Power Air Quality  Insights  
No. 142   January 30, 2014





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·        EUEC Analysis Next Week in Hot Topic Hour

·        Investment in Fossil and Nuclear Plants Will Exceed $760 Billion in 2014

·        Renewable Energy Briefs     

·        Headlines for the January 24,  2014 - Utility E-Alert

·        McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration



EUEC Analysis Next Week in Hot Topic Hour

Next Thursday, McIlvaine will provide a review and highlights of the EUEC conference including both the speeches and exhibitor insights.   The Utility MATS developments will be a prime topic.  However, the CCR and ELG issues will also be discussed.  We will be asking questions such as how much efficiency improvement has there been in lime and activated carbon.  Should you consider bromine compounds as your main route to meeting the mercury goals? What is the latest on mercury monitoring?  Is TDL the right instrument for NH3 measurement?  What about natural oxidation and chemical fixation instead of gypsum?  How about a scrubber wet precip instead of a dry scrubber baghouse?  You can register at:


For a preview of the exhibitor offerings see:

EUEC - McIlvaine Directory of Exhibitor Products


Hundreds of product categories in each of 28 process segments are listed for all the exhibitors at this Feb-3-5 show in Phoenix, AZ



Investment in Fossil and Nuclear Plants Will Exceed $760 Billion in 2014

Fossil and nuclear power plants will invest $764 billion on new equipment and repair parts in 2014.   Sixty-five percent of the investment will be in coal-fired power plants. This is the latest finding in Fossil and Nuclear Power Generation: World Analysis and Forecast published by the McIlvaine Company.  (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

2014 Fossil-fired and Nuclear Power Generation Market





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Despite the virtual moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in the U.S., the rest of the world will spend $270 billion on new coal-fired power plants in 2014. This contrasts with only $75 billion for gas turbine systems. Repair parts and upgrades of existing coal-fired power plants will generate revenues of $230 billion.

The reason for the large market at existing plants is the initiative by European and U.S. legislators and environmentalists to limit greenhouse gases.  Environmental regulations make it impossible to build a coal-fired power plant in the U.S. and difficult to build one in Europe.

The future competition among these three major fuels will be shaped by a number of factors. The greatest variable is the quantity of shale gas which can be economically produced. The U.S. has potentially enough shale gas to meet present requirements for thirty years. China has even greater reserves but they are located deeper and will be more expensive to extract. Furthermore, the Chinese shale gas industry is in its infancy. Even with its most ambitious plan, China’s gas production would only be eight percent of that in the U.S. in 2020.

The efforts to reduce greenhouse gases will virtually eliminate new coal-fired power plants as an option in certain countries, but the large investment in these power plants by other countries will result in coal-fired power continuing to be the most popular option.

Nuclear generation growth will also be highly regionalized. Some countries will not only avoid building new nuclear power plants but will phase out existing ones. Other countries will be big investors in nuclear power. Nevertheless, this fuel option will continue to remain in third place far behind coal.

For more information on Fossil and Nuclear Power Generation: World Analysis and Forecast click on: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/2-uncategorised/113-n043



Renewable Energy Briefs


Legal Victory for Cape Wind, FAA Approval Upheld

Cape Wind again defeated the efforts of its opponents to block the country’s first offshore wind farm.  In a significant decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the FAA’s approval of the Cape Wind project, rejecting every argument that had been advanced by the project’s opponents.

This decision takes on even greater importance because this was the same court that had previously provided project opponents their sole and temporary relief; opponents have lost all 12 legal decisions in other courts. 

On October 28, 2011 this Court had remanded the FAA’s third Determination of No Hazard (DNH) back to the FAA to better explain the rationale for its decision.  On February 9, 2012, the FAA issued a Public Notice of its reinstated project review, indicating its conclusion that “None of the turbines would have an adverse effect on the use of air navigation facilities or navigable airspace.”  On August 15, 2012 the FAA issued its 4th DHN which project opponents challenged, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound pronounced confidence their challenge would be successful — this is the case decided in favor of the FAA and Cape Wind.

PHG Energy and General Electric Provide Energy from Waste for West Tennessee City

The first commercial collaboration between PHG Energy (PHGE) of Nashville and GE Power & Water business of the General Electric Company is officially online and creating electricity from waste materials at a new Covington, TN facility.

GE's Clean Cycle generator, based on the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, produces power by utilizing heat delivered through PHGE’s downdraft gasification system and waste-mixing process. The two companies successfully proved the coupling of the technologies in an extensive research and development project that resulted in the first collaboration. Now the system is deployed and functions using the city’s wood waste and sewer sludge. Previously both waste streams had been transported and dumped into landfills at considerable cost to the city.

