manual and electrical wire pullers and accessories including sheaves, rollers and tension meters. Fish tape and rods are...

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    May 18, 2020
    Pro Tips: Knowing What to Do

    Pro Tips: Knowing What to Do
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    Mon, 05/18/2020 - 07:30 May 2020 Pro Tips: Knowing What to Do First place Know the weight To easily determine how much wire is left on a partial spool, buy a small luggage scale. Weighing a full spool so you can calculate the weight per foot for each wire gauge. We keep one on each truck. The cost savings from being able to efficiently use partial spools will pay for the scales quickly. Even more significant is eliminating the time and frustration that results from having a conductor that is...

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    May 18, 2020
    Family Matters: Electric Service and Supply Co. Lights up L.A.'s Greek Theatre

    Family Matters: Electric Service and Supply Co. Lights up L.A.'s Greek Theatre
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    Mon, 05/18/2020 - 06:57 May 2020 Family Matters: Electric Service and Supply Co. Lights up L.A.'s Greek Theatre How can a small electrical contracting firm flourish in 2020? Turns out by positioning its company in the municipal arena, seeking out community-oriented projects, aligning with manufacturers, staying abreast of the emerging technology and dividing the specialty areas between the crew. That’s been the longtime combined strategy of Electric Service and Supply Co. (ESSCO), Pasadena, Calif. “My father founded the company in 1947 and, today, it’s a...

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    May 15, 2020
    Senators Ask to Extend PTC and ITC to Five Years

    Senators Ask to Extend PTC and ITC to Five Years
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    Fri, 05/15/2020 - 16:36 May 2020 Senators Ask to Extend PTC and ITC to Five Years Renewable energy producers are likely to get an extension to complete new projects and potentially receive federal tax credits in return since many have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle late last month sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking the department to extend the “continuity safe harbor” for both the production tax credit (PTC) and energy investment...

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    May 15, 2020
    PG&E to Pay Largest Penalty Ever For Deadly Wildfires

    PG&E to Pay Largest Penalty Ever For Deadly Wildfires
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    Fri, 05/15/2020 - 15:52 May 2020 PG&E to Pay Largest Penalty Ever For Deadly Wildfires A grim chapter in California history may finally be coming to a close. Its closure should be welcome, if not entirely satisfying, news to all those who were involved. On May 7, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for its role in several deadly wildfires in 2017 and 2018. According to the PUC, its decision “resolves all issues” related to its own investigation...

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    May 15, 2020
    Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: An Opportunity for Utilities

    Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: An Opportunity for Utilities
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    Fri, 05/15/2020 - 14:54 May 2020 Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: An Opportunity for Utilities A new report, “Determining Utility System Value of Demand Flexibility from Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings,” provides information for utilities on how to interact with these facilities to provide power in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. The report is published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with support from State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, which is facilitated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the report, buildings account for...

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    May 15, 2020
    Siemens Launches ‘Most Powerful’ HL-Class Gas Turbine

    The post Siemens Launches ‘Most Powerful’ HL-Class Gas Turbine appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Siemens on May 15 began moving what the company calls its “largest, most powerful, and most efficient heavy-duty gas turbine” from Germany to the UK, where the company will test the equipment for use in a combined cycle power plant. The SGT5-9000 HL turbine, built by Siemens Gas and Power in its Berlin factory, will […]
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    May 14, 2020
    DOE  Launches Program to Demonstrate Advanced Nuclear Reactors Within 5 Years

    The post DOE  Launches Program to Demonstrate Advanced Nuclear Reactors Within 5 Years appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Bolstered by $230 million in Congressionally appropriated funding, the Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) to help U.S.-based private developers of advanced nuclear reactors demonstrate their technology in the U.S. Much anticipated by industry, the program formally established under the Office of Nuclear Energy program on May 14 […]
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    May 14, 2020
    Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs to Get Digital Twins

