Sample records for electric utility managers

  1. Energy Conservation and Management for Electric Utility Industrial Customers 

    E-print Network

    McChesney, H. R.; Obee, T. N.; Mangum, G. F.

    1985-01-01

    Comprehensive energy management assistance within the industrial section is currently being offered by a growing number of electric utilities as part of their efforts to - provide additonal demand side services to their industrial customers. One...

  2. U.S. electric utility demand-side management 1993

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-07-01

    This report presents comprehensive information on electric power industry demand-side management activities in the United States at the national, regional, and utility levels. Data is included for energy savings, peakload reductions, and costs.

  3. US electric utility demand-side management, 1994

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-12-26

    The report presents comprehensive information on electric power industry demand-side management (DSM) activities in US at the national, regional, and utility levels. Objective is provide industry decision makers, government policy makers, analysts, and the general public with historical data that may be used in understanding DSM as it relates to the US electric power industry. The first chapter, ``Profile: US Electric Utility Demand-Side Management,`` presents a general discussion of DSM, its history, current issues, and a review of key statistics for the year. Subsequent chapters present discussions and more detailed data on energy savings, peak load reductions, and costs attributable to DSM.

  4. U.S. electric utility demand-side management 1996

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1997-12-01

    The US Electric Utility Demand-Side Management report presents comprehensive information on electric power industry demand-side management (DSM) activities in the US at the national, regional, and utility levels. The objective of the publication is to provide industry decision makers, government policy makers, analysts, and the general public with historical data that may be used in understanding DSM as it related to the US electric power industry. The first chapter, ``Profile: U.S. Electric Utility Demand-Side Management,`` presents a general discussion of DSM, its history, current issues, and a review of key statistics for the year. Subsequent chapters present discussions and more detailed data on energy savings, peak load reductions and costs attributable to DSM. 9 figs., 24 tabs.

  5. Risk Management Strategies for Electric Utilities 

    E-print Network

    Sheets, E.

    1986-01-01

    The Pacific Northwest has gone through an enormously expensive lesson in both the uncertainty and risk associated with power planning. The difficult lessons we have learned may benefit other parts of the country. In the 1970s, utility planners...

  6. Analysis of interrelationships between photovoltaic power and battery storage for electric utility load management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. H. Chowdhury; Saifur Rahman

    1988-01-01

    The impact of photovoltaic power generation on an electric utility's load shape under supply-side peak load management conditions is explored. Results show that some utilities utilizing battery storage for peak load shaving might benefit from use of photovoltaic (PV) power, the extent of its usefulness being dependent on the specific load shapes as well as the photovoltaic array orientations. Typical

  7. Innovative and Progressive Electric Utility Demand-Side Management Strategies 

    E-print Network

    Epstein, G. J.; Fuller, W. H.

    1989-01-01

    Conservation of electric energy has been a concern of energy users in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors for several decades, and has increased in significance since the 1973 energy shortages. During this time, it has also become...

  8. Electric Restructuring and Utilities Deregulation: A Facility Manager's Guide.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Glazner, Steve, Ed.

    This volume presents 12 papers offering guidelines to higher education institutions on planning for the deregulation of the electric power industry. Following an introduction (by Dorsey D. Jacobs), the papers are organized into three parts which address: the changing market, identifying opportunities and challenges, and taking advantage of…

  9. Managing for biodiversity: Emerging ideas for the electric utility industry-summary statement

    SciTech Connect

    Mattice, J.; Fraser, M. [Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (United States); Ragone, S. [S.E. Ragone & Associates, Reston, VA (United States)] [and others

    1996-11-01

    The conference entitled {open_quotes}Managing for Biodiversity: Emerging ideas for the Electric Utility Industry{close_quotes} was held in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, during 19-20 March 1996. This paper provides an overview of the key points, conclusions, and recommendations from both the presentations/papers and the discussions throughout the conference. Topics covered in this article are the following: sustainable development: challenge for utilities; Stewardship issues; where do we go from here-EPRI perspective. 34 refs.

  10. Strategic planning in electric utilities: Using wind technologies as risk management tools

    SciTech Connect

    Hoff, T E [Pacific Energy Group, Stanford, CA (United States); Parsons, B [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1996-06-01

    This paper highlights research investigating the ownership of renewable energy technologies to mitigate risks faced by the electric utility industry. Renewable energy technology attributes of fuel costs, environmental costs, lead time, modularity, and investment reversibility are discussed. Incorporating some of these attributes into an economic evaluation is illustrated using a municipal utility`s decision to invest in either wind generation or natural gas based generation. The research concludes that wind and other modular renewable energy technologies, such as photovoltaics, have the potential to provide decision makers with physical risk-management investments.

  11. Industrial-Load-Shaping: The Practice of and Prospects for Utility/Industry Cooperation to Manage Peak Electricity Demand

    E-print Network

    Bules, D. J.; Rubin, D. E.; Maniates, M. F.

    INDUSTRIAL-LOAD-SHAPI1IG: TIlE PRACTICE OF AND PROSPECTS FOR UTILITY/INDUSTRY COOPERATION TO MAUGE PEAK ELECTRICITY DEMAND Donald J. BuIes and David E. Rubin Consultants, Pacific Gas and Electric Company San Francisco, California Michael F.... Maniates Energy and Resources Group, University of California Berkeley, California ABSTRACT Load-management programs designed to reduce demand for electricity during peak periods are becoming increasingly important to electric utilities. For a gf...

  12. Acid rain & electric utilities II

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1997-12-31

    This document presents reports which were presented at the Acid Rain and Electric Utilities Conference. Topics include environmental issues and electric utilities; acid rain program overview; global climate change and carbon dioxide; emissions data management; compliance; emissions control; allowance and trading; nitrogen oxides; and assessment. Individual reports have been processed separately for the United States Department of Energy databases.

  13. Electric-utility load-management policies and groundwater irrigation pumping for agriculture

    SciTech Connect

    Agthe, D.E.; Larson, D.L.

    1986-01-01

    Electrical utilities are shifting to load management techniques rather than building additional power production facilities. This article examines the impact of time-of-use energy pricing and controlled outages on groundwater pumping for irrigation. The greatest impact appears to fall on farmers pumping groundwater and using gravity surface irrigation of field crops. Several farmer options for off-setting the impact of the utilities' policies are explored. These include legislative action, non-capital adjustment water use changes, and capital-increasing water use changes. It is concluded that although such institutional actions as exemptions or subsidies may ease the farmers' transition from old to new rate structures, such actions are economically inefficient. More effective is technical assistance so that individual farmers can make the most appropriate technological adjustments to the new rates. 14 references.

  14. Decision-making in demand-side management collaboratives: The influence of non-utility parties on electric-utility policies and programs

    SciTech Connect

    Schweitzer, M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); English, M.; Schexnayder, S. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)] [and others

    1995-07-01

    Since the late 1980s, a number of electric utilities and interested non-utility parties (NUPs)-such as environmental groups, large industrial customers, and state government agencies-have tried a new approach to reaching agreement on program design and policy issues related to utility use of Demand-Side Management (DSM) resources. Through this new arrangement, known as the DSM collaborative process, parties who have often been adversaries attempt to resolve their differences through compromise and consensus rather than by using traditional litigation. This paper-which is based on studies of over a dozen collaboratives nationwide-discusses the organizational structure of collaboratives, the ways in which NUPs have been involved in the decision-making process, and how the amount of influence exerted by the NUPs is related to collaborative accomplishments. Most of the collaboratives studied had two organizational levels: a {open_quotes}working group{close_quotes} that provided policy direction and guidance for the collaborative and {open_quotes}subgroups{close_quotes} that performed the detailed tasks necessary to flesh out individual DSM programs. Most collaboratives also had a coordinator who was charged with scheduling meetings, exchanging information, and performing other important organizational functions, and it was common for the utility to fund consultants to provide expert assistance for the NUPs. In general, the utilities reserved the final decision-making prerogative for themselves, in line with their ultimate responsibility to shareholders, customers, and regulators. Still, there was substantial variation among the collaboratives in terms of how actively consensus was sought and how seriously the inputs of the NUPs were taken. In general, the collaboratives that resulted in the largest effects on utility DSM usage were those in which the utilities were most willing to allow their decisions to be shaped by the NUPs.

  15. Optimized Energy Management for Large Organizations Utilizing an On-Site PHEV fleet, Storage Devices and Renewable Electricity Generation

    SciTech Connect

    Dashora, Yogesh [University of Texas, Austin; Barnes, J. Wesley [University of Texas, Austin; Pillai, Rekha S [ORNL; Combs, Todd E [ORNL; Hilliard, Michael R [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    Abstract This paper focuses on the daily electricity management problem for organizations with a large number of employees working within a relatively small geographic location. The organization manages its electric grid including limited on-site energy generation facilities, energy storage facilities, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging stations installed in the parking lots. A mixed integer linear program (MILP) is modeled and implemented to assist the organization in determining the temporal allocation of available resources that will minimize energy costs. We consider two cost compensation strategies for PHEV owners: (1) cost equivalent battery replacement reimbursement for utilizing vehicle to grid (V2G) services from PHEVs; (2) gasoline equivalent cost for undercharging of PHEV batteries. Our case study, based on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) campus, produced encouraging results and substantiates the importance of controlled PHEV fleet charging as opposed to uncontrolled charging methods. We further established the importance of realizing V2G capabilities provided by PHEVs in terms of significantly reducing energy costs for the organization.

  16. Solar electric technologies: Methods of electric utility value analysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Harper, J. R.; Percival, C. D.

    1982-05-01

    Methods are described for determining the financial value of solar-electric technologies to electric utilities. The methods are performed by packages of computer models available from SERI that can be interfaced with most conventional utility planning methods. The output of these models gives a financial break-even value ($/ kW) of the solar-electric system under consideration in the specific utility systems. General descriptions of the value methods for wind, solar thermal electric, photovoltaic, base load solar (OTEC and biomass) load management, and conservation technologies are included.

  17. The changing electric utility industry

    SciTech Connect

    Wharton, J.B. [Brattel Group, Cambridge, MA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Opinions are presented regarding deregulation of the electricity market. A review of restructing in the U.S. natural gas and United Kingdom electric power industry is presented. Restructuring of the U.S. electric industry is analyzed with regard to changing relations between utilities, changing relations among a utility`s subsidiaries, and changing relationships between supplier and customer. The key issues impeding restructuring are identified as stranded cost recovery and forced divestiture.

  18. A case study review of technical and technology issues for transition of a utility load management program to provide system reliability resources in restructured electricity markets

    SciTech Connect

    Weller, G.H.

    2001-07-15

    Utility load management programs--including direct load control and interruptible load programs--were employed by utilities in the past as system reliability resources. With electricity industry restructuring, the context for these programs has changed; the market that was once controlled by vertically integrated utilities has become competitive, raising the question: can existing load management programs be modified so that they can effectively participate in competitive energy markets? In the short run, modified and/or improved operation of load management programs may be the most effective form of demand-side response available to the electricity system today. However, in light of recent technological advances in metering, communication, and load control, utility load management programs must be carefully reviewed in order to determine appropriate investments to support this transition. This report investigates the feasibility of and options for modifying an existing utility load management system so that it might provide reliability services (i.e. ancillary services) in the competitive markets that have resulted from electricity industry restructuring. The report is a case study of Southern California Edison's (SCE) load management programs. SCE was chosen because it operates one of the largest load management programs in the country and it operates them within a competitive wholesale electricity market. The report describes a wide range of existing and soon-to-be-available communication, control, and metering technologies that could be used to facilitate the evolution of SCE's load management programs and systems to provision of reliability services. The fundamental finding of this report is that, with modifications, SCE's load management infrastructure could be transitioned to provide critical ancillary services in competitive electricity markets, employing currently or soon-to-be available load control technologies.

  19. The Impacts of Utility-Sponsored Demand-Side Management Programs on Industrial Electricity Consumers 

    E-print Network

    Rosenblum, J. I.

    1994-01-01

    argue that utility incentives are not essential determinants of the success or failure of DSM in the U.S. economy. This paper summarizes the views of the two sides. Two important measures promoted by DSM-advocates to "level the playing field...

  20. Impact of Industrial Electric Rate Structure on Load Management - A Utility Viewpoint

    E-print Network

    Richardson, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    A few years ago our response to an inquiry regarding availability of electric service for a large industrial load was something like: 'Let us put this into our production model to determine whether we will have adequate generating capacity to commit...

  1. Extending Quality Management to Utility Costs 

    E-print Network

    Holmes, W. A.

    1994-01-01

    -04-30 Proceedings from the Sixteenth National Industrial Energy Technology Conference, Houston, TX, April 13-14, 1994 Management Infonnation Systems (MIS), Total Quality Management (TQM) Programs, increased accountability and responsibility, and small.... HOW TO PROCEED: I. Install a Utility Cost MIS 2. Add utility costs to existing TQM program. 3. Get out of the way. Specific Actions: 1. Quantify Energy Usage and Utility Costs by: ? Utility Meter. Electrical Demand .50 """" ..... p m ,SOl...

  2. The evolution of utilization management.

    PubMed

    Carneal, G

    2000-12-01

    Utilization management has been one of the most useful managed care tools since the early days of this health delivery model. Recently, utilization management has come under siege, not directly as a result of public outcry, but from within the industry itself. One expert describes how utilization management must evolve to keep pace with the changing managed care environment. PMID:11141731

  3. Designing a Thermal Energy Storage Program for Electric Utilities 

    E-print Network

    Niehus, T. L.

    1994-01-01

    Electric utilities are looking at thermal energy storage technology as a viable demand side management (DSM) option. In order for this DSM measure to be effective, it must be incorporated into a workable, well-structured utility program. This paper...

  4. Coordination transactions among electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Earley, W.C.

    1984-09-13

    Coordination transactions are becoming an important part of electric-utility operations. Very little has been written about them, however, and they are generally not well understood, even by some within the industry. This article discusses what coordination transactions are, why they occur, how they are priced, and how they are regulated.

  5. Annual Electric Generator Report - Utility

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This recently updated database from the Energy Information Administration contains the information reported on the Annual Electric Generator Report - Utility form, or Form EIA-860A. The database holds information from 1992 to January 2000 and includes the fields capacity, energy source, and initial year of operation.

