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COP26 a washout? Don’t lose hope – here’s why

COP26 a washout? Don’t lose hope – here’s why

It’s going to take time for the dust to settle but for now, let’s be heartened by the fact that the Glasgow sessions have once again put renewables on the agenda.
Build Louisiana Back Resilient

Build Louisiana Back Resilient

Like Hurricane Katrina and numerous storms before it, Hurricane Ida demolished Louisiana’s outdated, fossil-fuel dependent energy system. It’s time for Louisiana leadership to prioritize resilient solutions over continued fossil-fuel investment.
Texas adds battery storage to support grid ahead of winter

Texas adds battery storage to support grid ahead of winter

An extreme winter storm that left millions of Texans without power in February highlighted the rapid need for more battery storage to support the state's grid.
Bahamas utility optimizes grid resilience with Wärtsilä’s battery storage system

Bahamas utility optimizes grid resilience with Wärtsilä’s battery storage system

BPL will leverage a battery energy storage system supplied and installed by Finnish firm Wärtsilä to optimise the operations of its Blue Hills Power Station in Nassau.
Company Failures Are Not Market Failures

Company Failures Are Not Market Failures

Nearly all the big computer companies of the early 1970s have since gone out of business. Remember the BUNCH? Burroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data, Honeywell? The first two became Unisys, the last three are still around, but none is a real factor in the computer industry as it exists today. Betting on the BUNCH in 1971 would not leave you in […]
A Retrospective on Generator Failures

A Retrospective on Generator Failures

The 320-mw Roxburgh project experienced significant problems related to generator failures since its commissioning in 1956.
Predicting Spillway Failure

Predicting Spillway Failure

Lab studies undertaken by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, provide data needed to assist in predicting spillway failure modes related to stagnation pressure.
Reservoir Failure at Malana: Repair and Rehabilitation

Reservoir Failure at Malana: Repair and Rehabilitation

Less than three months after the 86-mw Malana project in India began generating electricity, sub-surface flow below the foundations of the storage reservoir and gravity dam caused a portion of the reservoir floor to settle.
Repairing a Failed Turbine: The Story of Returning G.M. Shrum Unit 3 to Service

Repairing a Failed Turbine: The Story of Returning G.M. Shrum Unit 3 to Service

On March 2, 2008, the Unit 3 runner at the 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum Generating Station experienced a major failure. This failure resulted in significant damage to the runner and water passage components and operation of the unit ceased until repair work could be performed.
Is Your EAP Adequate? Use a Tabletop Exercise to Find Out

Is Your EAP Adequate? Use a Tabletop Exercise to Find Out

Emergency action plans are only effective if people at risk from a dam failure have adequate time for evacuation.