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High-speed fire footage reveals key insights for power plant safety

December 6, 2019

Sandia engineers record high energy arcing faults vaporizing electrical equipment. High energy arcing faults are high-power electrical discharges…
Exposure to air pollutants from power plants varies by race, income and geography

November 28, 2019

Many people take electricity for granted — the power to turn on light with the flip of a…
AI Ups Response Time when the Grid Goes Down

August 30, 2019

PNNL researchers develop algorithm to assess electrical grid problems in real time. Trouble on the electric grid might…
New U.S. power plants expected to be mostly natural gas combined-cycle and solar PV

March 13, 2019

EIA’s long-term projections show that most of the electricity generating capacity additions installed in the United States through…
Transitions: Argonne’s pioneering study of nuclear energy future

February 21, 2019

Broad collaborative research effort offers glimpse into the future of nuclear energy. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Plant…
Power blocks in natural gas-fired combined-cycle plants are getting bigger

February 15, 2019

Combined-cycle electric generating systems are combustion and steam turbines that operate in groups commonly referred to as power blocks.…
Most U.S. utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants are 5 megawatts or smaller

February 8, 2019

The United States has more than 2,500 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generating facilities. Most of these power…
EIA now publishes oil stocks at power plant level

January 24, 2019

EIA now publishes data on monthly and yearly plant-level oil stocks at electricity-generating power plants. Power plants that…
Natural gas-burning power plant operations vary during periods of cold weather

January 16, 2019

Power generation in New England and New York is largely dependent on natural gas, which accounts for more…
Water withdrawals by U.S. power plants have been declining

November 13, 2018

Water withdrawals by U.S. thermoelectric power plants reached 52.8 trillion gallons in 2017, continuing a decline in withdrawal…
U.S. nuclear plant outages increased in September after remaining low during summer

October 17, 2018

Electric generation capacity losses as a result of U.S. nuclear plant outages were relatively low during much of…
America’s oldest operating nuclear power plant to retire on Monday

September 17, 2018

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, located 50 miles east of Philadelphia in Forked River, New Jersey, is scheduled…
Study: Large-scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara would increase heat, rain, vegetation

September 7, 2018

Wind and solar farms are known to have local effects on heat, humidity and other factors that may…
Some U.S. electricity generating plants use dry cooling

September 3, 2018

Cooling systems are often the largest source of water use in power plants because of the large amount…
EIA monthly survey tracks U.S. power plant additions

June 26, 2018

Every month, EIA collects information about all utility-scale power plants in the United States, including planned projects reported…
Closing coal, oil power plants leads to healthier babies

May 25, 2018

Shuttering coal- and oil-fired power plants lowers the rate of preterm births in neighboring communities and improves fertility,…
Fuel cell power plants are used in diverse ways across the United States

April 25, 2018

At the end of 2016, the United States had 56 large-scale fuel cell generating units greater than 1…
EIA uses two simplified metrics to show future power plants’ relative economics

April 5, 2018

EIA’s long-term outlook for the electric power sector considers both the cost to build and operate power plants…
A whirlpool turbine that can power up to 60 homes

March 22, 2018

Have you ever wanted to install a micro hydro power plant at your home? Of course, you need…
Making Smokestack Emissions Tests Better, Faster, Cheaper

February 28, 2018

Smokestacks at coal-fired power plants have sensors that continuously monitor their emissions by measuring the flow of gases…
January’s cold weather affects electricity generation mix in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

January 26, 2018

The bomb cyclone weather event in early January 2018 resulted in record levels of U.S. natural gas demand and elevated…
Reducing power plants’ freshwater consumption with Sandia’s new silica filter

October 19, 2017

Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50…
Single-tower Solar Thermal Power Plant

September 8, 2017

Government of South Australia revealed plans to build single-tower solar thermal power plant with a proposed output of 150…
Power plants’ costs and value to the grid are not easily reflected using simple metrics

May 4, 2017

Cost is one of the key factors influencing the choice of fuels and technologies used to generate electricity.…
Most U.S. nuclear power plants were built between 1970 and 1990

April 29, 2017

As of 2016, the United States had 99 operating nuclear reactors at 61 plants across the country, with…
The world’s largest nuclear plants differ by age, number of reactors, and utilization

February 8, 2017

There are currently 449 operating nuclear reactors in 31 countries, with a total installed generating capacity of more…
Sulfur dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants have fallen faster than coal generation

February 5, 2017

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions produced in the generation of electricity at power plants in the United States declined…
Coal burning linked to toxic contaminants found in raccoons

February 2, 2017

Coal-burning power plants produce more than half of the electricity in the U.S., and they generate huge amounts…
Google Patent Reveals Flying Power Plants for Ship Propulsion

November 25, 2016

It seems Google is expanding its footprint in the transportation industry, with a novel ship propelling system. Already,…
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