  6. Aquatic Biodiversity and the Electric Utility Industry

    PubMed

    OLMSTED; BOLIN

    1996-09-01

    / Results from a 1995 survey of utility company biologists indicate that aquatic biodiversity is an emerging and poorly understood issue. As a result, there is some confusion about what aquatic biodiversity actually is, and how we can best conserve it. Only one fourth (24%) of the respondents said their company has a stated environmental policy that addresses biodiversity. Many respondents indicate that over the years they have not specifically managed for biodiversity, but have been doing that through their efforts to assure balanced indigenous populations. While regulations are still the major driver for biological work, an increasing number of companies are involved in voluntary partnerships in managing water resources. Of these voluntary partnerships, 70% have biodiversity as a goal. Biodiversity is becoming an increasingly common subject of study, and a vast majority (75%) of the respondents suggested it should be a goal for utility resource management. Conservation of aquatic biodiversity is a complex task, and to date most aquatic efforts have been directed toward fish and macroinvertebrates. Ecological research and technological development performed by the utility industry have resulted in a number of successful biopreservation and biorestoration success stories. A common theme to preserving or enhancing aquatic biodiversity is preserving aquatic habitat. Increasingly, ecosystem management is touted as the most likely approach to achieve success in preserving aquatic biodiversity. Several utilities are conducting progressive work in implementing ecosystem management. This paper presents the potential interactions between power plants and biodiversity, an overview of aquatic biodiversity preservation efforts within the electric utility industry, more detail on the results of the survey, and recent initiatives in ecosystem management.KEY WORDS: Biodiversity; Ecosystem management; Watershed management; Utilities; Aquatic; Adaptive management PMID:8895402

  7. Power Sales to Electric Utilities

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1989-02-01

    The Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1979 requires that electrical utilities interconnect with qualifying facilities and purchase electricity at a rate based upon their full avoided costs (i.e., costs of providing both capacity and energy). Qualifying facilities (QF) include solar or geothermal electric units, hydropower, municipal solid waste or biomass-fired power plants, and cogeneration projects that satisfy maximum size, fuel use, ownership, location, and/or efficiency criteria. In Washington State, neither standard power purchase prices based upon a proxy ''avoided plant'', standard contracts, or a standard offer process have been used. Instead, a variety of power purchase contracts have been negotiated by developers of qualifying facilities with investor-owned utilities, public utility districts, and municipally-owned and operated utilities. With a hydro-based system, benefits associated with resource acquisition are determined in large part by how compatible the resource is with a utility's existing generation mix. Power purchase rates are negotiated and vary according to firm energy production, guarantees, ability to schedule maintenance or downtime, rights of refusal, power plant purchase options, project start date and length of contract; front-loading or levelization provisions; and the ability of the project to provide ''demonstrated'' capacity. Legislation was also enacted which allows PURPA to work effectively. Initial laws established ownership rights and provided irrigation districts, PUDs, and municipalities with expanded enabling powers. Financial processes were streamlined and, in some cases, simplified. Finally, laws were passed which are designed to ensure that development proceeds in an environmentally acceptable manner. In retrospect, PURPA has worked well within Washington. In the state of Washington, 20 small-scale hydroelectric projects with a combined generating capacity of 77 MW, 3 solid waste-to-energy facilities with 55 MW of electrical output, 4 cogeneration projects with 34.5 MW of generating capability, and 4 wastewater treatment facility digester gas-to-energy projects with 5 MW of electrical production have come on-line (or are in the final stages of construction) since the passage of PURPA. These numbers represent only a small portion of Washington's untapped and underutilized cogeneration and renewable resource generating potentials. [DJE-2005

  8. Aquatic biodiversity and the electric utility industry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Olmsted, Larry L.; Bolin, John W.

    1996-09-01

    Results from a 1995 survey of utility company biologists indicate that aquatic biodiversity is an emerging and poorly understood issue. As a result, there is some confusion about what aquatic biodiversity actually is, and how we can best conserve it. Only one fourth (24%) of the respondents said their company has a stated environmental policy that addresses biodiversity. Many respondents indicate that over the years they have not specifically managed for biodiversity, but have been doing that through their efforts to assure balanced indigenous populations. While regulations are still the major driver for biological work, an increasing number of companies are involved in voluntary partnerships in managing water resources. Of these voluntary partnerships, 70% have biodiversity as a goal. Biodiversity is becoming an increasingly common subject of study, and a vast majority (75%) of the respondents suggested it should be a goal for utility resource management. Conservation of aquatic biodiversity is a complex task, and to date most aquatic efforts have been directed toward fish and macroinvertebrates. Ecological research and technological development performed by the utility industry have resulted in a number of successful biopreservation and biorestoration success stories. A common theme to preserving or enhancing aquatic biodiversity is preserving aquatic habitat. Increasingly, ecosystem management is touted as the most likely approach to achieve success in preserving aquatic biodiversity. Several utilities are conducting progressive work in implementing ecosystem management. This paper presents the potential interactions between power plants and biodiversity, an overview of aquatic biodiversity preservation efforts within the electric utility industry, more detail on the results of the survey, and recent initiatives in ecosystem management.

  9. Aquatic biodiversity and the electric utility industry

    SciTech Connect

    Olmsted, L.L. [Duke Power Company, Huntersville, NC (United States); Bolin, J.W. [Virginia Power, Ashland, VA (United States)

    1996-11-01

    Results for a 1995 survey of utility company biologists indicate that aquatic biodiversity is an emerging and poorly understood issue. As a result, there is some confusion about what aquatic biodiversity actually is, and how we can best conserve it. Only one fourth (24%) of the respondents said their company has a stated environmental policy that addresses biodiversity. Many respondents indicate that over the years they have not specially managed for biodiversity, but have been doing that through their efforts to assure balanced indigenous populations. While regulations are still the major driver for biological work, an increasing number of companies are involved in voluntary partnerships in managing water resources. Of these voluntary partnerships, 70% have biodiversity as a goal. Biodiversity is becoming an increasingly common subject of study, and a vast majority (75%) of the respondents suggested is should be a goal for utility for resource management. Conservation of aquatic biodiversity is a complex task, and to date most aquatic efforts have been directed toward fish and macroinvertebrates. Ecological research and technological development performed by the utility industry have resulted in a number of successful biopreservation and biorestoration success stories. A common theme to preserving or enhancing aquatic biodiversity is preserving aquatic habitat. Increasingly, ecosystem management is touted as the most likely approach to achieve success in preserving aquatic biodiversity. Several utilities are conducting progressive work in implementing ecosystem management. This paper presents the potential interactions between power plants and biodiversity, and overview of aquatic biodiversity preservations efforts within the electric utility industry, more detail on the results of the survey, and recent initiatives in ecosystem management. 17 refs., 1 tab.

  10. Thermal storage for electric utilities

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Swet, C. J.; Masica, W. J.

    1977-01-01

    Applications of the thermal energy storage (TES) principle (storage of sensible heat or latent heat, or heat storage in reversible chemical reactions) in power systems are evaluated. Load leveling behind the meter, load following at conventional thermal power plants, solar thermal power generation, and waste heat utilization are the principal TES applications considered. Specific TES examples discussed include: storage heaters for electric-resistance space heating, air conditioning TES in the form of chilled water or eutectic salt baths, hot water TES, and trans-seasonal storage in heated water in confined aquifers.

  11. Acid rain and electric utilities 2

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1997-12-31

    This proceedings contains more than 100 technical presentations dealing with a variety of topics concerning the Title IV acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Some of the major topics addressed include: emerging environmental issues impacting electric utilities (proposed revisions to the ozone and particulate matter NAAQS), acid rain program overview, continuous emissions monitoring rule revisions, global climate change and CO{sub 2}, emissions data management, Clean Air Power Initiative and regional issues, compliance/designated representative, flow monitoring, emissions control technology, allowance and trading, emission reductions, NO{sub x} control issues, hazardous air pollutants, and CEMS advances.

  12. 1996 International directory of electric utilities, eighth edition

    SciTech Connect

    Bergesen, C. [ed.

    1995-12-31

    This is a directory of electric utilities arranged by major geographic region and by country within region. The directory provides statistics and commentary for almost 600 major utilities in 208 countries and territories and includes their history, infrastructure, installed capacity, electric transmission and distribution systems, future plans, and privatization strategies. In addition the directory contains names, titles, addresses, etc. for hundreds of managers and executives, plus a list of major power plants per country.

  13. Electric Utility Industrial DSM and M&V Program

    E-print Network

    Lau, K. P. K.

    2008-01-01

    BC Hydro is an electric utility with a service area covering over 95% of the province of British Columbia in Canada. Power Smart is BC Hydro’s demand-side-management (DSM) division. Power Smart develops, operates and manages various DSM programs...

  14. Electric vehicles as a new power source for electric utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Steven E. Letendre

    1997-01-01

    Electric-drive vehicles, whether fueled by batteries or by liquid or gaseous fuels generating electricity on-board, will have value to electric utilities as power resources. The power capacity of the current internal combustion passenger vehicle fleet is enormous and under-utilized. In the United States, for example, the vehicle fleet has over 10 times the mechanical power of all current U.S. electrical

  15. Value of non-utility-generated electricity

    SciTech Connect

    Jabbour, S.J.

    1985-01-01

    The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978 and the associated rulings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) obligates the electric utilities to purchase electricity generated by qualifying facilities at the utility's avoided cost of alternative energy. No further indication of how this cost should be calculated is given and the actual implementation of the regulations is left to the states' regulatory authorities. Although there is general agreement that the utility's marginal cost of electricity production is a good surrogate for the cost it avoids by buying electricity from non-utility facilities, the calculation of these costs involves substantial conceptual and analytical differences. Two computer simulation models were developed to study the short-run and the long-run values of the electricity generated by private entities and offered for sale to the electric utilities. Both the energy and capacity components of the total value are calculated based on the Rate-payers Indifference principle with the return on the utility's stock held constant. The short-run value of non-utility-generated electricity was found to increase with increased penetrations up to a maximum level before it starts decreasing as a result of the displacement of intermediate and baseload capacity.

  16. Electrical Demand Management

    E-print Network

    Fetters, J. L.; Teets, S. J.

    1983-01-01

    imp 1emented by the authors at the Columbus Works of the Western Electric Company, Inc. These measures have been i ncorpor rated into a formal Demand Management Pl an that is an integra1 and important component of the Energy Management Program...

  17. Autonomously managed electrical power systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Callis, Charles P.

    1986-01-01

    The electric power systems for future spacecraft such as the Space Station will necessarily be more sophisticated and will exhibit more nearly autonomous operation than earlier spacecraft. These new power systems will be more reliable and flexible than their predecessors offering greater utility to the users. Automation approaches implemented on various power system breadboards are investigated. These breadboards include the Hubble Space Telescope power system test bed, the Common Module Power Management and Distribution system breadboard, the Autonomusly Managed Power System (AMPS) breadboard, and the 20 kilohertz power system breadboard. Particular attention is given to the AMPS breadboard. Future plans for these breadboards including the employment of artificial intelligence techniques are addressed.

  18. Electric utility companies and geothermal power

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pivirotto, D. S.

    1976-01-01

    The requirements of the electric utility industry as the primary potential market for geothermal energy are analyzed, based on a series of structured interviews with utility companies and financial institution executives. The interviews were designed to determine what information and technologies would be required before utilities would make investment decisions in favor of geothermal energy, the time frame in which the information and technologies would have to be available, and the influence of the governmental politics. The paper describes the geothermal resources, electric utility industry, its structure, the forces influencing utility companies, and their relationship to geothermal energy. A strategy for federal stimulation of utility investment in geothermal energy is suggested. Possibilities are discussed for stimulating utility investment through financial incentives, amelioration of institutional barriers, and technological improvements.

  19. Use of Comprehensive Utility Software for Optimal Energy Management and Electric Grid Failure Assessment in an Oil Refinery 

    E-print Network

    Bedard, S.; Hammache, A.; Poulin, B.; Ayotte-Sauve, A.

    2015-01-01

    ? Benefits in case of a failure ? The three main failure/outage scenarios ? Loss of a boiler ? Loss of the FCC cracker ? Total electric outage ? Conclusions Outline 2 ESL-IE-15-06-18 Proceedings of the Thrity-Seventh Industrial Energy Technology Conference... EXPLORE INTEGRATION I-BIOREF 5 COGEN ESL-IE-15-06-18 Proceedings of the Thrity-Seventh Industrial Energy Technology Conference New Orleans, LA. June 2-4, 2015 ? Can process a large spectrum of crude quality ? 4 boilers burning natural gas and refinery...

  20. Electric utility value analysis of solar electric plants

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. T. Day; M. J. Malone

    1981-01-01

    To determine the value of solar electric power systems, and their impact upon electric utility systems, alternative approaches have been used. One approach involves detailed simulation of a selected year with certain simplifying assumptions about the similarity of future years. This has sometimes been called a static projection analysis. Another approach called dynamic optimization involves the use of optimization programs

  1. Electric Utility Demand-Side Evaluation Methodologies

    E-print Network

    Treadway, N.

    ] is not intended to be the sole criterion used. Neither is it meant to be a substitute for thorough resource planning" (1983, p. 6-1). The current national attention to least-cost planning mirrors this concern for achievement of the most economical electric... of view using a standard benefit-cost methodology. The methodology now in use by several. electric utilities and the Public Utility Commlsslon of Texas includes measures of efficiency and equity. The nonparticipant test as a measure of equity...

  2. Linking utilization management and patient safety.

    PubMed

    Greenberg, Liza

    2003-01-01

    URAC recently completed a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess patient safety systems. URAC collected information from 31 separate UM companies. URAC also reviewed software capabilities from four commercial utilization management software vendors. This article describes how utilization management organizations use information technology and UM processes to systematically identify and manage potential patient safety problems. The study also identified research needs to promote future utilization management involvement in patient safety. PMID:14983645

  3. Electric utilities and the info-way - are electrics and telcos fellow travelers or competitors

    SciTech Connect

    Ashworth, M.J.

    1994-03-15

    This article examines the future role of telecommunications and the so-called information superhighway in the operations of electric utilities. Utilities should take advantage of information technology through informal alliances with telecommunications hardware and service suppliers, should limit investments in alternative meter-level technologies to those that are cheap, easily integrated, and flexible, and should consider outsourcing network implementation, maintenance, and management functions.

  4. High slot utilization systems for electric machines

    DOEpatents

    Hsu, John S (Oak Ridge, TN)

    2009-06-23

    Two new High Slot Utilization (HSU) Systems for electric machines enable the use of form wound coils that have the highest fill factor and the best use of magnetic materials. The epoxy/resin/curing treatment ensures the mechanical strength of the assembly of teeth, core, and coils. In addition, the first HSU system allows the coil layers to be moved inside the slots for the assembly purpose. The second system uses the slided-in teeth instead of the plugged-in teeth. The power density of the electric machine that uses either system can reach its highest limit.

  5. Data Management, a Utility for Science

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Parsons, M. A.; Duerr, R.; Beitler, J.

    2005-12-01

    Data management is a utilitarian endeavor. The oft-stated explosion in scientific data volumes has almost become cliché, and it is widely assumed that we will need to adopt innovative new technologies to manage and provide access to this huge volume of data. Yet users want to concentrate on analyzing or interpreting the data and would rather not be bothered with the cutting edge particulars of how the data flows into their model, analysis tool, or instruction module. They would prefer to just push a button and have the data flow and not worry about finding, extracting, and assessing the relevant data. In short, users would prefer that data management worked like a basic utility--simple, reliable, predictable, and easy to add on to. When data managers adopt this perspective--that data archiving and and delivery is much like a utility or infrastructural technology--it informs many aspects of data systems design from general cost models to software durability and interoperability to the particulars of a user interface. This perspective does not prohibit innovative approaches to data management challenges, but it does guide the approach we take to address those challenges. The software industry is beginning to realize that some software should be viewed as basic infrastructure (e.g., traffic light timing). Similarly, the business world now recognizes that basic information technology is a routine cost of doing business much like electricity and plumbing. By reviewing the experience of these two industries and the broader evolution of utilitarian and infrastructural technologies, we develop a set of best practices that can guide the development of data systems that are durable, reliable, and simple to use.

  6. Electric-utility DSM programs: Terminology and reporting formats

    SciTech Connect

    Hirst, E. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Sabo, C. [Barakat and Chamberlin, Inc., Washington, DC (United States)

    1991-10-01

    The number, scope, effects, and costs of electric-utility demand-site management programs are growing rapidly in the United States. Utilities, their regulators, and energy policy makers need reliable information on the costs of, participation in, and energy and load effects of these programs to make informed decisions. In particular, information is needed on the ability of these programs to cost-effectively provide energy and capacity resources that are alternatives to power plants. This handbook addresses the need for additional and better information in two ways. First, it discusses the key concepts associated with DSM-program types, participation, energy and load effects, and costs. Second, the handbook offers definitions and a sample reporting form for utility DSM programs. The primary purpose in developing these definitions and this form is to encourage consistency in the collection and reporting of data on DSM programs. To ensure that the discussions, reporting formats, and definitions will be useful and used, development of this handbook was managed by a committee, with membership from electric utilities, state regulatory commissions, and the US Department of Energy. Also, this data-collection form was pretested by seven people from six utilities, who completed the form for nine DSM programs.

