October 12, 2017
Engineer in a coal power plant control room in front of DCS screens

Qualifications of Operating Personnel in the Power Industry

July 16, 2018
Steam and Water Piping in Thermal Power Plant

Gas Turbine Training

There are a wide variety of gas turbines in service and planned in the power utility industry.  That variety includes: Age – from the early 1970s […]
June 25, 2018
Steam Turbine Generator in a power plant

VARs Explained in 300 Words, Without Equations or Vector Analysis

June 22, 2018
Power Station at Dusk

Coal and Fossil Fuel Plant Emissions Controls

Many would say that the coal industry is under attack.  The Environmental Protection Agency, politicians, the media, etc., are all trying to make coal clean.  The […]
June 12, 2018
Silhouette of Engineers Shaking Hands in front of High Voltage Power Lines

Emissions Targets and De-Carbonization Drive

In August of 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put into effect a Clean Power Plan (CPP) as an emission guideline for states to follow in […]
June 4, 2018

Cooling Tower Factors: Dry & Wet Bulb Temperature, Range, and Approach

When asked, most operators will provide the purpose of a cooling tower: to reduce the temperature of water to the lowest practicable point.  Pressed on the […]
June 1, 2018
Combined Cycle Plant with red and yellow piping and blue sky

Issues with Training and Qualification Jobs for Combined Cycle Plants

Cost Justification Justifying training and qualification programs for operators in combined cycle power plants is difficult in comparison to older coal-fired Rankine cycle power plants.  One […]
May 21, 2018
Two Oil and Gas Workers in front of Combined Cycle Plant piping

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Your Facility

The most important part of any facility’s technical documentation must come in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  Operator error is the most common type of […]
May 14, 2018
Industrial Utility Plant at Night

Analyzing Data to Improve Operational Readiness

Collection and analysis of data is key to improving efficiency in power plant operations and thus, maximizing profits. Power plant operators frequently record data on logs […]