GE’s Clean Cycle generator is used worldwide to convert waste heat into electricity to be used on site or sold back to the grid. At the Covington facility, the gasification of wood chips or other biomass is used to provide a clean-burning producer gas. That fuel is then combusted in a heating unit that supplies the Clean Cycle unit with the thermal source it needs to operate and generate power.

The Covington plant is electrically self-sufficient, and produces enough additional power to allow the city to offset a portion of the cost of electricity used at the adjacent wastewater treatment plant. The facility currently uses two types of feedstock in PHGE’s downdraft gasifier: city wood waste and biosolids from the treatment plant next door.

Yingli Green Energy Wins 233 MW of Solar PV Projects in Algeria

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Energy (China) Company Limited (Yingli China), together with Sinohydro Corporation Limited and Hydrochina Corporation (Hydrochina), formed a three-party Consortium (Consortium) to win 233 megawatts of PV projects in Algeria. The projects will be developed by Shariket el Kahraba wa el Taket el Moutadiadida (SKTM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sonelgaz (National Society for Electricity and Gas), which is in charge of electricity and natural gas distribution in Algeria.

Sinohydro Corporation Limited is a subsidiary of Sinohydro Group Ltd, a global enterprise headquartered in China that runs diversified businesses from water conservancy and hydropower construction to project financing, design, implementation and operation. Hydrochina is the only large enterprise to provide comprehensive technical services in hydropower, water resources, and wind power development in China.

In October 2013, Yingli China formed the three-party Consortium to participate in the bidding of SKTM's Algerian PV projects, which consist of four separate installations, totaling 318 MWs. The Consortium received the winning bid notice this month for 233 MW in total. The Consortium will take responsibility for the design and construction of the projects. Project construction will begin in January, 2014, and is expected to be completed within 8 months.

Constellation Adds 38 MW of Solar Generation in 2013

Constellation announced that it added 38 megawatts of customer-sited solar generation in 2013 in Arizona, California, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia, bringing its total solar generation in operation or under construction for commercial, industrial and public sector customers to more than 164 megawatts.

With 58 projects and 177 installations in 10 states and the District, Constellation is the third-largest commercial solar developer in the U.S.

By structuring its solar projects as power purchase or solar services agreements, Constellation offers solar installations that may require no upfront capital from customers and may provide fixed power costs that are comparable to or less than projected market rates.

Rockwell Automation Wins $15 Million Process Order for Plant to Convert Plastic into Higher Value Energy Products

Rockwell Automation has won a $15 million engineering, procurement, construction and management contract form Vadxx Energy LLC for its first commercial-scale, plastic waste-to-synthetic crude energy facility in Akron, OH.

The new plant will transform end-of-life plastics into higher value energy products, recycling nearly 60 tons of waste daily, diverting it from landfill disposal. The solution includes the PlantPAx Process Automation System suite, utilizing Rockwell Automation’s multi-discipline control platform to deliver an integrated smart plant for Vadxx.

Liberation Capital, a global private equity firm, signed an agreement with Vadxx to fund the first unit and additional commercial units.


For more information on Renewable Energy Projects and Update please visit




Headlines for the January 24, 2013 – Utility E-Alert      


#1159 – January 24, 2014


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§  Upcoming Hot Topic Hours



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McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration

On Thursday at 10 a.m. Central time, McIlvaine hosts a 90 minute web meeting on important energy and pollution control subjects. Power webinars are free for subscribers to either Power Plant Air Quality Decisions or Utility Tracking System. The cost is $125.00 for non-subscribers. Market Intelligence webinars are free to McIlvaine market report subscribers and are $400.00 for non-subscribers.

See below for information on upcoming Hot Topic Hours. We welcome your input relative to suggested additions.




February 6, 2014

Review Of EUEC


February 13, 2014

Impact Of Ambient Air Quality Rules On Fossil-Fueled Boilers And Gas Turbines      

 More information

February 27, 2014


NOx Catalyst Performance On Mercury And SO3 


 More information

March 13, 2014

Industrial Boiler Fuel Options: Coal, Biomass Or Gas?

 More information

March 27

Mercury Control And Removal

 More information

April 10

NOx And Ammonia Slip Measurement


On Thursday at 10 a.m. Central time, McIlvaine hosts a 90 minute web meeting on important energy and pollution control subjects. Power webinars are free for subscribers to either Power Plant Air Quality Decisions or Utility Tracking System. The cost is $125.00 for non-subscribers. Market Intelligence webinars are free to McIlvaine market report subscribers and are $400.00 for non-subscribers.

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