  7. Positioning the electric utility to build information infrastructure

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-11-01

    In two particular respects (briefly investigated in this study from a lawyer`s perspective), electric utilities appear uniquely well-positioned to contribute to the National Information Infrastructure (NII). First of all, utilities have legal powers derived from their charters and operating authorities, confirmed in their rights-of-way, to carry out activities and functions necessary for delivering electric service. These activities and functions include building telecommunications facilities and undertaking information services that have become essential to managing electricity demand and supply. The economic value of the efficiencies made possible by telecommunications and information could be substantial. How great remains to be established, but by many estimates electric utility applications could fund a significant share of the capital costs of building the NII. Though utilities` legal powers to pursue such efficiencies through telecommunications and information appear beyond dispute, it is likely that the effort to do so will produce substantial excess capacity. Who will benefit from this excess capacity is a potentially contentious political question that demands early resolution. Will this windfall go to the utility, the customer, or no one (because of political paralysis), or will there be some equitable and practical split? A second aspect of inquiry here points to another contemporary issue of very great societal importance that could very well become the platform on which the first question can be resolved fortuitously-how to achieve universal telecommunications service. In the effort to fashion the NII that will now continue, ways and means to maximize the unique potential contribution of electric utilities to meeting important social and economic needs--in particular, universal service--merit priority attention.

  8. Electrolyser-based electricity management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. G. M. Crockett; M. Newborough; D. J. Highgate; S. D. Probert

    1995-01-01

    A novel means for managing electricity, or energy supplies derived from electricity, is proposed. This is termed electrolyser-based management (EBM) and involves energy storage. The energy is stored as the chemical potential-energy of the hydrogen\\/oxygen-water reaction, with the input energy-conversion being performed by an electrolyser and subsequent regeneration to electricity via, preferably, a fuel cell. Proportions of the stored hydrogen

  9. Integrated outage management at Kentucky Utilities

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    Gay, A.D. [UGC Consulting, Englewood, CO (United States); Adkins, K. [Kentucky Utilities, Lexington, KY (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Kentucky Utilities (KU) is pursuing a sophisticated strategy to provide an integrated Distribution Operations System. The program, with Automated Mapping/Facilities Management (AM/FM) as an underlying technology, will deliver Trouble Order Entry/Analysis (TOE/A), Work Management System (WMS), and interfaces/integration with other Information Technology systems. The utility is pursuing this integrated technology to remain a low-cost provider and improve trouble outage management and service quality, while it continues to meet customer growth and industry challenges of the 1990s. This paper describes the TOE/A system that is being implemented at Kentucky Utilities. The system is being integrated with the utility`s AM/FM and Work Management systems. The TOE/A system automatically receives input from Call Entry and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. With the system, KU dispatchers will be able to automatically determine outage device(s), manage trouble crews, and provide status to customers.

  10. Marketing Reordering of the Electric Utility Industry 

    E-print Network

    Anderson, J. A.

    1986-01-01

    of elettric utilities lead to their taking over as our leading suppliers of electricity. Now, despite my interest in free market princi ples--and before anyone says I'm advocating a re turn to yesterday's policy of laissez faire--let me hasten to add... to build a coal-fired generating station. o The efforts of vocal antinuclear advocates, combined with other safety concerns, more than doubled the time required to build a new nuclear generating unit and resulted in very costly backfitting orders...

  11. Manager's guide to electrical power quality

    SciTech Connect

    Ludbrook, A. (Ludbrook and Associates, Dundas, Ontario (Canada))

    1993-05-01

    Electronic equipment has become exceedingly sensitive to the electrical environment. Industry standards to cope with this sensitivity have not been available when needed. Therefore, the term power quality has emerged as a catch-all to explain almost any malfunction of electronic equipment. When a malfunction occurs, for whatever reason, power quality can be invoked to make the power system the scapegoat and the equipment, or its installation, blameless. The power quality syndrome includes such issues as grounding, radio interference, transients, outages, harmonics, etc. Power compatibility or electrical environment compatibility (EEC) would be a more objective term to substitute for power quality. The sensitivity of today's electronic equipment arises from the equipment designers' lack of understanding and concern for the realities of the electrical environment and, to some extent, the utilities' lack of concern of the users' application problems. Consequently, to avoid process interruptions, the user's manager must mediate between the equipment and the power system. The manager must insure that specifications exist for both the equipment and all facets of the plant electrical environment, along with test procedures to insure that these specifications are met. The objective of this article is to show how a manager can handle EEC and, thus, avoid costly redesigns and down time of electrical equipment. Common fallacies, tools for defining the electrical equipment. Common fallacies, tools for defining the electrical environment and some applicable standards (existing and emerging) will also be discussed.

  12. Electrical load management at the Goldstone DSN Complex

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rayburn, J. C.

    1981-01-01

    A Power Load Management Plan was deveoped which utilizes the unique power generating capabilities of the stations to reduce the stress on the local utility's reserve capacity and reduce the cost of electrical power at the stations. The plan has greatly reduced the cost of Goldstone electrical power by completely eliminating the use of commercial power during the local utility's high usage periods each day.

  13. Financial statistics of major US publicly owned electric utilities 1994

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-12-15

    This publication presents 5 years (1990--94) of summary financial data and current year detailed financial data on the major publicly owned electric utilities. Generator and nongenerator summaries are presented. Composite tables present: Aggregates of income statement and balance sheet data, financial indicators, electric operation and maintenance expenses, electric utility plant, number of consumers, sales of electricity, and operating revenue, and electric energy account data.

  14. Electric utility capital spending and rate needs - the next decade

    SciTech Connect

    Studness, C.M.

    1985-06-13

    According to a survey of 85 electric utilities that account for 95% of investor-owned electric utility revenue, capital spending will fall modestly in 1985 and sharply in 1986 and 1987. Specifically, management projects capital spending including the allowance for funds used during construction to drop 1.5% in 1985, 13% in 1986, and 10.5% in 1987, for an overall decline of 23% in three years. This capital spending path would produce a decline in the industry's capitalization growth rate from 9.5% in 1984 to just over 1.5% per year in 1988 and 1989, after which it would accelerate to 7.3% by 1994. There should be virtually no need for utilities to sell common stock from 1988 until 1992 and only inconsequential requirements through 1994. Hence, financing should not become burdensome for the utilities during the next decade, even if a new building cycle produces sharp rises in capital spending during the early 1990s.

  15. Superconducting magnetic energy storage for electric utilities and fusion systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. D. Rogers; H. J. Boenig; W. V. Hassenzahl

    1978-01-01

    Energy storage inductors, under development for load leveling and transmission line stabilization in electric utility systems and for driving magnetic confinement and plasma heating coils in fusion energy system are described. Superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, which will store and deliver electrical energy for load leveling, peak shaving, and the stabilization of electric utility network are discussed. In the

  16. Cyber Security Management for Utility Operations

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Dennis K. Holstein; Jose Diaz

    2006-01-01

    Strong identity management enforced with digital authentication mechanisms has become the leading requirement to improve cyber security for utility operations. Utility operators don?t really care how it works as long as they are confident that it does work. They want a solution that is standards-based, is interoperable with the commonly installed applications, and is extendable for legacy systems to lower

  17. Financial statistics of selected investor-owned electric utilities, 1989

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1991-01-01

    The Financial Statistics of Selected Investor-Owned Electric Utilities publication presents summary and detailed financial accounting data on the investor-owned electric utilities. The objective of the publication is to provide the Federal and State governments, industry, and the general public with current and historical data that can be used for policymaking and decisionmaking purposes related to investor-owned electric utility issues.

  18. Toward an electrical power utility for space exploration

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bercaw, Robert W.

    1989-01-01

    Plans for space exploration depend on today's technology programs addressing the novel requirements of space-based enterprise. The requirements for electrical power will be formidable: megawatts in magnitude, reliability for multi-year missions and the flexibility to adapt to needs unanticipated at design time. The reasons for considering the power management and distribution in the various systems from a total mission perspective, rather than simply extrapolating current spacecraft design practice, are discussed. A utility approach to electric power being developed at the Lewis Research Center is described. It integrates requirements from a broad selection of current development programs with studies in which both space and terrestrial technologies are conceptually applied to exploration mission scenarios.

  19. Utilizing Interns in Facilities Management

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Judkins, Clarissa; Morris, John P.; Molocznik, Chuck

    2011-01-01

    Facilities management is rapidly changing and developing from a position an individual stumbles into--or work one's way up through--to a discipline and vocation all of its own. There is a need for a collaborative strategy among leaders in practice, education, and research to share knowledge and experience and to establish professional and ethical…

  20. Utility fleet managers face mounting regulatory and technical issues

    SciTech Connect

    Kuehn, S.E.

    1993-09-01

    Utility fleet managers have a lot on their minds lately. Equipment procurement, productivity, maintenance and life cycle administration are just a few of the issues confronting fleet managers in their day-to-day operations. What may be challenging them most, however, is a maze of regulatory requirements punctuated by recent environmental and alternate fuel legislation. This article describes the various alternative fuels for use by fleet managers, the regulatory requirements of the Clean Air Act and Energy Policy Act of 1992, and the advantages and disadvantages of the various fuels. The fuels considered are liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, hydrogen, alcohol fuels, and electricity. 1 fig.

  1. DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING TRADE-OFF MODEL FOR ELECTRIC UTILITY OPERATION

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Klein, S. A.

    1994-01-01

    The Distributed processing Trade-off Model for Electric Utility Operation is based upon a study performed for the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This study presented a technique that addresses the question of trade-offs between expanding a communications network or expanding the capacity of distributed computers in an electric utility Energy Management System (EMS). The technique resulted in the development of a quantitative assessment model that is presented in a Lotus 1-2-3 worksheet environment. The model gives EMS planners a macroscopic tool for evaluating distributed processing architectures and the major technical and economic tradeoffs as well as interactions within these architectures. The model inputs (which may be varied according to application and need) include geographic parameters, data flow and processing workload parameters, operator staffing parameters, and technology/economic parameters. The model's outputs are total cost in various categories, a number of intermediate cost and technical calculation results, as well as graphical presentation of Costs vs. Percent Distribution for various parameters. The model has been implemented on an IBM PC using the LOTUS 1-2-3 spreadsheet environment and was developed in 1986. Also included with the spreadsheet model are a number of representative but hypothetical utility system examples.

  2. The role of utilization management under PPS.

    PubMed

    Owens, T R; Averill, R F

    1984-10-01

    Under PPS an effective utilization management system is essential and the implementation of such systems presents a new challenge for hospital managers. An effective utilization management system must have the following characteristics: a process for establishing expected resource levels for each DRG; the ability to assign a working DRG at admission; a review schedule for each DRG; a method of identifying consistent patterns of high utilization; a focused review plan which targets selected DRG and physicians; a method of predicting the clinical treatment requirements of each patient; a review process which evaluates the need for continued hospitalization and identifies the reasons for any misutilization, and a feedback process which modifies the focused review plan on an ongoing basis. By operating a utilization management system with these attributes on a concurrent basis, a hospital will achieve the monitoring and control over its resources so critical under PPS. Hospitals that are able to successfully implement a utilization management system will have accomplished one of the essential components necessary to respond to PPS. PMID:10315615

  3. Enhanced tubes for electric utility steam condensers

    SciTech Connect

    Webb, R.L.; Jaber, H.; Chamra, L.; Kim, Nae-Hyun (Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (USA). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1990-05-03

    Electric utility steam condensers typically use plain tubes made of titanium, stainless steel, or copper alloys. Approximately two-thirds of the total thermal resistance is on the water side of the plain tube. This program seeks to conceive and develop a tube geometry that has special enhancement geometries on the tube (water) side and the steam (shell) side. This enhanced'' tube geometry, will provide increased heat transfer coefficients. The enhanced tubes will allow the steam to condense at a lower temperature. The reduced condensing temperature will reduce the turbine heat rate, and increase the plant peak load capability. Water side fouling and fouling control is a very important consideration affecting the choice of the tube side enhancement. Hence, we have consciously considered fouling potential in our selection of the tube side surface geometry. Using appropriate correlations and theoretical models, we have designed condensation and water side surface geometries that will provide high performance and be cleanable using sponge ball cleaning. Commercial tube manufacturers have made the required tube geometries for test purposes. The heat transfer test program includes measurement of the condensation and water side heat transfer coefficients. Fouling tests are being run to measure the waterside fouling resistance, and to test the ability of the sponge ball cleaning system to clean the tubes. This paper describes the program work, and defines the performance improvements possible. 11 refs., 15 figs., 8 tabs.

  4. CAPTURE OR CONTRACT?: THE EARLY YEARS OF ELECTRIC UTILITY REGULATION

    E-print Network

    Lyon, Thomas P.

    CAPTURE OR CONTRACT?: THE EARLY YEARS OF ELECTRIC UTILITY REGULATION Thomas P. Lyon Nathan Wilson prices rose in states that adopted state regulation before 1917, suggesting that regulators were "captured" by the interests of the regulated electric utilities. An alternative explanation is that state

  5. Load management on the electric power system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. M. Long; J. C. Smith

    1979-01-01

    Load management is the systems concept of altering the real or apparent pattern of electricity use in order to conserve resources, both fuel and capital, in the production and distribution of electrical energy. Load management is achieved through controlling the power flow in the electric system at the generating end (supply management) or the customer end (use management). Traditionally, the

  6. Electrical characterization of a Space Station Freedom alpha utility transfer assembly

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yenni, Edward J.

    1992-01-01

    Electrical testing of a utility transfer assembly (UTA) developmental unit performed from January 22 through February 25, 1992 at the NASA Lewis Research Center using the power management and distribution dc test bed. The dc resistance and steady state temperatures recorded are evidence of the UTA's high electrical transfer efficiency. The impedance test results suggest the total inductance of a UTA crossing pair is substantially higher than originally specified in the Space Station Electrical Power System Architectural Control Document.

  7. A bayesian approach to laboratory utilization management

    PubMed Central

    Hauser, Ronald G.; Jackson, Brian R.; Shirts, Brian H.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Laboratory utilization management describes a process designed to increase healthcare value by altering requests for laboratory services. A typical approach to monitor and prioritize interventions involves audits of laboratory orders against specific criteria, defined as rule-based laboratory utilization management. This approach has inherent limitations. First, rules are inflexible. They adapt poorly to the ambiguity of medical decision-making. Second, rules judge the context of a decision instead of the patient outcome allowing an order to simultaneously save a life and break a rule. Third, rules can threaten physician autonomy when used in a performance evaluation. Methods: We developed an alternative to rule-based laboratory utilization. The core idea comes from a formula used in epidemiology to estimate disease prevalence. The equation relates four terms: the prevalence of disease, the proportion of positive tests, test sensitivity and test specificity. When applied to a laboratory utilization audit, the formula estimates the prevalence of disease (pretest probability [PTP]) in the patients tested. The comparison of PTPs among different providers, provider groups, or patient cohorts produces an objective evaluation of laboratory requests. We demonstrate the model in a review of tests for enterovirus (EV) meningitis. Results: The model identified subpopulations within the cohort with a low prevalence of disease. These low prevalence groups shared demographic and seasonal factors known to protect against EV meningitis. This suggests too many orders occurred from patients at low risk for EV. Conclusion: We introduce a new method for laboratory utilization management programs to audit laboratory services. PMID:25774321

  8. Applying electrical utility least-cost approach to transportation planning

    SciTech Connect

    McCoy, G.A.; Growdon, K.; Lagerberg, B.

