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POWER magazine was established in 1882 and is the premier publication serving the power generation industry. POWER has more than 65,000 subscribers and its website received more than 3.6 million pageviews over the past year. The POWER Podcast is one of the newest channels used to reach the POWER audience.

POWER magazine was established in 1882 and is the premier publication serving the power generation industry. POWER has more than 65,000 subscribers and its website received more than 3.6 million pageviews over the past year. The POWER Podcast is one of the newest channels used to reach the POWER audience.
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POWER magazine was established in 1882 and is the premier publication serving the power generation industry. POWER has more than 65,000 subscribers and its website received more than 3.6 million pageviews over the past year. The POWER Podcast is one of the newest channels used to reach the POWER audience.

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What Can You Do with a Superconductor? A Lot! - Daniel McGahn

9/12/2019
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What Can You Do with a Superconductor? A Lot! [PODCAST] What is a superconductor? One definition says, “a material that can conduct electricity or transport electrons from one atom to another with no resistance.” “At the base physics level, what a superconductor does is it moves a lot more power per unit volume or per unit weight, so you have a very high energy-dense material that can move lots of power,” Daniel McGahn, CEO of American Superconductor (AMSC), explained as a guest on The POWER...

Duration:00:20:46

Engineering a World-Class Gas Turbine - Don Brandt

9/4/2019
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Engineering a World-Class Gas Turbine. GE introduced the F-class gas turbine to the power industry nearly 30 years ago. Since that time, more than 1,500 F-class machines have operated for more than 54 million hours. With available outputs ranging from 51 MW for a GE 6F.01 simple cycle unit to more than 1,000 MW for a 3x1 7F.05-based combined cycle plant, the F-class is a versatile workhorse around the world. Don Brandt, former manager of GE gas turbine engineering, has been called the father...

Duration:00:41:06

Large Public Power Systems Are Evolving - John Di Stasio

8/29/2019
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Large Public Power Systems Are Evolving. The power grid is changing across the U.S. More distributed energy resources are being added every day. That brings challenges for power utilities, but also opportunities. John Di Stasio, president of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), which represents 27 of the largest locally governed and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the U.S., was a guest on The POWER Podcast and discussed how the changes are affecting his organizations members....

Duration:00:13:08

How Nevada Is Leading the Renewable Energy and Battery Storage Charge-Curt Ledford

8/5/2019
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Renewable energy and battery storage are hot topics in the U.S. today. Lawmakers throughout the country debated various new energy policies during the 2019 legislative session. Nevada is among the states leading the way forward. Several new laws were passed in the state that will affect power companies and consumers for years to come. Curt Ledford, a Nevada-based attorney who is a partner with Davison Van Cleve PC, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. Ledford’s practice is focused on utility,...

Duration:00:25:02

Worried About Climate Change? Save Nuclear Plants - Carol Browner

7/26/2019
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Nuclear power advocates suggest there are many benefits associated with nuclear energy. They point to high-paying jobs; billions of dollars in economic activity for plant-hosting communities; and secure, reliable, baseload electricity. But the most-important benefit of nuclear power may be that it emits no greenhouse gases, and therefore, does not contribute to climate change. According to Nuclear Matters, a national coalition that works to inform the public and policymakers about the...

Duration:00:10:28

Reversing Climate Change with Nuclear Power - Bret Kugelmass

7/18/2019
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Reversing Climate Change with Nuclear Power. According to the Energy Impact Center, a Washington, D.C.-based research institute focused on deep decarbonization, CO2 emissions “must go net-negative by 2040, globally across all energy sectors” to begin countering climate change. The only way it sees to accomplish this is to “produce energy inexpensive enough to make carbon negative fuels that compete with fossil fuels on a global market without tax or subsidy,” and it says nuclear fission is...

Duration:00:15:43

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Costs Down, Benefits Up - Tony Cooper

7/3/2019
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Lithium-Ion Batteries: Costs Down, Benefits Up [PODCAST] The price of lithium-ion batteries has plummeted over the past decade. Battery pack prices averaged $1,160 per kWh in 2010, according to BloombergNEF, but they dropped to $176 per kWh last year, and experts suggest they could be less than $100 by 2024. Tony Cooper, general manager of Green Cubes Technology’s Motive division, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. He explained why prices have been coming down. “Basically, the production...

Duration:00:16:43

How to Monitor and Predict Operational Performance with Digital Analytics - Dhollander & Petrosyan

6/26/2019
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How to Monitor and Predict Operational Performance with Digital Analytics. Power plants are capturing operational data in ever-increasing amounts. However, analyzing all the data can be challenging. A number of tools are available that can help. In this episode of The POWER Podcast, two experts from one technology provider explain how big data can be analyzed to identify trends and create actionable information to solve production issues. Their company’s solution allows users to troubleshoot...

Duration:00:31:28

Future May Not Be as Rosy as It Seems for Natural Gas-Tom Baker and Alex Dewar

6/13/2019
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The natural gas industry is doing quite well and the future looks bright to many observers. “We’re at a really great moment for the natural gas industry in the U.S. Production is growing dramatically. Shale continues to provide tremendous improvements technologically, bringing the cost down and growing the production, extending access to U.S. gas. At the same time, the shift from coal to gas-fired power generation is in full swing and the U.S. is in the midst of a significant boom in LNG...

