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Engineering Group: American Gas Turbines Will Remain Relevant But Need Advancement

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:26:45 +0000

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Given current trends, the U.S. gas turbine industry is set to play a critically important role in power generation, aircraft propulsion, and the oil and gas industry “for decades to come,” but it could benefit from prioritized research and development (R&D) and technological leadership, a new publication from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and […]

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Dominion Latest to Set Net-Zero Carbon Goal

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 11:46:06 +0000

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Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Energy has joined a growing list of power companies establishing net-zero emissions targets. The company, which has more than 7 million electricity and natural gas customers in 18 states, said it intends to reach its carbon dioxide and methane reduction goals by 2050. Under the net-zero framework, the company is committing to […]

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Why Do People Choose Careers in Engineering? [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:44:16 +0000

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Do you want to solve important problems, contribute to society, and help people? Well, then, you may want to become an engineer. At least that’s why some successful engineers have said they entered and persist in the occupation, according to a recent study published by DiscoverE, an engineering outreach organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. The […]

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Nuclear a Major Focus in Trump’s Latest Budget Request—and 8 Other Takeaways

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 00:23:04 +0000

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Yucca Mountain, the 1987 Congressionally appointed deep geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel (SNF), may be officially dead; transmission assets held by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and three Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) will be put up for sale; and hundreds of millions of dollars in unobligated balances for flagship programs like the Advanced Research […]

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The POWER Interview: Exelon Discusses Digitalization

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2020 21:21:46 +0000

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Digitization in the power generation sector continues to expand. Its goal in simple terms—providing easy access to data for power plant operators and engineers, enabling the use of advanced analytics to improve equipment performance and efficiency—has resulted in reduced operating costs for utilities, and also has enhanced plant safety. POWER’s upcoming Connected Plant Conference, set […]

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DOE Announces Additional $64 Million for Clean Coal Projects

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2020 18:21:31 +0000

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $64 million in additional funding for research and development of smaller, more efficient, and cleaner coal plants. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette on Feb. 7 announced the money would be part of the DOE’s “Coal FIRST Initiative,” telling the audience at an Atlantic Council meeting Friday in Washington, […]

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POWER Notebook: A Week of Trials and Triumphs for Nuclear

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:31:27 +0000

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The past week saw interesting developments worldwide for nuclear new builds, small modular reactors (SMRs), and advanced nuclear fuel. Highlighted here: A third U.S. utility will use Framatome’s ATRIUM 11 fuel design; Barakah 1 in the United Arab Emirates is on the cusp of startup; South Africa’s Eskom said it wants to dispose of PBMR […]

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After Long History, Paradise Coal Plant Ceases Operation

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2020 14:58:22 +0000

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The generator breaker for Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) Paradise Unit 3 was opened on Feb. 1, removing the coal-fired power plant from service for the final time after 50 years of operation. Notably, TVA retiree Jim Chappell performed the task. Chappell was the electrical control wing operator who originally placed Unit 3 in service. The […]

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