    1994-09-01

    Members of the energy and environmental communities believe that parallels exist between electrical utility least-cost planning and transportation planning. In particular, the Washington State Energy Strategy Committee believes that an integrated and comprehensive transportation planning process should be developed to fairly evaluate the costs of both demand-side and supply-side transportation options, establish competition between different travel modes, and select the mix of options designed to meet system goals at the lowest cost to society. Comparisons between travel modes are also required under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). ISTEA calls for the development of procedures to compare demand management against infrastructure investment solutions and requires the consideration of efficiency, socioeconomic and environmental factors in the evaluation process. Several of the techniques and approaches used in energy least-cost planning and utility peak demand management can be incorporated into a least-cost transportation planning methodology. The concepts of avoided plants, expressing avoidable costs in levelized nominal dollars to compare projects with different on-line dates and service lives, the supply curve, and the resource stack can be directly adapted from the energy sector.

  9. Transformers and the Electric Utility System

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Roman, Harry T.

    2005-01-01

    For electric energy to get from the generating station to a home, it must pass through a transformer, a device that can change voltage levels easily. This article describes how transformers work, covering the following topics: (1) the magnetism-electricity link; (2) transformer basics; (3) the energy seesaw; (4) the turns ratio rule; and (5)…

  10. Electric Power Controller for Steering Wheel Management in Electric Cars

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Electric Power Controller for Steering Wheel Management in Electric Cars Vicente Milanés, Joshué. An electric car has been equipped with the system designed and tests to prove the behavior of the system transportation systems. Among these topics, the automation of the actuators involved in the management of a car

  11. Electric vehicle energy management system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Alaoui, Chakib

    This thesis investigates and analyzes novel strategies for the optimum energy management of electric vehicles (EVs). These are aimed to maximize the useful life of the EV batteries and make the EV more practical in order to increase its acceptability to market. The first strategy concerns the right choice of the batteries for the EV according to the user's driving habits, which may vary. Tests conducted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell battery lab show that the batteries perform differently from one manufacturer to the other. The second strategy was to investigate the fast chargeability of different batteries, which leads to reduce the time needed to recharge the EV battery pack. Tests were conducted again to prove that only few battery types could be fast charged. Test data were used to design a fast battery charger that could be installed in an EV charging station. The third strategy was the design, fabrication and application of an Electric Vehicle Diagnostic and Rejuvenation System (EVDRS). This system is based on Mosfet Controlled Thyristors (MCTs). It is capable of quickly identifying any failing battery(s) within the EV pack and rejuvenating the whole battery pack without dismantling them and unloading them. A novel algorithm to rejuvenate Electric Vehicle Sealed Lead Acid Batteries is described. This rejuvenation extends the useful life of the batteries and makes the EV more competitive. The fourth strategy was to design a thermal management system for EV, which is crucial to the safe operation, and the achievement of normal/optimal performance of, electric vehicle (EV) batteries. A novel approach for EV thermal management, based on Pettier-Effect heat pumps, was designed, fabricated and tested in EV. It shows the application of this type of technology for thermal management of EVs.

  12. Financial statistics of major US publicly owned electric utilities 1992

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-01-01

    The 1992 edition of the Financial Statistics of Major US Publicly Owned Electric Utilities publication presents 4 years (1989 through 1992) of summary financial data and current year detailed financial data on the major publicly owned electric utilities. The objective of the publication is to provide Federal and State governments, industry, and the general public with current and historical data that can be used for policymaking and decisionmaking purposes related to publicly owned electric utility issues. Generator and nongenerator summaries are presented in this publication. Four years of summary financial data are provided. Summaries of generators for fiscal years ending June 30 and December 31, nongenerators for fiscal years ending June 30 and December 31, and summaries of all respondents are provided. The composite tables present aggregates of income statement and balance sheet data, as well as financial indicators. Composite tables also display electric operation and maintenance expenses, electric utility plant, number of consumers, sales of electricity, and operating revenue, and electric energy account data. The primary source of publicly owned financial data is the Form EIA-412, {open_quotes}Annual Report of Public Electric Utilities.{close_quotes} Public electric utilities file this survey on a fiscal year, rather than a calendar year basis, in conformance with their recordkeeping practices. In previous editions of this publication, data were aggregated by the two most commonly reported fiscal years, June 30 and December 31. This omitted approximately 20 percent of the respondents who operate on fiscal years ending in other months. Accordingly, the EIA undertook a review of the Form EIA-412 submissions to determine if alternative classifications of publicly owned electric utilities would permit the inclusion of all respondents.

  13. Marketing Reordering of the Electric Utility Industry

    E-print Network

    Anderson, J. A.

    foreign countries. Our members produce a wide range of products including steel, aluminum, chemicals, industrial gases, glass, motor vehicles, textiles and food. ELCON members consume approximately ten percent of all electricity sold to industrial...

  14. 10 CFR 490.307 - Option for Electric Utilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...2013-01-01 false Option for Electric Utilities. 490.307 Section 490.307 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVE FUEL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM Alternative Fuel Provider Vehicle Acquisition Mandate §...

  15. 10 CFR 490.307 - Option for Electric Utilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...2011-01-01 false Option for Electric Utilities. 490.307 Section 490.307 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVE FUEL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM Alternative Fuel Provider Vehicle Acquisition Mandate §...

  16. 10 CFR 490.307 - Option for Electric Utilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 false Option for Electric Utilities. 490.307 Section 490.307 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVE FUEL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM Alternative Fuel Provider Vehicle Acquisition Mandate §...

  17. 10 CFR 490.307 - Option for Electric Utilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...2012-01-01 false Option for Electric Utilities. 490.307 Section 490.307 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVE FUEL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM Alternative Fuel Provider Vehicle Acquisition Mandate §...

  18. 10 CFR 490.307 - Option for Electric Utilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...2014-01-01 false Option for Electric Utilities. 490.307 Section 490.307 Energy DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENERGY CONSERVATION ALTERNATIVE FUEL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM Alternative Fuel Provider Vehicle Acquisition Mandate §...

  19. What Does Industry Expect From An Electrical Utility 

    E-print Network

    Jensen, C. V.

    1989-01-01

    The electric utility industry is an important supplier to Union Carbide and as such must become a proactive participant in our quality programs which are aimed at continuous improvement in everything we do. The essential ingredients in the supplier...

  20. Electricity privatization : should South Korea privatize its state-owned electric utility?

    E-print Network

    Lim, Sungmin

    2011-01-01

    The state-owned electric utility, Korea Electricity Power Cooperation (KEPCO), privatization has been a key word in South Korea since 1997, when the government received $55 billion from the International Monetary Fund in ...

  1. Superconducting energy storage development for electric utility systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. D. Turner; H. J. Boenig; W. V. Hassenzahl

    1977-01-01

    High load factors are desirable goals for all electric utilities to reduce the total power generation cost. Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) technology has progressed to the point where it shows promise as an alternate energy-storage method to pumped hydrostorage for improving electric-utility load factors. Experiments indicate that a SMES system responds quickly (i.e., in milliseconds) to power-system demand and

  2. Electrolysis: Information and Opportunities for Electric Power Utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. Kroposki; J. Levene; K. Harrison; P. K. Sen; F. Novachek

    2006-01-01

    Recent advancements in hydrogen technologies and renewable energy applications show promise for economical near- to mid-term conversion to a hydrogen-based economy. As the use of hydrogen for the electric utility and transportation sectors of the U.S. economy unfolds, electric power utilities need to understand the potential benefits and impacts. This report provides a historical perspective of hydrogen, discusses the process

  3. Electric Utility Transmission and Distribution Line Engineering Program

    SciTech Connect

    Peter McKenny

    2010-08-31

    Economic development in the United States depends on a reliable and affordable power supply. The nation will need well educated engineers to design a modern, safe, secure, and reliable power grid for our future needs. An anticipated shortage of qualified engineers has caused considerable concern in many professional circles, and various steps are being taken nationwide to alleviate the potential shortage and ensure the North American power system's reliability, and our world-wide economic competitiveness. To help provide a well-educated and trained workforce which can sustain and modernize the nation's power grid, Gonzaga University's School of Engineering and Applied Science has established a five-course (15-credit hour) Certificate Program in Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Engineering. The program has been specifically designed to provide working utility engineering professionals with on-line access to advanced engineering courses which cover modern design practice with an industry-focused theoretical foundation. A total of twelve courses have been developed to-date and students may select any five in their area of interest for the T&D Certificate. As each course is developed and taught by a team of experienced engineers (from public and private utilities, consultants, and industry suppliers), students are provided a unique opportunity to interact directly with different industry experts over the eight weeks of each course. Course material incorporates advanced aspects of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering disciplines that apply to power system design and are appropriate for graduate engineers. As such, target students for the certificate program include: (1) recent graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in an engineering field (civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.); (2) senior engineers moving from other fields to the utility industry (i.e. paper industry to utility engineering or project management positions); and (3) regular working professionals wishing to update their skills or increase their knowledge of utility engineering design practices and procedures. By providing graduate educational opportunities for the above groups, the T&D Program will help serve a strong industry need for training the next generation of engineers in the cost-effective design, construction, operation, and maintenance of modern electrical transmission and distribution systems. In addition to developing the on-line engineering courses described above, the T&D Program also focused significant efforts towards enhancing the training opportunities available to power system operators in the northwest. These efforts have included working with outside vendors to provide NERC-approved training courses in Gonzaga University's (GU) system operator training facility, support for an accurate system model which can be used in regional blackstart exercises, and the identification of a retired system operator who could provide actual regional training courses. The GU system operator training facility is also being used to recruit young workers, veterans, and various under-represented groups to the utility industry. Over the past three years students from Columbia Gorge Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, Walla Walla Community College, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, and various local high schools have attended short (one-day) system operator training courses free of charge. These collaboration efforts has been extremely well received by both students and industry, and meet T&D Program objectives of strengthening the power industry workforce while bridging the knowledge base across power worker categories, and recruiting new workers to replace a predominantly retirement age workforce. In the past three years the T&D Program has provided over 170 utility engineers with access to advanced engineering courses, been involved in training more than 300 power system operators, and provided well over 500 college and high school students with an experienc

  4. Electric Utility Energy Storage Systems for Peak Shaving

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. G. OSMAN

    1985-01-01

    The state of the art of energy storage systems used by the electric utilities for peak shaving is discussed. The underlying concepts for the operation of the most important available schemes have been described. Whenever applicable the economics of the energy storage schemes as well as the cost expressed in §\\/Kw of electric capacity have been provided. In addition, the

  5. Reducing uncertainty - responses for electricity utilities to severe solar storms

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gaunt, Charles Trevor

    2014-01-01

    Until recently, electricity utilities in mid- and low-latitude regions believed that solar storms had no (or only insignificant) effect on their power systems. Then it was noticed that the onset of damage in several large transformers, leading to their failure, correlated very closely with the Halloween storm of 2003. Since then engineers have started to appreciate that a very severe storm could have serious consequences outside the high-latitude regions. There are many uncertainties in predicting the effects of solar storms on electrical systems. The severity and time of arrival of a storm are difficult to model; so are the geomagnetically induced currents (GICs) expected to flow in the power networks. Published information about the responses of different types of transformers to GICs is contradictory. Measurements of the abnormal power flows in networks during solar storms generally do not take into account the effects of the current distortion and unbalance, potentially giving misleading signals to the operators. The normal requirement for optimum system management, while allowing for the possibility of faults caused by lightning, birds and other causes, limits the capacity of system operators to respond to the threats of GICs, which are not assessed easily by the N - 1 reliability criterion. A utility's response to the threat of damage by GICs depends on the expected frequency and magnitude of solar storms. Approaches to formulating a response are located in a system model incorporating space physics, network analysis, transformer engineering, network reliability and decision support and the benefits are identified. Approaches adopted in high-latitude regions might not be appropriate where fewer storms are expected to reach damaging levels. The risks of an extreme storm cannot be ignored, and understanding the response mechanisms suitable for low-latitude regions has the capacity to inform and reduce the uncertainty for power systems planners and operators worldwide.

  6. Utilization of heterogeneous grasslands by domestic herbivores: Theory to management

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Review Utilization of heterogeneous grasslands by domestic herbivores: Theory to management Derek W 23 July 1998) Abstract - Domestic herbivores often utilize heterogeneous grasslands unevenly which grasslands, managers must be able to understand and manipulate livestock grazing patterns. Continued research

  7. Utility system integration and optimization models for nuclear power management

    E-print Network

    Deaton, Paul Ferris

    1973-01-01

    A nuclear power management model suitable for nuclear utility systems optimization has been developed for use in multi-reactor fuel management planning over periods of up to ten years. The overall utility planning model ...

  8. Utilization of Heat Pump Water Heaters for Load Management

    SciTech Connect

    Boudreaux, Philip R [ORNL; Jackson, Roderick K [ORNL; Munk, Jeffrey D [ORNL; Gehl, Anthony C [ORNL; Lyne, Christopher T [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    The Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters require residential electric storage water heaters with volumes larger than 55 gallons to have an energy factor greater than 2.0 after April 2015. While this standard will significantly increase the energy efficiency of water heaters, large electric storage water heaters that do not use heat pump technologies may no longer be available. Since utilities utilize conventional large-volume electric storage water heaters for thermal storage in demand response programs, there is a concern that the amended standard will significantly limit demand response capacity. To this end, Oak Ridge National Laboratory partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority to investigate the load management capability of heat pump water heaters that meet or exceed the forthcoming water heater standard. Energy consumption reduction during peak periods was successfully demonstrated, while still meeting other performance criteria. However, to minimize energy consumption, it is important to design load management strategies that consider the home s hourly hot water demand so that the homeowner has sufficient hot water.

  9. Pacific gas electric: 1993 EL P Utility of the Year. Incentive nuclear regulation spurs financial comeback

    SciTech Connect

    Hoske, M.T.; Beaty, W.

    1993-12-01

    Incentive agreements for Diablo Canyon nuclear plant helped spur Pacific Gas Electric Co.'s financial comeback. Consistent nuclear plant capacity factors above 80 percent contributed 38 percent of 1992 PG E earnings per share. This, plus aggressive cost cutting and reorganization, industry leading demand-side management, environmental measures and a rate refund and freeze are among the reasons Electric Light Power magazine names Pacific Gas Electric Co. the 1993 EL P Utility of the Year. San Francisco-based PG E is the 25th utility to receive the annual award for investor-owned electric utilities. PG E employees strive to create the kind of environment that can address increasing industry competitiveness. Rather than just doing their jobs, people consistently challenge each other to do their jobs better, trying to anticipate the changes of tomorrow and the next millennium.

  10. Electric utility fossil fuels beyond 1985

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. H. Wolk; S. A. Vejtasa

    1978-01-01

    Numerous research and development studies sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) identified candidate coal-liquefaction processes for commercialization beginning in the mid-1980's, i.e., the H-Coal and Exxon processes to produce liquid turbine fuels and distillate and heavy boiler fuels (DBF and HBF), the donor and solvent processes for DBF and HBF, and the Solvent-Refiner-Coal (SRC)-II process for DBF. The

  11. Statistical recoupling: A new way to break the link between electric-utility sales and revenues

    SciTech Connect

    Hirst, E.