    The post Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs to Get Digital Twins appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    Nine projects will get $27 million in federal funding to develop digital twin technology for promising advanced nuclear reactor designs—including Kairos, Xe-100, BWRX-300, and the SSR-W—and help achieve a ten-fold reduction in their operations and maintenance (O&M) costs. The funding announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) on May 13 will be furnished under the […]
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    May 12, 2020
    Nuclear Reactor with 3D-Printed Core Slated for Operation in 2023

    The post Nuclear Reactor with 3D-Printed Core Slated for Operation in 2023 appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    A first-of-its-kind nuclear reactor that will use a 3D-printed core, advanced materials, and integrated sensors and controls is on track for completion by 2023. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, work is ramping up to demonstrate the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR), an innovative micro-reactor program spearheaded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and project partners, to include […]
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    May 11, 2020
    U.S. Coal-Fired Generation at Lowest Level Since 1976

    The post U.S. Coal-Fired Generation at Lowest Level Since 1976 appeared first on POWER Magazine.

    U.S. coal-fired power generation last year was at its lowest level since 1976, according to data released May 11 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook report said energy from renewable resources could this year for the first time surpass coal-fired generation in the U.S. The agency […]
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    May 6, 2020
    Executive Order Has Major Ramifications for Utilities

    Executive Order Has Major Ramifications for Utilities
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    Wed, 05/06/2020 - 15:08 Apr 2020 Executive Order Has Major Ramifications for Utilities An executive order signed by President Donald Trump on May 1 has sweeping implications for electric utilities across the nation. Namely placing restrictions on the foreign-supplied components installed on the nation’s electric grid in the name of national security. The report states, “The bulk power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities, because a successful attack on our bulk power system would...

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    March 21, 2020
    Save Power With A Whole House Fan

    Main differences Concerning Whole House Fans and Attic Fans There is a huge difference amongst Gable Attic Fan and a Whole House Fan. A gable attic fan is mounted to 1 of the gable sides of your attic. The fan is used to remove heat from the attic area to be able to limit heat […]

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    February 10, 2020
    New droplet-based electricity generator

    New droplet-based electricity generator: A drop of water generates 140V power, lighting up 100 LED bulbs Generating electricity from raindrops efficiently has gone one step further. A research team led by scientists from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has recently developed a droplet-based electricity generator (DEG), featured with a field-effect transistor (FET)-like structure [...]

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    February 10, 2020
    New Lighting Standard Offers Performance Specifications for LED Lamps

    ROSSLYN, VA —The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published ANSI C78.53-2019 American National Standard for Electric Lamps— Performance Specifications for Direct Replacement LED (Light Emitting Diode) Lamps. This new Standard describes the electrical, mechanical, and photometric characteristics of LED lamps that are direct replacements for existing ANSI standardized non-LED lamps. “This important new Standard identifies [...]

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    February 10, 2020
    New Lighting Standard Offers Performance Specifications for LED Lamps

    ROSSLYN, VA —The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published ANSI C78.53-2019 American National Standard for Electric Lamps— Performance Specifications for Direct Replacement LED (Light Emitting Diode) Lamps. This new Standard describes the electrical, mechanical, and photometric characteristics of LED lamps that are direct replacements for existing ANSI standardized non-LED lamps. “This important new Standard identifies [...]

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    February 10, 2020
    New droplet-based electricity generator

    New droplet-based electricity generator: A drop of water generates 140V power, lighting up 100 LED bulbs Generating electricity from raindrops efficiently has gone one step further. A research team led by scientists from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has recently developed a droplet-based electricity generator (DEG), featured with a field-effect transistor (FET)-like structure [...]

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    March 21, 2020
    Save Power With A Whole House Fan

    Main differences Concerning Whole House Fans and Attic Fans There is a huge difference amongst Gable Attic Fan and a Whole House Fan. A gable attic fan is mounted to 1 of the gable sides of your attic. The fan is used to remove heat from the attic area to be able to limit heat […]

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