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

Qualifications of Operating Personnel in the Power Industry

September 4, 2018
Silhouette of Engineers Shaking Hands in front of High Voltage Power Lines

Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency

What are grid reliability and grid resiliency? Most of us understand grid reliability to be the ability of the power system to deliver electricity in the […]
August 28, 2018

Characteristics of Coal

What is Coal? The word coal describes many different types of rocklike materials, which contain complex hydrocarbons and organic compounds in varying mixtures. It is important […]
August 20, 2018
Experienced Power Plant Worker with Valve for Training

Watchstanding Principles: Standing an Active, Thoughtful Watch

When shift changeover happens and the off-going crew leaves, does the oncoming shift have a plan for the shift?  If a procedure is in progress, does […]
August 15, 2018
Industrial Power Plant with Smokestack

Mercury Removal from Coal-Fired Powered Plants

Coal is a mined material.  Because it naturally occurs, it has a lot of contaminants that are mined with the coal.  Radioactive isotopes, silica, arsenic, chromium, […]
August 6, 2018
Solar Panels in Sunlight for Power Generation

Thermal Energy Storage Systems

Thermal Energy Storage Systems are used to collect thermal energy and use that the energy at a later time for heating, cooling, or power generation.  These […]
July 26, 2018
Rendered image of a power plant control room

Control Systems Training and Operational Excellence

Operational excellence is a term that has been used for some time to describe a business philosophy of producing consistent, reliable results.  Operational excellence programs can […]
July 20, 2018
Older worker teaching younger worker as part of a Power Plant Training Program

The Path to Better Maintenance Qualifications & Procedures

I recently saw a poster in a buddy’s garage that said, “Every 20-minute job is a broken bolt away from becoming a 3-day ordeal” and I […]
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 […]