    1993-09-01

    In 1991, US electric utilities spent almost $1.8 billion on demand-side management (DSM) programs. These programs cut peak demands 5% and reduced electricity sales 1% that year. Utility projections suggest that these reductions will increase to 9% and 3%, respectively, by the year 2001. However, utility DSM efforts vary enormously across the country, concentrated in a few states along the east and west coasts and the upper midwest. To some extent, this concentration is a function of regulatory reforms that remove disincentives to utility shareholders for investments in DSM programs. A key component of these reforms is recovery of the net lost revenues caused by utility DSM programs. These lost revenues occur between rate cases when a utility encourages its customers to improve energy efficiency and cut demand. The reduction in sales means that the utility has less revenue to cover its fixed costs. This report describes a new method, statistical recoupling (SR), that addresses this net-lost-revenue problem. Like other decoupling approaches, SR breaks the link between electric-utility revenues and sales. Unlike other approaches, SR minimizes changes from traditional regulation. In particular, the risks of revenue swings associated with year-to-year changes in weather and the economy remain with the utility under SR. Statistical recoupling uses statistical models, based on historical data, that explain retail electricity sales as functions of the number of utility customers, winter and summer weather, the condition of the local economy, electricity price, and perhaps a few other key variables. These models, along with the actual values of the explanatory variables, are then used to estimate ``allowed`` electricity sales and revenues in future years.

  12. Financial statistics major US publicly owned electric utilities 1996

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1998-03-01

    The 1996 edition of The Financial Statistics of Major US Publicly Owned Electric Utilities publication presents 5 years (1992 through 1996) of summary financial data and current year detailed financial data on the major publicly owned electric utilities. The objective of the publication is to provide Federal and State governments, industry, and the general public with current and historical data that can be used for policymaking and decision making purposes related to publicly owned electric utility issues. Generator and nongenerator summaries are presented in this publication. Five years of summary financial data are provided. Summaries of generators for fiscal years ending June 30 and December 31, nongenerators for fiscal years ending June 30 and December 31, and summaries of all respondents are provided. The composite tables present aggregates of income statement and balance sheet data, as well as financial indicators. Composite tables also display electric operation and maintenance expenses, electric utility plant, number of consumers, sales of electricity, and operating revenue, and electric energy account data. 2 figs., 32 tabs.

  13. An Examination of Temporal Trends in Electricity Reliability Based on Reports from U.S. Electric Utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Eto, Joseph H.; LaCommare, Kristina Hamachi; Larsen, Peter; Todd, Annika; Fisher, Emily

    2012-01-06

    Since the 1960s, the U.S. electric power system has experienced a major blackout about once every 10 years. Each has been a vivid reminder of the importance society places on the continuous availability of electricity and has led to calls for changes to enhance reliability. At the root of these calls are judgments about what reliability is worth and how much should be paid to ensure it. In principle, comprehensive information on the actual reliability of the electric power system and on how proposed changes would affect reliability ought to help inform these judgments. Yet, comprehensive, national-scale information on the reliability of the U.S. electric power system is lacking. This report helps to address this information gap by assessing trends in U.S. electricity reliability based on information reported by electric utilities on power interruptions experienced by their customers. Our research augments prior investigations, which focused only on power interruptions originating in the bulk power system, by considering interruptions originating both from the bulk power system and from within local distribution systems. Our research also accounts for differences among utility reliability reporting practices by employing statistical techniques that remove the influence of these differences on the trends that we identify. The research analyzes up to 10 years of electricity reliability information collected from 155 U.S. electric utilities, which together account for roughly 50% of total U.S. electricity sales. The questions analyzed include: 1. Are there trends in reported electricity reliability over time? 2. How are trends in reported electricity reliability affected by the installation or upgrade of an automated outage management system? 3. How are trends in reported electricity reliability affected by the use of IEEE Standard 1366-2003?

  14. Specific systems studies of battery energy storage for electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Akhil, A.A.; Lachenmeyer, L. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Jabbour, S.J. [Decision Focus, Inc., Mountain View, CA (United States); Clark, H.K. [Power Technologies, Inc., Roseville, CA (United States)

    1993-08-01

    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, conducts the Utility Battery Storage Systems Program, which is sponsored by the US Department of Energy`s Office of Energy Management. As a part of this program, four utility-specific systems studies were conducted to identify potential battery energy storage applications within each utility network and estimate the related benefits. This report contains the results of these systems studies.

  15. Electric utility integrated resource planning in the US

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. R. MacGregor; J. L. Oplinger; H. G. Stoll

    2009-01-01

    Utility planning in the United States has gone through major changes over the last two decades. During periods of high growth and declining costs in the 1950s and 1960s, utility planning could be described as capacity planning. With the combined effects of inflation, the oil crisis and environmental legislation came a new emphasis on demand-side management (DSM). As the result

  16. Management of electric back-up demand for solar heating and cooling applications. Final report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Debs

    1978-01-01

    The need and effectiveness of load management techniques to improve the economics of electrical utilization of solar buildings is studied. The study looks into this problem as it relates to Northern and Southern utility areas. The study consists of developing computer simulation models of eight different solar systems equipped with load management control devices. Each load management system is optimized

  17. Risk communication manual for electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Swanson, S.; Friedman, S.; Bridgen, P.; Covello, V.; Slovic, P.; Cohn, J. (Clement International Corp., Fairfax, VA (USA))

    1991-06-01

    This manual focuses on the subject of risk communication to provide utilities with methods that facilitate effective public communication concerning perceived risks. Successful risk communication can enhance a company's image during regular activities or in an emergency situation can leave a legacy of public distrust and anger. Since the mid-1980s, researchers have been studying factors involved in risk communication. These factors are complex and involve public perceptions and strongly held cultural values. Based on these studies, the Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of Seven Cardinal Rules of Risk Communication'' (Covello and Allen). The EPA emphasizes there are no easy prescriptions for successful risk communication, but it feels these rules can be applied usefully in both the public and private sectors. This manual provides advice and extensive guidance on how to translate these rules into practice.

  18. Acid rain and electric utilities: Permits, allowances, monitoring and meteorology

    SciTech Connect

    Dayal, P. [ed.] [Tucson Electric Power Co., AZ (United States)

    1995-12-31

    This conference was held January 23--25, 1995 in Tempe, Arizona. The purpose of the conference was to provide a multidisciplinary forum for exchange of state-of-the-art information on the environmental effects electric utilities have in relation to air pollution and acid rain. Attention is focused on many of the permitting and monitoring issues facing the electric utilities industry. Sulfur dioxide allowances, Title IV and Title V issues, Acid Rain Program implementation and Continuing Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) are some of the relevant topics covered in this proceedings. Individual papers have been processed separately for inclusion in the appropriate data bases.

  19. Cost analysis of energy storage systems for electric utility applications

    SciTech Connect

    Akhil, A. [Sandia National Lab., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Swaminathan, S.; Sen, R.K. [R.K. Sen & Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD (United States)

    1997-02-01

    Under the sponsorship of the Department of Energy, Office of Utility Technologies, the Energy Storage System Analysis and Development Department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) conducted a cost analysis of energy storage systems for electric utility applications. The scope of the study included the analysis of costs for existing and planned battery, SMES, and flywheel energy storage systems. The analysis also identified the potential for cost reduction of key components.

  20. ORFIN: An electric utility financial and production simulator

    SciTech Connect

    Hadley, S.W.

    1996-03-01

    With the coming changes in the electrical industry, there is a broad need to understand the impacts of restructuring on customers, existing utilities, and other stakeholders. Retail wheeling; performance-based regulation; unbundling of generation, transmission, and distribution; and the impact of stranded commitments are all key issues in the discussions of the future of the industry. To quantify these issues, financial and production cost models are required. The authors have created a smaller and faster finance and operations model call the Oak Ridge Financial Model (ORFIN) to help analyze the ramifications of the issues identified above. It combines detailed pricing and financial analysis with an economic dispatch model over a multi-year period. Several types of ratemaking are modeled, as well as the wholesale market and retail wheeling. Multiple plants and purchased power contracts are modeled for economic dispatch, and separate financial accounts are kept for each. Transmission, distribution, and other functions are also broken out. Regulatory assets such as deferred tax credits and demand-side management (DSM) programs are also included in the income statement and balance sheet. This report describes some of the key features of the model. Examples of the financial reports are shown, with a description of their formulation. Some of the ways these results can be used in analyzing various issues are provided.

  1. 42 CFR 423.153 - Drug utilization management, quality assurance, and medication therapy management programs (MTMPs).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...utilization management program, quality assurance measures and systems, and an MTMP...utilization management. A Part...regarding its quality assurance measures and systems, according...Medication therapy management program...

  2. EPRI guide to managing nuclear utility protective clothing programs

    SciTech Connect

    Kelly, J.J. (Right Angle Industries, Melbourne, FL (USA))

    1991-05-01

    The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) commissioned a radioactive waste related project (RP2414-34) during the last quarter of 1989 to produce a guide for developing and managing nuclear protective clothing programs. Every nuclear facility must coordinate some type of protective clothing program for its radiation workers to insure proper and safe protection for the wearer and to maintain control over the spread of contamination. Yet, every nuclear facility has developed its own unique program for managing such clothing. Accordingly, a need existed for a reference guide to assist with the standardization of protective clothing programs and to assist in controlling the potentially runaway economics of such programs. This document is the first known effort to formalize the planning and economic factors surrounding a nuclear utility protective clothing program. It is intended to be informative by addressing the various pieces of information necessary to establish and maintain an effective, professionally managed protective clothing program. It also attempts to provide guidance toward tailoring the information and providing examples within the report to fit each utility's specific needs. This report is further intended to address new issues and trends occurring throughout the nuclear industry in late 1989 which can have either a significant positive or negative impact on the operations or economics of nuclear protective clothing programs. 1 ref., 11 tabs.

  3. Electric utility applications of hydrogen energy storage systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Swaminathan; R. K. Sen

    1997-01-01

    This report examines the capital cost associated with various energy storage systems that have been installed for electric utility application. The storage systems considered in this study are Battery Energy Storage (BES), Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) and Flywheel Energy Storage (FES). The report also projects the cost reductions that may be anticipated as these technologies come down the learning

  4. Electric utility benefits of superconducting magnetic energy storage

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. G. De Steese; J. E. Dagle

    1990-01-01

    This paper summarizes a preliminary scoping analysis to illustrate examples of the benefits electric utilities might derive from Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES). A major objective of the study was to show that, even though SMES technology is at an early stage of development, available data permit the assessment of SMES benefits and costs in specific system applications. The purpose

  5. Electric utility mergers: Competition, deregulation and the evolving federal policy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Patton, David Baird

    As the electric utility industry moves from a regulated monopoly structure to a deregulated competitive market, horizontal and vertical merger activity has increased substantially. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") generally takes the lead at the federal level for reviewing the competitive effects of electric utility mergers. Shortly after it issued its order open access order requiring utilities to allow others to use their transmission systems in 1996, FERC issued a merger policy statement outlining a new analytic approach that more accurately reflects the physical and economic realities of competition in a deregulated electric industry. This study will critically examine the federal merger review process and policies seeking to determine whether (1) the Commission's methodology provides an accurate and reliable measure of the effects of a merger on competition, (2) the market power remedies that the Commission has required from merger applicants mitigate potential market power and improve economic efficiency, and (3) transactions costs provide an alternative explanation for horizontal electric utility mergers. In addition to the economic analysis of these issues, the study includes an empirical analysis of the effects of three recent mergers.

  6. Using Utility Information to Calibrate Customer Demand Management Behavior Models

    E-print Network

    Using Utility Information to Calibrate Customer Demand Management Behavior Models Murat Fahrio calibration, load curtailment, system security. Introduction The best resource for a utility to solve its]. Mechanism design theory [6] has been utilized to optimize the contracts to maximize utility benefit

  7. Programmable timed electrical power management device

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nyenya

    1994-01-01

    A programmable timed electrical power management device protects and controls electrical equipment and peripherals which are plugged into it. The front of the housing containing the electrical circuitry is provided with a LCD display, a series of pressure sensitive switches for inputting function and control commands to control the operation of the device. A series of LED's mounted on the

  8. Electric load management and energy conservation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kheir, N. A.

    1976-01-01

    Electric load management and energy conservation relate heavily to the major problems facing power industry at present. The three basic modes of energy conservation are identified as demand reduction, increased efficiency and substitution for scarce fuels. Direct and indirect load management objectives are to reduce peak loads and have future growth in electricity requirements in such a manner to cause more of it to fall off the system's peak. In this paper, an overview of proposed and implemented load management options is presented. Research opportunities exist for the evaluation of socio-economic impacts of energy conservation and load management schemes specially on the electric power industry itself.

  9. An analysis of electric utility embedded power supply costs

    SciTech Connect

    Kahal, M.; Brown, D.

    1998-07-01

    There is little doubt that for the vast majority of electric utilities the embedded costs of power supply exceed market prices, giving rise to the stranded cost problem. Beyond that simple generalization, there are a number of crucial questions, which this study attempts to answer. What are the regional patterns of embedded cost differences? To what extent is the cost problem attributable to nuclear power? How does the cost of purchased power compare to the cost of utility self-generation? What is the breakdown of utility embedded generation costs between operating costs - which are potentially avoidable--and ownership costs, which by definition are ``sunk'' and therefore not avoidable? How will embedded generation costs and market prices compare over time? These are the crucial questions for states as they address retail-restructuring proposal. This study presents an analysis of generation costs, which addresses these key questions. A computerized costing model was developed and applied using FERC Form 1 data for 1995. The model analyzed embedded power supply costs (i.e.; self-generation plus purchased power) for two groups of investor-owned utilities, 49 non-nuclear vs. 63 nuclear. These two subsamples represent substantially the entire US investor-owned electric utility industry. For each utility, embedded cost is estimated both at busbar and at meter.

  10. Consumer's Guide to the economics of electric-utility ratemaking

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-05-01

    This guide deals primarily with the economics of electric utilities, although certain legal and organizational aspects of utilities are discussed. Each of the seven chapters addresses a particular facet of public-utility ratemaking. Chapter One contains a discussion of the evolution of the public-utility concept, as well as the legal and economic justification for public utilities. The second chapter sets forth an analytical economic model which provides the basis for the next four chapters. These chapters contain a detailed examination of total operating costs, the rate base, the rate of return, and the rate structure. The final chapter discusses a number of current issues regarding electric utilities, mainly factors related to fuel-adjustment costs, advertising, taxes, construction work in progress, and lifeline rates. Some of the examples used in the Guide are from particular states, such as Illinois and California. These examples are used to illustrate specific points. Consumers in other states can generalize them to their states and not change the meaning or significance of the points. 27 references, 8 tables.

  11. Analysis of wind energy systems for selected electric utilities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McCabe, T. F.

    1984-07-01

    The value of wind energy conversion systems (WECS), the amount a utility could afford to pay for wind machines with no reliability penalties was assessed. Nine electric utilities were analyzed and different wind turbine installation years to determine the effects of changes in generation mix and how capacity displacement would alter fuel savings were considered. Wind resource and WECS performance, current and projected utility characteristics, and utility financial parameters relative to carrying investments in production facilities are compared. It is found that WECS savings are dependent on generation mix and increase when fuel costs increase, capacity credit ranges considerably and can enhance the value of WECS, and the value of WECS is dependent in a highly complex manner on financial considerations, amount of wind energyy available, and per unit savings.

  12. Electric utility applications of hydrogen energy storage systems

    SciTech Connect

    Swaminathan, S.; Sen, R.K.

