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The buzzword over the last couple of weeks has been "climate" with a growing number of people concerned over how it is changing and what they need to do to stop it from changing. Talk about global climate change has been everywhere: in Congress, on the news, in utility statements and in scientific reports. Like it or not, the era of global climate change is upon us.

Fortunately, the industry has been through other environmental eras before: acid rain, thermal pollution, mercury and now carbon dioxide. This era has no apparent quick fixes. Optimists point out that the industry has adapted and bettered itself by enduring earlier challenges. Regulations controlling carbon emissions will change the way we all turn the lights on. Let's hope it changes us for the best.

In this e-newsletter, you'll find news features analyzing different aspects of the carbon debate and approaches that utilities are supporting. Also look for next week's coal-fired special edition e-newsletter. If you have not already signed up for this exclusive industry-specific online publication, visit our Web site to sign up.

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:: CONTENTS

:: FEATURES
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Utilities closely watch post-combustion CO2 capture pilot project
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How the power industry can take advantage of GHG markets and programs
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Shaping carbon regulations: How utilities stay off the legislative menu
:: INDUSTRY NEWS
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UN climate panel says global warming man-made
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EPA must protect aquatic life near power plants
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U.S. nuclear plants not responsible for security against airborne terrorist attacks
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Texas ups its stake in FutureGen by $20 mln
:: PROJECTS AND CONTRACTS
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Contracts for $1 bln U.S. Longview plant announced
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Acciona, Suncor Energy begin construction on Ontario wind power project
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Canadian cogeneration plant provides power, grows tomatoes
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BP plans construction of five US wind projects in 2007
:: PRODUCT RELEASES
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Multi-pollutant removal
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Analog output boards
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NERC audit trail tool
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Wireless pressure transmitter



:: FEATURES

:: Utilities closely watch post-combustion CO2 capture pilot project
A lot of attention is being focused on a 5 MW pilot project in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., where the breakpoint may be reached between technical viability to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and the cost of its implementation.
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:: How the power industry can take advantage of GHG markets and programs
This PowerPoint presentation, presented at POWER-GEN International in Orlando in late November, gives an overview of climate change programs around the world and what the adaptation priorities are for the power sector in a carbon-constrained world.
:: Download the PDF document - [532 KB] ::

:: Shaping carbon regulations: How utilities stay off the legislative menu
In a flurry of press releases and announcements, utilities have publicly begun shifting from asking if greenhouse gas regulations will take place to assuming that they will. Now many are actively supporting legislation, according to their own terms. Find out what they're doing to get a seat at the table and how they're trying to stay off legislators’ menu.
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:: INDUSTRY NEWS

:: UN climate panel says global warming man-made
The UN climate panel concludes with a 90 percent certainty that human activities are heating the planet, adding pressure on governments to do more to combat accelerating global warming.
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:: EPA must protect aquatic life near power plants
A ruling by a federal appeals court will change the way the U.S. EPA enforces a part of the Clean Water Act to protect aquatic life. The court said the law must "be driven by technology, not cost."
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:: U.S. nuclear plants not responsible for security against airborne terrorist attacks
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a final rule on security regulations that does not require a nuclear power plant to guard against airborne attacks.
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:: Texas ups its stake in FutureGen by $20 mln
The Clean Coal Technology Foundation of Texas announced a major increase in potential funding for Texas's stake in the FutureGen project, a collaborative, next generation coal-fired plant with near-zero emissions.
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:: PROJECTS AND CONTRACTS

:: Contracts for $1 bln U.S. Longview plant announced
Siemens Power Generation, Aker Kvaerner Songer, Inc. and Foster Wheeler won bids from Longview, Power LLC for the 700 MW Longview ultra-supercritical coal-fired plant to be built in Maidsville, W.V.
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:: Acciona, Suncor Energy begin construction on Ontario wind power project
Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc. and Suncor Energy Products Inc. announced they have started full-scale construction on their 76-MW wind power project near Ripley, Ontario.
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:: Canadian cogeneration plant provides power, grows tomatoes
An Ontario, Canada, commercial tomato greenhouse operator is installing a 12 MW Jenbacher CO2 fertilization cogeneration system to boost crop production and generate needed electricity for the regional grid.
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:: BP plans construction of five US wind projects in 2007
BP Alternative Energy North America has announced that it expects to begin construction on five wind power generation projects in the US in 2007.
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:: PRODUCT RELEASES

:: Multi-pollutant removal
WOW Energy, Inc. announced that its WOWClean pilot plant demonstrated 85 percent removal of the mercury from flue gases at a 40 MW electricity generating power plant. The mercury reduction was verified by independent third party test agencies in accordance with EPA test procedures. WOWClean technology is a stand alone multi-pollutant removal system developed for installation on coal-fired power plants, boilers, furnaces, incinerators, gasifiers, gas turbines, reciprocating engines and other industrial flue gas sources. The technology is designed to operate with low temperature flue gases and removes SOx, NOx, PM2.5/PM10 particulates and up to 95 percent of heavy metal pollutants. The WOWClean system demonstrated previously the removal of up to 85 percent of the CO2 in the flue gas.

:: Analog output boards
United Electronic Industries (UEI) has released the DNA-AO-308 series of analog output boards. Each of the boards offers eight analog output channels with maximum update rates of 100 kHz per channel (800 kHz per board). However, each board in the family offers a different output configuration. Other specifications of the series include: 1500 volts of isolation between UEI's cube and the field wiring, one D/A per channel (allows simultaneous D/A updates), double buffered, low glitch outputs, and three utility digital I/O channels.

:: NERC audit trail tool
Emerson Process Management has added audit trail capabilities to its Ovation control system. This feature automatically tracks engineering changes made to the Ovation system, providing utilities with a better way to manage system security, and troubleshoot and quickly identify the root cause of abnormal conditions that can impact operational performance or result in loss of generation. Ovation’s audit trail capability can be used to comply with the North American Electric Reliability Council’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards. The standards require the power industry to identify and protect critical cyber assets related to the reliable operation of bulk electric systems. All actions that modify the configuration or performance of the Ovation control system are automatically monitored and logged into a database. These actions may include loading, clearing, reconfiguring and rebooting Ovation drops; database import operations; as well as changes to the configuration of system process data, custom graphics and/or control sheets.

:: Wireless pressure transmitter
Adalet Wireless offers a self-contained wireless pressure transmitter designed for measuring and monitoring pressure in industrial applications. It is available in battery powered and AC powered versions and includes the wireless transmitter, pressure sensor, and self-contained power source. The wireless system provides more flexibility in transmitting data signals in real time without cable and conduit runs in the power plant.

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