Duration:00:34:18

Power Company Business Models Are Evolving - Aaron Zahn - JEA

5/29/2019
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Power Company Business Models Are Evolving The power industry is changing and power companies must evolve to stay competitive. Many businesses are transitioning from vertically integrated, centralized utility structures to more-distributed models. JEA offers a good case in point. JEA is a not-for-profit, community-owned utility located in Jacksonville, Florida. It serves an estimated 466,000 electric, 348,000 water, 271,000 sewer, and 11,000 reclaimed water customers. Aaron Zahn, managing...

Duration:00:20:29

Industrial Gas Turbine Demand Grows - Reed Lengel

5/16/2019
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When it comes to gas turbines, size matters. Although the market for large, heavy-duty gas turbines has been challenging in recent years, demand for industrial gas turbines—generally units with output ranging from about 5 MW to 100 MW—has been growing, according to Reed Lengel, product line manager for SCC-800 solutions with Siemens Energy. “When you really dig into it,” Lengel said, speaking as a guest on The POWER Podcast, “there’s actually been pretty significant improvements—or growth in...

Duration:00:26:40

Control Your Own Destiny with Combined Heat and Power Systems - Bill Castor

5/9/2019
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Control Your Own Destiny with Combined Heat and Power Systems Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the concurrent production of electricity or mechanical power and useful thermal energy (heating and/or cooling) from a single source of energy. Although it may not be widely recognized outside of industrial, commercial, institutional, and utility circles, CHP has been providing highly efficient electricity and process heat to some of the most vital industries, urban...

Duration:00:28:09

Working with Peers Is Critical to Power System Reliability - William Doering

3/29/2019
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Working with Peers Is Critical to Power System Reliability. When conversations around the power industry turn to computer hacking, more often than not experts say it’s not a question of if, but rather, how systems have been compromised. William Doering, adjunct professor in the John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville University and a director with Guidehouse—a management consulting services provider—said he has participated in various discussions on how to cleanse infection and how to...

Duration:00:24:43

Trump Ended War on Fossil Fuels, but Focus Needed on CCS - Barry Worthington

3/22/2019
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Trump Ended War on Fossil Fuels, but Focus Needed on CCS. The United States Energy Association (USEA) is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations, and government agencies that helps increase understanding of the world’s energy issues. Barry Worthington has been the executive director of the USEA for more than 30 years. During that time, he has seen the association grow from a two-person, $200,000-a-year operation to an organization with 25 employees and...

Duration:00:42:44

How a Major Resort Owner Manages Its Power - Henry Shields

3/20/2019
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How a Major Resort Owner Manages Its Power. MGM Resorts International took a bold step in 2016 when it ended its energy-buying relationship with NV Energy and instead chose to purchase electricity from private providers. The company’s decision was driven by a desire to slash bills and boost renewables. Henry Shields, executive director of finance and analysis in the Corporate Sustainability division of MGM Resorts International, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. Shields will be a keynote...

Duration:00:13:43

An Inside Look at a State-of-the-Art Training Facility - Royce Peters

3/9/2019
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Royce Peters, senior technical coordinator for the Carpenters International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. The ITC is the largest and most-comprehensive training facility of its kind in the world. Following the completion of phase six of construction in 2018, the center now has more than 1.2 million square feet under-roof. Peters listed some of the unique training tools available at the facility, including a Frame 7 gas turbine, a 64-MW steam...

Duration:00:25:17

FERC and Cybersecurity: It's Complicated - Carol Holahan

2/28/2019
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Carol Holahan, counsel in Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech practice, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. Holahan advises large regional generators and other participants in the wholesale and retail competitive electricity markets on policy initiatives, changing environmental regulations, decommissioning and sale of plants, and matters pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During her interview, Holahan explained some of the differences between natural gas pipeline and...

Duration:00:19:56

Prepare for More Distributed Energy Resources - Paul DeCotis

2/5/2019
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Prepare for More Distributed Energy Resources. Paul DeCotis, senior director in West Monroe Partners’ Energy and Utilities practice, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. West Monroe, in partnership with Greentech Media, conducted a survey of more than 1,700 utility customers, 140 utility executives and managers, and more than two dozen regulators in major markets across North America. Its findings were released in a report titled Planning for a Distributed Energy Future. Interestingly, 92% of...

Duration:00:35:09

Community Solar Power Offers the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ - Laura Stern

1/25/2019
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Community Solar Power Offers the ‘Best of Both Worlds.’ Laura Stern, co-founder and president of Nautilus Solar Energy, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. Founded in 2006, Nautilus is a leading acquirer, developer, and operator of community solar projects. During the past five months, the company has acquired community solar projects in Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple community subscribers who...

Duration:00:19:35

Insider Bullish on Renewable Energy Industry - Izzet Bensusan

1/21/2019
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Izzet Bensusan, managing partner and founder of Captona, a North American-focused investment company that specializes in power generation and energy infrastructure, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. He is very bullish on the renewable energy industry for a variety of reasons. For instance, Bensusan said renewable energy is growing at more than 20% around the world because companies behind the technology are making it more efficient, cheaper, and better. He suggested new renewable generation...

Duration:00:23:22