    1997-10-15

    This report examines the capital cost associated with various energy storage systems that have been installed for electric utility application. The storage systems considered in this study are Battery Energy Storage (BES), Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) and Flywheel Energy Storage (FES). The report also projects the cost reductions that may be anticipated as these technologies come down the learning curve. This data will serve as a base-line for comparing the cost-effectiveness of hydrogen energy storage (HES) systems in the electric utility sector. Since pumped hydro or compressed air energy storage (CAES) is not particularly suitable for distributed storage, they are not considered in this report. There are no comparable HES systems in existence in the electric utility sector. However, there are numerous studies that have assessed the current and projected cost of hydrogen energy storage system. This report uses such data to compare the cost of HES systems with that of other storage systems in order to draw some conclusions as to the applications and the cost-effectiveness of hydrogen as a electricity storage alternative.

  13. Wind turbines for electric utilities: Development status and economics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ramler, J. R.; Donovan, R. M.

    1979-01-01

    The technology and economics of the large, horizontal-axis wind turbines currently in the Federal Wind Energy Program are presented. Wind turbine technology advancements made in the last several years are discussed. It is shown that, based on current projections of the costs of these machines when produced in quantity, they should be attractive for utility application. The cost of electricity (COE) produced at the busbar is shown to be a strong function of the mean wind speed at the installation site. The breakeven COE as a fuel saver is discussed and the COE range that would be generally attractive to utilities is indicated.

  14. Wind turbines for electric utilities - Development status and economics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ramler, J. R.; Donovan, R. M.

    1979-01-01

    The technology and economics of the large, horizontal-axis wind turbines currently in the Federal Wind Energy Program are presented. Wind turbine technology advancements made in the last several years are discussed. It is shown that, based on current projections of the costs of these machines when produced in quantity, they should be attractive for utility application. The cost of electricity (COE) produced at the busbar is shown to be a strong function of the mean wind speed at the installation site. The breakeven COE as a 'fuel saver' is discussed and the COE range that would be generally attractive to utilities is indicated.

  15. User Friendly Cyberinfrastructures and Their Utility for Scholarly Knowledge Management

    E-print Network

    Menczer, Filippo

    1 User Friendly Cyberinfrastructures and Their Utility for Scholarly Knowledge Management Dr. Katy ToolsKM Tools CI This Talk has Three Parts: 1. Knowledge Management Tools for Scholars 2. Knowledge Management Tools for General Public 2 #12;2 Cyberinfrastructure Development Knowledge Management

  16. 42 CFR 423.153 - Drug utilization management, quality assurance, and medication therapy management programs (MTMPs).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

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    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

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    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

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  19. 42 CFR 423.153 - Drug utilization management, quality assurance, and medication therapy management programs (MTMPs).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

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  20. Repeated regulatory failures: British electric utilities, 1919--1937

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    van der Werf, Ysbrand John

    This dissertation uses previously unexamined firm-level data to look at British electric utilities during the 1919--1937 period. The persistent influence of the 1882 and 1888 Electric Lighting Acts had a significant role in perpetuating the inefficient market structure and high costs of the industry. First, I examine factors that influence costs in 1919 and compare the relative cost efficiency of municipally-owned and investor-owned utilities (munis and IOUs). Scale and load factor are found to be more important than ownership in influencing costs, although IOUs enjoy a scale advantage. Given costs, there is no difference in prices between IOUs and munis, and on average prices were 20 percent below monopoly prices. Looking at the 1919--1928 period and examining changes in the industry as measured by the firms' choices in frequency, current, and interconnections with other utilities shows evidence for a great deal of change, which occurred in statistically predictable ways. Utilities are standardizing the type of current produced, and the eventual localized standard frequencies were selected by 1907. There is little in the way of market rivalry between mum's and IOUs but large munis are less likely to build networks and sell in the wholesale market. Finally, I compare the changes that occurred during the 1919--1928 period, under the weak intervention of the Electricity Commissioners, with those of the 1928--1937 period, under the strong intervention of the Central Electricity Board. Without the CEB localized frequency standards would likely have remained in place. The CEB intervened directly in the wholesale market, but contrary to common perceptions, this strong intervention had relatively little impact on trends observed in the industry under the weak intervention of the 1919--1928 period: the CEB reduced prices and costs by no more than about 15 percent and was responsible for at most a quarter of their decline during the 1928--37 period.

  1. A knowledge based model of electric utility operations. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1993-08-11

    This report consists of an appendix to provide a documentation and help capability for an analyst using the developed expert system of electric utility operations running in CLIPS. This capability is provided through a separate package running under the WINDOWS Operating System and keyed to provide displays of text, graphics and mixed text and graphics that explain and elaborate on the specific decisions being made within the knowledge based expert system.

  2. Utilizing Verbally Told Stories for Informal Knowledge Management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Stephan Lukosch; Michael Klebl; Tanja Buttler

    2011-01-01

    In knowledge management, the act of telling stories is utilized to capture and convey knowledge. Spoken language is the basis for telling stories. Collaborative audio-based storytelling uses the act of verbally telling stories in groups. In this paper, we explore how to utilize verbally told stories for informal knowledge management. To identify the requirements for an information system that supports

  3. Towards Mathematical Knowledge Management for Electrical Engineering

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Agnieszka Rowinska-schwarzweller; Christoph Schwarzweller

    2007-01-01

    We explore mathematical knowledge in the field of electri- cal engineering and claim that electrical engineering is a suitable area of application for mathematical knowledge management: We show that mathematical knowledge arising in electrical engineering can be success- fully handled by existing MKM systems, namely by the Mizar system. To this end we consider in this paper network theory and

  4. Direct load management of electric vehicles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mahnoosh Alizadeh; Anna Scaglione; Robert J. Thomas

    2011-01-01

    Electrical Vehicles are gaining increasing attention, due to the opportunities and challenges they present for the energy market. On the one hand, they will allow to drastically reduce the need for oil; on the other hand they may require a significant shift in the day to day management of the electricity generation. This paper is concerned with finding appropriate models

  5. Working memory management and predicted utility

    PubMed Central

    Chatham, Christopher H.; Badre, David

    2013-01-01

    Given the limited capacity of working memory (WM), its resources should be allocated strategically. One strategy is filtering, whereby access to WM is granted preferentially to items with the greatest utility. However, reallocation of WM resources might be required if the utility of maintained information subsequently declines. Here, we present behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging evidence that human participants track changes in the predicted utility of information in WM. First, participants demonstrated behavioral costs when the utility of items already maintained in WM declined and resources should be reallocated. An adapted Q-learning model indicated that these costs scaled with the historical utility of individual items. Finally, model-based neuroimaging demonstrated that frontal cortex tracked the utility of items to be maintained in WM, whereas ventral striatum tracked changes in the utility of items maintained in WM to the degree that these items are no longer useful. Our findings suggest that frontostriatal mechanisms track the utility of information in WM, and that these dynamics may predict delays in the removal of information from WM. PMID:23882196

  6. Identifying and managing inappropriate hospital utilization: a policy synthesis.

    PubMed Central

    Payne, S M

    1987-01-01

    Utilization review, the assessment of the appropriateness and efficiency of hospital care through review of the medical record, and utilization management, deliberate action by payers or hospital administrators to influence providers of hospital services to increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which services are provided, are valuable but relatively unfamiliar strategies for containing hospital costs. The purpose of this synthesis is to increase awareness of the scope of and potential for these approaches among health services managers and administrators, third-party payers, policy analysts, and health services researchers. The synthesis will assist the reader to trace the conceptual context and the historical development of utilization review from unstructured methods using individual physicians' professional judgment to structured methods using explicit criteria; to establish the context of utilization review and clarify its uses; to understand the concepts and tools used in assessing the efficiency of hospital use; and to select, design, and evaluate utilization review and utilization management programs. The extent of inappropriate (medical unnecessary) hospital utilization and the factors associated with it are described. Implications for managers, providers, and third-party payers in targeting utilization review and in designing and evaluating utilization management programs are discussed. PMID:3121538

  7. Utility emissions associated with electric and hybrid vehicle (EHV) charging

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1993-04-01

    This project is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to conduct a comprehensive, in-depth assessment of the emission impacts of electric and hybrid vehicles (EHV's). The study determines local and regional emission impacts under a variety of scenarios, covering both conservative and optimistic assumptions about vehicle efficiency, power plant efficiency, and other factors. In all scenarios, EHV use significantly reduces urban emissions of CO, VOC, and TSP. Changes in NO(x) and CO2 emissions are very sensitive to average or marginal power plant emissions and vehicle efficiency assumptions. NOx and CO2 emissions changes vary dramatically by region. Certain combinations of EHV and CV scenarios and regions result in significant reductions, while other combinations result in significant increases. Careful use of these results is advised. In all scenarios, SO2 increases with EHV use although the amount is small--less than 1% of total utility emissions even with the deployment of 12 million EHVS. But because of emission cap provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, national SO2 totals will not be allowed to increase. Thus, utilities will have to apply more stringent measures to combat increased SO2 emissions due to the increased use of electric vehicles.

  8. Neptune Orbiters Utilizing Solar and Radioisotope Electric Propulsion

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fiehler, Douglas I.; Oleson, Steven R.

    2004-01-01

    In certain cases, Radioisotope Electric Propulsion (REP), used in conjunction with other propulsion systems, could be used to reduce the trip times for outer planetary orbiter spacecraft. It also has the potential to improve the maneuverability and power capabilities of the spacecraft when the target body is reached as compared with non-electric propulsion spacecraft. Current missions under study baseline aerocapture systems to capture into a science orbit after a Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) stage is jettisoned. Other options under study would use all REP transfers with small payloads. Compared to the SEP stage/Aerocapture scenario, adding REP to the science spacecraft as well as a chemical capture system can replace the aerocapture system but with a trip time penalty. Eliminating both the SEP stage and the aerocapture system and utilizing a slightly larger launch vehicle, Star 48 upper stage, and a combined REP/Chemical capture system, the trip time can nearly be matched while providing over a kilowatt of science power reused from the REP maneuver. A Neptune Orbiter mission is examined utilizing single propulsion systems and combinations of SEP, REP, and chemical systems to compare concepts.

  9. Financial statistics of selected publicly owned electric utilities 1989. [Contains glossary

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1991-02-06

    The Financial Statistics of Selected Publicly Owned Electric Utilities publication presents summary and detailed financial accounting data on the publicly owned electric utilities. The objective of the publication is to provide the Federal and State governments, industry, and the general public with data that can be used for policymaking and decision making purposes relating to publicly owned electric utility issues. 21 tabs.

  10. 76 FR 57723 - Electricity Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process Guideline

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-09-16

    ...DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Electricity Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management...comment on DOE's intent to publish the Electricity Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management...is targeted to the specific needs of electricity sector organizations and adds to...

  11. The past, present, and future of U.S. utility demand-side management programs

    SciTech Connect

    Eto, J. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Environmental Energy Technologies Div.

    1996-12-01

    Demand-side management or DSM refers to active efforts by electric and gas utilities to modify customers` energy use patterns. The experience in the US shows that utilities, when provided with appropriate incentives, can provide a powerful stimulus to energy efficiency in the private sector. This paper describes the range and history of DSM programs offered by US electric utilities, with a focus on the political, economic, and regulatory events that have shaped their evolution. It also describes the changes these programs are undergoing as a result of US electricity industry restructuring. DSM programs began modestly in the 1970s in response to growing concerns about dependence on foreign sources of oil and environmental consequences of electricity generation, especially nuclear power. The foundation for the unique US partnership between government and utility interests can be traced first to the private-ownership structure of the vertically integrated electricity industry and second to the monopoly franchise granted by state regulators. Electricity industry restructuring calls into question both of these basic conditions, and thus the future of utility DSM programs for the public interest. Future policies guiding ratepayer-funded energy-efficiency DSM programs will need to pay close attention to the specific market objectives of the programs and to the balance between public and private interests.

  12. Electric utility use of fireside additives. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Locklin, D.W.; Krause, H.H.; Anson, D.; Reid, W.

    1980-01-01

    Fireside additives have been used or proposed for use in fossil-fired utility boilers to combat a number of problems related to boiler performance and reliability. These problems include corrosion, fouling, superheat control, and acidic emissions. Fuel additives and other fireside additives have been used mainly with oil firing; however, there is growing experience with additives in coal-firing, especially for flyash conditioning to improve the performance of electrostatic precipitators. In decisions regarding the selection and use of additives, utilities have had to rely extensively on empiricism, due partly to an incomplete understanding of processes involved and partly to the limited amount of quantitative data. The study reported here was sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute to assemble and analyze pertinent operating experience and to recommend guidelines for utility decisions on the use of additives. The combined results of the state-of-the-art review of technical literature and a special survey of utility experience are reported. A total of 38 utilities participated in the survey, providing information on trials conducted on 104 units in 93 different plants. Altogether, 445 separate trials were reported, each representing a unit/additive/fuel combination. Additives used in these trials included 90 different additive formulations, both pure compounds and proprietary products. These formulations were categorized into 37 generic classes according to their chemical constituents, and the results of the survey are presented by these generic classes. The findings are organized according to the operating problems for which fireside additives are used. Guidelines are presented for utility use in additive selection and in planning additive trials.

  13. Electric utility use of fireside additives. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Locklin, D.W.; Krause, H.H.; Anson, D.; Reid, W.

    1980-01-01

    Fireside additives have been used or proposed for use in fossil-fired utility boilers to combat a number of problems related to boiler performance and reliability. These problems include corrosion, fouling, superheat control, and acidic emissions. Fuel additivies and other fireside additives have been used mainly with oil firing; however, there is growing experience with additives in coal-firing, especially for flyash conditioning to improve the performance of electrostatic precipitators. In decisions regarding the selection and use of additives, utilities have had to rely extensively on empiricism, due partly to our incomplete understanding of processes involved and partly to the limited amount of quantitative data. The study reported here was sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute to assemble and analyze pertinent operating experience and to recommend guidelines for utility decisions on the use of additives. This report describes the combined results of the state-of-the-art review of technical literature and a special survey of utility experience. A total of 38 utilities participated in the survey, providing information on trials conducted on 104 units in 93 different plants. Altogether, 445 separate trials were reported, each representing a unit/additive/fuel combination. 90 different additive formulations, both pure compounds and proprietary products, were categorized into 37 generic classes according to their chemical constituents, and the results of the survey are presented by these generic classes. This report is organized according to the operating problems for which fireside additives are used. Guidelines are presented for utility use in additive selection and in planning additive trials.

  14. Utilizing optimization in municipal stormwater management 

    E-print Network

    Dorman, Stephen Paul

    1995-01-01

    planning methodology which utilizes an optimization routine as its primary decision making tool. A thorough literature review presents the historical and current trends in the general area of stormwater quality. A detailed explanation and analysis...

  15. Utilizing optimization in municipal stormwater management

    E-print Network

    Dorman, Stephen Paul

    1995-01-01

    planning methodology which utilizes an optimization routine as its primary decision making tool. A thorough literature review presents the historical and current trends in the general area of stormwater quality. A detailed explanation and analysis...

  16. Fabric filters for the Electric Utility Industry: Volume 1, General concepts

    SciTech Connect

    Bustard, C.J.; Cushing, K.M.; Pontius, D.H.; Smith, W.B.; Carr, R.C.

    1988-01-01

    This publication is the first in a series presenting results of EPRI's research and development work applying baghouse technology to the collection of particulate matter at coal-fired electric power generating plants. The series, Fabric Filters for the Electric Utility Industry, is intended as a practical, hands-on reference for plant operators, engineers, and home office managers. Multiple volumes are planned, each to be produced sequentially over the period 1987-1989. Topics to be addressed include operating principles and terminology, baghouse design considerations, bags and fabrics, flue gas dynamics, reverse-gas cleaning, reverse-gas cleaning with sonic assistance, shake/deflate cleaning, pulse-jet cleaning, combined SO/sub 2/ collection, and operation and maintenance. Volume 1, General Concepts contains a discussion of fly ash formation, technologies for particulate control, baghouse operating principles and terminology, filtration mechanisms, the filtration process, and baghouse application in the US utility industry. 24 refs., 20 figs.

  17. Nonpropulsive applications of ion beams. [electric propulsion technology utilization

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hudson, W. R.

    1976-01-01

    This paper describes the results of an investigation of the nonpropulsive applications of electric propulsion technology. Eight centimeter ion beam sources utilizing xenon and argon have been developed that operate over a wide range of beam energies and currents. Three types of processes have been studied - sputter deposition, ion beam machining, and ion beam surface texturing. The broad range of source operating conditions allows optimum sputter deposition of various materials. An ion beam source has also been used to ion mill laser reflection holograms using photoresist patterns on silicon. Ion beam texturing has been tried with many materials and has a multitude of potential applications.

  18. Economic analysis of electric utility earnings attrition. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1986-06-01

    For the past decade, electric utilities in the United States have repeatedly earned less than the rates of return allowed them by regulatory authorities. This pattern is referred to as attrition. Some observers of the industry see attrition as a serious problem and a major deterrent to economically efficient investment in generating and transmission facilities that will be needed in the 1990s. Others view attrition as much less important. This study addresses some fundamental questions about attrition: its extent, its causes, its impacts, its future, and the efficacy of measures to prevent it.

  19. 18 CFR 141.400 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 141.400 Section...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a) Prescription...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies, designated as...

  20. 18 CFR 141.400 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 141.400 Section...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a) Prescription...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies, designated as...

  1. 18 CFR 141.400 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 141.400 Section...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a) Prescription...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies, designated as...

  2. 18 CFR 141.400 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 141.400 Section...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a) Prescription...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies, designated as...

  3. Electricity pricing as a demand-side management strategy: Western lessons for developing countries

    SciTech Connect

    Hill, L.J.

    1990-12-01

    Electric utilities in the Western world have increasingly realized that load commitments can be met not only by constructing new generating plants but also by influencing electricity demand. This demand-side management (DSM) process requires that electric utilities promote measures on the customer's side of the meter to directly or indirectly influence electricity consumption to meet desired load objectives. An important demand-side option to achieve these load objectives is innovative electricity pricing, both by itself and as a financial incentive for other demand-site measures. This study explores electricity pricing as a DSM strategy, addressing four questions in the process: What is the Western experience with DSM in general and electricity pricing in particular Do innovative pricing strategies alter the amount and pattern of electricity consumption Do the benefits of these pricing strategies outweigh the costs of implementation What are future directions in electricity pricing Although DSM can be used to promote increases in electricity consumption for electric utilities with excess capacity as well as to slow demand growth for capacity-short utilities, emphasis here is placed on the latter. The discussion should be especially useful for electric utilities in developing countries that are exploring alternatives to capacity expansion to meet current and future electric power demand.

  4. Managing Variable Energy Resources to Increase Renewable Electricity's

    E-print Network

    Electricity? 7 What Is Renewable Electricity's Current Contribution to Electricity Generation? 9 Why Contribution of Renewable Energy to Total Electricity Generation? 15 ManaGInG VaRIablE EnERGy REsouRCEs 16 What

  5. Integrated thermal management of a hybrid electric vehicle

    SciTech Connect

    Traci, R.M.; Acebal, R. [Science Applications International Corp., La Jolla, CA (United States)] [Science Applications International Corp., La Jolla, CA (United States); Mohler, T. [United Defense L.P., Santa Clara, CA (United States)] [United Defense L.P., Santa Clara, CA (United States)

    1999-01-01

    A thermal management methodology, based on the Vehicle Integrated Thermal Management Analysis Code (VITMAC), has been developed for a notional vehicle employing the All-Electric Combat Vehicle (AECV) concept. AECV uses a prime power source, such as a diesel, to provide mechanical energy which is converted to electrical energy and stored in a central energy storage system consisting of flywheels, batteries and/or capacitors. The combination of prime power and stored energy powers the vehicle drive system and also advanced weapons subsystems such as an ETC or EM gun, electrically driven lasers, an EM armor system and an active suspension. Every major system is electrically driven with energy reclamation when possible from braking and gun recoil. Thermal management of such a complicated energy transfer and utilization system is a major design consideration due to the substantial heat rejection requirements. In the present paper, an overall integrated thermal management system (TMS) is described which accounts for energy losses from each subsystem component, accepts the heat using multiple coolant loops and expels the heat from the vehicle. VITMAC simulations are used to design the TMS and to demonstrate that a conventional TMS approach is capable of successfully handling vehicle heat rejection requirements under stressing operational conditions.

  6. A summary of the California Public Utilities Commission`s two competing electric utility restructuring proposals

    SciTech Connect

    Porter, K.

    1995-11-01

    In May 1995, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released two proposals for restructuring the state`s electric power industry. The two proposals follow more than a year of testimony and public comment after the CPUC issued the ``Blue Book`` (CPUC 1994a) on April 20, 1994, which called for retail wheeling to be phased in to all customers over 5 years. The majority proposal, supported by three of the four CPUC commissioners (one seat was vacant when the proposals were released), calls for creating a central pool, or ``poolco``; setting electric prices to reflect true costs of service, or ``real-time pricing``; and allowing parties to negotiate ``contracts for differences`` between the pool price and the contract price. The minority proposal, sponsored by Commissioner Jesse Knight, calls for retail wheeling, or ``direct access,`` and for utilities to divest or spin off their generating assets. This paper presents a summary of the major provisions of the two CPUC proposals and the possible implications and issues associated with each. It is aimed at researchers who may be aware that various efforts to restructure the electric power industry are under way and want to known more about California`s proposals, as well as those who want to known the implications of certain restructuring proposals for renewable energy technologies. Presented at the end of the paper is a summary of alternative proposals promoted by various stakeholder in response to the two CPUC proposals.

  7. Utility -Owned Central Plant Load Management at the Domain

    E-print Network

    Lilley, D.

    2013-01-01

    Dennis Lilley, CEM, PMP Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy Mission: Deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service. Utility Owned Load Management – Thermal Energy Storage ESL-KT-13-12-12 CATEE 2013: Clean Air...

  8. Demand Control Utilizing Energy Management Systems - Report of Field Tests 

    E-print Network

    Russell, B. D.; Heller, R. P.; Perry, L. W.

    1984-01-01

    Energy Management systems and particularly demand controllers are becoming more popular as commercial and light industrial operations attempt to reduce their electrical usage and demand. Numerous techniques are used to control energy use and demand...

  9. The next decade and emission controls for electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Herrin, W.D. [Southern Company Services, Birmingham, AL (United States)

    1997-12-31

    The historical efforts to achieve attainment with the ozone and particulate related standards span over 25 years and involve billions of dollars with only minimal success related to ozone and unknown success related to certain fine particulates. The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments mandated significant new efforts, including Title IV - Acid Rain, to achieve reductions in ozone and fine particulate precursors and attainment with the standards. Initial reduction efforts have only recently been implemented and yet another hot summer continues to portray our futile efforts to gain much ground towards attainment with existing and revised or new standards. In order to review the issues more fully and to investigate the issue of regional transport. EPA has given the states a reprieve on ozone attainment plans until mid-1997 and set up the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) structure to review implementation issues with new or revised standards. The states and other stockholders are involved in these EPA processes through the Ozone Transport Assessment Group (OTAG) and the CAAAC along with numerous working groups to get new answers arid help towards innovative solutions. A major target in these efforts is emissions from fossil-fuel fired utility boilers. The OTAG process has developed regional control strategy targets for utility NO{sub x} sources at three levels. These levels include consideration of costs, timing and availability of controls, and the anticipated reductions in NO{sub x}. The CAAAC is also considering regional controls and the associated implementation issues for both ozone and fine particulates. EPA is also considering a Clean Air Power Initiative (CAPI) to wrap all the utility control issues in a single consensus package. The next 10 years will be a crucial time for electric utilities in juggling environmental and competitive issues.

  10. Opportunities for increasing utility of models for rangeland management

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A tremendous need exists for ecosystem models to assist in rangeland management, but the utility of models developed to date has been minimal for enterprise-level decision making. Three areas in which models have had limited effectiveness for land managers are 1) addressing contemporary needs associ...

  11. MATCHING WIND RESOURCE IN THE SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS WITH UTILITY ELECTRICAL LOADING

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A study was conducted to see how well wind generated electricity in the Southern Great Plains matched the utility electrical loading and whether there were ways to improve this match so that renewable energy could make up a more significant portion (10-30%) of the utility’s total generation. Wind g...

  12. Potential applications of dispersed fuel cell power plants on electric utility systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. K. Pang; J. Kekela; K. Lee; S. T. Lee; D. M. Rigney

    1983-01-01

    This paper reports on a study whose objectives were to foster a better understanding of fuel cell power plants (FCPP) by electric utilities, to provide a forum for a two-way information exchange between EPRI and utilities on the special credits applicable to FCPPs, and to gain information on the potential application of FCPPs on electric utility systems in terms of

  13. Managing Wind-based Electricity Generation and Storage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhou, Yangfang

    Among the many issues that profoundly affect the world economy every day, energy is one of the most prominent. Countries such as the U.S. strive to reduce reliance on the import of fossil fuels, and to meet increasing electricity demand without harming the environment. Two of the most promising solutions for the energy issue are to rely on renewable energy, and to develop efficient electricity storage. Renewable energy---such as wind energy and solar energy---is free, abundant, and most importantly, does not exacerbate the global warming problem. However, most renewable energy is inherently intermittent and variable, and thus can benefit greatly from coupling with electricity storage, such as grid-level industrial batteries. Grid storage can also help match the supply and demand of an entire electricity market. In addition, electricity storage such as car batteries can help reduce dependence on oil, as it can enable the development of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Battery Electric Vehicles. This thesis focuses on understanding how to manage renewable energy and electricity storage properly together, and electricity storage alone. In Chapter 2, I study how to manage renewable energy, specifically wind energy. Managing wind energy is conceptually straightforward: generate and sell as much electricity as possible when prices are positive, and do nothing otherwise. However, this leads to curtailment when wind energy exceeds the transmission capacity, and possible revenue dilution when current prices are low but are expected to increase in the future. Electricity storage is being considered as a means to alleviate these problems, and also enables buying electricity from the market for later resale. But the presence of storage complicates the management of electricity generation from wind, and the value of storage for a wind-based generator is not entirely understood. I demonstrate that for such a combined generation and storage system the optimal policy does not have any apparent structure, and that using overly simple policies can be considerably suboptimal. I thus develop and analyze a triple-threshold policy that I show to be near-optimal. Using a financial engineering price model and calibrating it to data from the New York Independent System Operator, I show that storage can substantially increase the monetary value of a wind farm: If transmission capacity is tight, the majority of this value arises from reducing curtailment and time-shifting generation; if transmission capacity is abundant this value stems primarily from time-shifting generation and arbitrage. In addition, I find that while more storage capacity always increases the average energy sold to the market, it may actually decrease the average wind energy sold when transmission capacity is abundant. In Chapter 3, I examine how electricity storage can be used to help match electricity supply and demand. Conventional wisdom suggests that when supply exceeds demand, any electricity surpluses should be stored for future resale. However, because electricity prices can be negative, another potential strategy of dealing with surpluses is to destroy them. Using real data, I find that for a merchant who trades electricity in a market, the strategy of destroying surpluses is potentially more valuable than the conventional strategy of storing surpluses. In Chapter 4, I study how the operation and valuation of electricity storage facilities can be affected by their physical characteristics and operating dynamics. Examples are the degradation of energy capacity over time and the variation of round-trip efficiency at different charging/discharging rates. These dynamics are often ignored in the literature, thus it has not been established whether it is important to model these characteristics. Specifically, it remains an open question whether modeling these dynamics might materially change the prescribed operating policy and the resulting valuation of a storage facility. I answer this question using a representative setting, in which a battery is utilized to trade el

  14. Electric Motor Thermal Management for Electric Traction Drives (Presentation)

    SciTech Connect

    Bennion, K.; Cousineau, J.; Moreno, G.

    2014-09-01

    Thermal constraints place significant limitations on how electric motors ultimately perform. Finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics modeling approaches are being increasingly utilized in the design and analysis of electric motors. As the models become more sophisticated, it is important to have detailed and accurate knowledge of material thermal properties and convective heat transfer coefficients. In this work, the thermal properties and inter-lamination thermal contact resistances were measured for different stator lamination materials. Also, convective heat transfer coefficients of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) jets were measured to better understand the heat transfer of ATF impinging on motor copper windings. Experiments were carried out at various ATF temperatures and jet velocities to quantify the influence of these parameters on heat transfer coefficients.

  15. Ancillary-service costs for 12 US electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Kirby, B.; Hirst, E.

    1996-03-01

    Ancillary services are those functions performed by electrical generating, transmission, system-control, and distribution-system equipment and people to support the basic services of generating capacity, energy supply, and power delivery. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission defined ancillary services as ``those services necessary to support the transmission of electric power from seller to purchaser given the obligations of control areas and transmitting utilities within those control areas to maintain reliable operations of the interconnected transmission system.`` FERC divided these services into three categories: ``actions taken to effect the transaction (such as scheduling and dispatching services) , services that are necessary to maintain the integrity of the transmission system [and] services needed to correct for the effects associated with undertaking a transaction.`` In March 1995, FERC published a proposed rule to ensure open and comparable access to transmission networks throughout the country. The rule defined six ancillary services and developed pro forma tariffs for these services: scheduling and dispatch, load following, system protection, energy imbalance, loss compensation, and reactive power/voltage control.

  16. The giants are awakening: Electric utilities develop DH&C systems to thwart competition

    SciTech Connect

    Horne, M.L.; Zien, H.B. [A& C Enercom Consultants, Inc., Atlanta, GA (United States)

    1995-09-01

    The electric utility is entering an era of unprecedented competition. Competition from traditional sources such as natural gas companies, customer cogeneration, and independent power producers are being joined by new sources of competition, namely, other electric utilities. Compounding this situation are two recent occurrences: (1) the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 which encourages wheeling, and (2) the trend toward institutional and industrial customers outsourcing energy generation and production facilities to third-parties. The electric utility industry is searching for ways to combat this competition, develop more value-added services for their customers, and establish long-term contractual relationships with their important customers. Many utilities are considering DH&C systems to accomplish their goals. This paper and presentation will outline other recent and near future electric utility operating environment, introduce the numerous benefits that electric utilities derive from developing DH&C systems, and outline a number of utility efforts to develop DH&C systems.

  17. Ecological principles, biodiversity, and the electric utility industry

    SciTech Connect

    Temple, S.A. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)

    1996-11-01

    The synthetic field of conservation biology uses principles derived from many different disciplines to address biodiversity issues. Many of these principles have come from ecology, and two simple ones that seem to related to many issues involving the utility industry are: (1) {open_quotes}Everything is interconnected{close_quotes} (and should usually stay that way), and (2) {open_quotes}We can never do merely one thing.{close_quotes} The first principle can be applied to both the biotic and physical environments that are impacted by industrial activities. Habitat fragmentation and the loss of physical and biotic connectedness that results are frequently associated with transmission rights-of-way. These problems can be reduced-or even turned into conservation benefits-by careful planning and creative management. The second principle applies to the utility industry`s programs to deal with carbon released by burning fossil fuels. Ecological knowledge can allow these programs to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity in addition to addressing a pollution problem. Without careful ecological analyses, industry could easily create new problems while implementing solutions to old ones. 19 refs.

  18. Recent Developments in the Regulation of Electric Utility Resource Planning in Texas

    E-print Network

    Totten, J.; Adib, P.; Matlock, R.; Treadway, N.

    The Texas Legislature has charged the Public Utility Commission of Texas with the responsibility to license utility power plants and transmission lines, and develop a statewide electrical energy plan. Related duties include the encouragement...

  19. Utility -Owned Central Plant Load Management at the Domain 

    E-print Network

    Lilley, D.

    2013-01-01

    Dennis Lilley, CEM, PMP Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy Mission: Deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service. Utility Owned Load Management – Thermal Energy Storage ESL-KT-13-12-12 CATEE 2013: Clean Air... District – Ice Storage • Two (2) localized plants – Chilled Water Storage • An estimated 112,000 ton-hours of storage capacity 4 Austin Energy – Thermal Utility ESL-KT-13-12-12 CATEE 2013: Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency Conference, San Antonio, Texas...

  20. The ICF, Inc. coal and electric utilities model : an analysis and evaluation

    E-print Network

    Wood, David O.

    1981-01-01

    v.1. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is sponsoring a series of evaluations of important energy policy and electric utility industry models by the MIT Energy Model Analysis Program (EMAP). The subject of this ...

  1. Optimal management of batteries in electric systems

    DOEpatents

    Atcitty, Stanley (Albuquerque, NM); Butler, Paul C. (Albuquerque, NM); Corey, Garth P. (Albuquerque, NM); Symons, Philip C. (Morgan Hill, CA)

    2002-01-01

    An electric system including at least a pair of battery strings and an AC source minimizes the use and maximizes the efficiency of the AC source by using the AC source only to charge all battery strings at the same time. Then one or more battery strings is used to power the load while management, such as application of a finish charge, is provided to one battery string. After another charge cycle, the roles of the battery strings are reversed so that each battery string receives regular management.

  2. Methodology and results of the impacts of modeling electric utilities ; a comparative evaluation of MEMM and REM

    E-print Network

    Baughman, Martin L.

    1981-01-01

    This study compares two models of the U.S. electric utility industry including the EIA's electric utility submodel in the Midterm Energy Market Model (MEMM), and the Baughman-Joskow Regionalized Electricity Model (REM). ...

  3. Fabric filters for the electric utility industry: Volume 2, Sonic cleaning guidelines

    SciTech Connect

    Bustard, C.J.; Cushing, K.M.; Pontius, D.H.; Smith, W.B.; Carr, R.C.

    1988-01-01

    This publication is the second in a series presenting results of EPRI's research and development work applying baghouse technology to the collection of particulate matter at coal-fired electric power generating plants. The series, Fabric Filters for the Electric Utility Industry, is intended as a practical, hands-on reference for plant operators, engineers, and home office managers. Volume 2, Sonic Cleaning Guidelines, provides practical guidelines for selecting, testing, and operating pneumatic, diaphragm-operated horns as a supplement to reverse-gas cleaning in utility baghouses. This volume includes a discussion of the effectiveness of various sonic horns in pilot- and full-scale testing along with costs and benefits of sonic-assisted reverse-gas cleaning. Guidelines are given for characterization and selection of horns for utility applications. Installations of horns, trial testing, operation, and maintenance are discussed. An explanation of the fundamental of sonic technology is provided. The sonic spectra and operating characteristics of commercial horns and a list of horn manufacturers are included to help in the selection of horns. 6 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Electric utility acid fuel cell stack technology advancement

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Congdon, J. V.; Goller, G. J.; Greising, G. J.; Obrien, J. J.; Randall, S. A.; Sandelli, G. J.; Breault, R. D.; Austin, G. W.; Bopse, S.; Coykendall, R. D.

    1984-01-01

    The principal effort under this program was directed at the fuel cell stack technology required to accomplish the initial feasibility demonstrations of increased cell stack operating pressures and temperatures, increased cell active area, incorporation of the ribbed substrate cell configuration at the bove conditions, and the introduction of higher performance electrocatalysts. The program results were successful with the primary accomplishments being: (1) fabrication of 10 sq ft ribbed substrate, cell components including higher performing electrocatalysts; (2) assembly of a 10 sq ft, 30-cell short stack; and (3) initial test of this stack at 120 psia and 405 F. These accomplishments demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating and handling large area cells using materials and processes that are oriented to low cost manufacture. An additional accomplishment under the program was the testing of two 3.7 sq ft short stacks at 12 psia/405 F to 5400 and 4500 hours respectively. These tests demonstrate the durability of the components and the cell stack configuration to a nominal 5000 hours at the higher pressure and temperature condition planned for the next electric utility power plant.

  5. Driving Water and Wastewater Utilities to More Sustainable Energy Management 

    E-print Network

    Ferrel, L.; Liner, B.

    2013-01-01

    conservation and focus on overall energy management. This roadmap leverages the framework developed in the electric power sector to move to smart grid technology: the smart grid maturity model (SGMM). The basis of this material originated at a workshop of water...

  6. Utilization of management zones for reniform nematodes in cotton

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The ability to record measurements of soil electrical conductivity (EC) and field elevation at precise and closely-spaced GPS coordinates allows us to define nematode management zones based on field physical characteristics which may affect reniform nematode (Rotylenchulus reniformis) population lev...

  7. Lung cancer in relation to employment in the electrical utility industry and exposure to magnetic fields

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D A Savitz; V Dufort; B Armstrong; G Thériault

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: A recent study found that lung cancer may be associated with exposures encountered in the electrical utility industry. To further evaluate this possibility, data were collected and analysed from five large electrical utility companies in the United States. METHODS: A cohort of 138905 male workers employed between 1950 and 1986 was followed up for mortality to the end of

  8. Conceptual design of thermal energy storage systems for near-term electric utility applications. Final report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. W. Hall; W. Hausz; R. Anand; N. LaMarche; J. Oplinger; M. Katzer

    1979-01-01

    A detailed evaluation is made of TES through a careful screening, analysis, conceptual design, and evaluation to determine if it can meet the peak power needs of electric utilities for near-term applications. Primary emphasis is on electric utilities developing new plants, planned and designed to incorporate the TES. The new plants considered are conventional coal and nuclear fueled, which represent

  9. New architecture for utility scale electricity from concentrator photovoltaics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Angel, Roger; Connors, Thomas; Davison, Warren; Olbert, Blain; Sivanandam, Suresh

    2010-08-01

    The paper describes a new system architecture optimized for utility-scale generation with concentrating photovoltaic cells (CPV) at fossil fuel price. We report on-sun tests of the architecture and development at the University of Arizona of the manufacturing processes adapted for high volume production. The new system takes advantage of triple-junction cells to convert concentrated sunlight into electricity. These commercially available cells have twice the conversion efficiency of silicon panels (40%) and one-tenth the cost per watt, when used at 1000x concentration. Telescope technology is adapted to deliver concentrated light to the cells at minimum cost. The architecture combines three novel elements: large (3.1 m x 3.1 m square) dish reflectors made as back-silvered glass monoliths; 2.5 kW receivers at each dish focus, each one incorporating a spherical field lens to deliver uniform illumination to multiple cells; and a lightweight steel spaceframe structure to hold multiple dish/receiver units in coalignment and oriented to the sun. Development of the process for replicating single-piece reflector dishes is well advanced at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. End-to-end system tests have been completed with single cells. A lightweight steel spaceframe to hold and track eight dish/receiver units to generate 20 kW has been completed. A single 2.5 kW receiver is presently under construction, and is expected to be operated in an end-to-end on-sun test with a monolithic dish before the end of 2010. The University of Arizona has granted an exclusive license to REhnu, LLC to commercialize this technology.

  10. 29 CFR 1910.302 - Electric utilization systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...transmission, and distribution of electric energy located in buildings...nominal, or less—Space about electric equipment § 1910.303(h...306(a)(1)(ii)—Electric signs and outline lighting...stairway chair lifts—Single-car and multicar installations...

  11. 29 CFR 1910.302 - Electric utilization systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...transmission, and distribution of electric energy located in buildings...nominal, or less—Space about electric equipment § 1910.303(h...306(a)(1)(ii)—Electric signs and outline lighting...stairway chair lifts—Single-car and multicar installations...

  12. 29 CFR 1910.302 - Electric utilization systems.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...transmission, and distribution of electric energy located in buildings...nominal, or less—Space about electric equipment § 1910.303(h...306(a)(1)(ii)—Electric signs and outline lighting...stairway chair lifts—Single-car and multicar installations...

  13. Financial statistics of major U.S. publicly owned electric utilities 1997

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1998-12-01

    The 1997 edition of the ``Financial Statistics of Major U.S. Publicly Owned Electric Utilities`` publication presents 5 years (1993 through 1997) of summary financial data and current year detailed financial data on the major publicly owned electric utilities. The objective of the publication is to provide Federal and State governments, industry, and the general public with current and historical data that can be used for policymaking and decisionmaking purposes related to publicly owned electric utility issues. Generator (Tables 3 through 11) and nongenerator (Tables 12 through 20) summaries are presented in this publication. Five years of summary financial data are provided (Tables 5 through 11 and 14 through 20). Summaries of generators for fiscal years ending June 30 and December 31, nongenerators for fiscal years ending June 30 and December 31, and summaries of all respondents are provided in Appendix C. The composite tables present aggregates of income statement and balance sheet data, as well as financial indicators. Composite tables also display electric operation and maintenance expenses, electric utility plant, number of consumers, sales of electricity, operating revenue, and electric energy account data. The primary source of publicly owned financial data is the Form EIA-412, ``Annual Report of Public Electric Utilities.`` Public electric utilities file this survey on a fiscal year basis, in conformance with their recordkeeping practices. The EIA undertook a review of the Form EIA-412 submissions to determine if alternative classifications of publicly owned electric utilities would permit the inclusion of all respondents. The review indicated that financial indicators differ most according to whether or not a publicly owned electric utility generates electricity. Therefore, the main body of the report provides summary information in generator/nongenerator classifications. 2 figs., 101 tabs.

  14. Wind Power for America: Rural Electric Utilities Harvest New Crop (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2002-02-01

    Wind Power for America: Rural Electric Utilities Harvest a New Crop is a trifold brochure that strives to educate rural landowners and rural co-op utilities about the benefits of wind power development. It provides examples of rural utilities that have successful wind energy projects and supportive statements from industry members.

  15. Quality management information system in manufacturing electrical machines

    Microsoft Academic Search

    O. Muravlyova; O. Muravlyov

    2001-01-01

    Electrical machines quality management includes three constituents, i.e. quality assurance, quality management and quality increase. There is a need to develop a matched information system for practical implementation of these problems during design and manufacturing. The quality of electrical machines is available by manufacturing accuracy to a large extent. The authors have developed accuracy theory of electrical machines which is

  16. Utility aspects of space power: Load management versus source management

    SciTech Connect

    Walls, B.

    1995-07-01

    Electrical power, as an area of study, is relatively young as compared to language, chemistry, physics, mathematics, philosophy, metallurgy, textiles, transportation, or farming. Practically all of the technology that has enabled the huge, continent-spanning power grids that have become ubiquitous in developed countries was developed in the last 150 years. In fact, Tesla`s advocacy of alternating current for transmission just won out in the beginning of this century. Despite the novelty of the field as a whole, space power applications are, of course, much newer. This paper looks at the history of space power, and compares it to its older sibling on earth, forming a basis for determining appropriate transitions of technology from the terrestrial realm to space applications.

  17. Utility aspects of space power: Load management versus source management

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Walls, B.

    1995-01-01

    Electrical power, as an area of study, is relatively young as compared to language, chemistry, physics, mathematics, philosophy, metallurgy, textiles, transportation, or farming. Practically all of the technology that has enabled the huge, continent-spanning power grids that have become ubiquitous in developed countries was developed in the last 150 years. In fact, Tesla's advocacy of alternating current for transmission just won out in the beginning of this century. Despite the novelty of the field as a whole, space power applications are, of course, much newer. This paper looks at the history of space power, and compares it to its older sibling on earth, forming a basis for determining appropriate transitions of technology from the terrestrial realm to space applications.

  18. 80 FR 21301 - Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System; Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2015-04-17

    ...Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities; Final Rule Federal Register...Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities AGENCY: Environmental Protection...combustion residuals (CCR) generated by electric utilities and independent power...

  19. Programmable timed electrical power management device

    SciTech Connect

    Nyenya, S.S.

    1994-01-11

    A programmable timed electrical power management device protects and controls electrical equipment and peripherals which are plugged into it. The front of the housing containing the electrical circuitry is provided with a LCD display, a series of pressure sensitive switches for inputting function and control commands to control the operation of the device. A series of LED's mounted on the front of the housing indicate the operational status of the device. The back of the housing is provided with an AC power input receptacle, an on/off reset switch, a series of AC outlets which are divided into pairs of filtered banks, and two or more modular jacks for receiving the modular plug of a telephone, fax, and/or modem. The device circuitry includes a CPU, timer/calendar, a sound generator, voltage sensors, and a back-up battery power supply. The outlets and modular plugs are protected from electrical surges. Each bank of outlets can be selectively programmed to turn on and off at a different time of the day and different days of the week. When more than one bank is set to start at the same time, power is sequentially supplied to each electrical outlet bank allowing the voltage to stabilize before turning on the next bank. A warning tone will sound fifteen, ten, and five minutes prior to shutting off any of the banks, to alert the user that the system is approaching the preset time for the power to the outlets to be turned off, to prevent accidental loss of information. 9 figs.

  20. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Fleet Managers

    E-print Network

    isn't new. More than 100 years ago, all- electric vehicles (EVs) held much of the U.S. car marketPlug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Fleet Managers #12;Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Choosing Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Photo from

  1. Electrical Energy Conservation and Load Management - An Industrial User's Viewpoint 

    E-print Network

    Jackson, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    Conservation of electrical energy and load management can reduce industry's electric bills, conserves natural resources and reduces the need for new generating plants. In recent years, industry has implemented extensive conservation programs. Some...

  2. Electrical Energy Conservation and Load Management - An Industrial User's Viewpoint

    E-print Network

    Jackson, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    Conservation of electrical energy and load management can reduce industry's electric bills, conserves natural resources and reduces the need for new generating plants. In recent years, industry has implemented extensive conservation programs. Some...

  3. Analysis of options for structural reform in electric-utility regulation. Report of the NGA Task Force on electric utility regulation

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1983-01-07

    In June of 1982, an Electric Utility Task Force was formed under the auspices of the National Governors' Association. The Task Force members were charged with developing recommendations for any needed changes in the regulation of electric utilities and with identifying consensus solutions to the myriad of associated regulatory problems. This report represents the consensus view of the Task Force on the problems and potential options for addressing these problems. The Task Force members agree that the primacy of state regulation has been a desirable aspect of our traditional electric utility regulatory system and that any preemption of state authority in this field should be vigorously opposed. They also concluded that changes in three areas - regional power planning and regulation, sorting out of federal and state responsibilities, and benefit-sharing approaches - would be desirable in order to reduce multi-state conflicts and increase the opportunity for regulation which insures system reliability at the lowest possible long term cost. (DMC)

  4. Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning

    SciTech Connect

    Sterling, J.; McLaren, J.; Taylor, M.; Cory, K.

    2013-10-01

    Today's utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. State and federal support policies, solar photovoltaic (PV) price declines, and the introduction of new business models for solar PV 'ownership' are leading to increasing interest in solar technologies (especially PV); however, solar introduces myriad new variables into the utility resource planning decision. Most, but not all, utility planners have less experience analyzing solar than conventional generation as part of capacity planning, portfolio evaluation, and resource procurement decisions. To begin to build this knowledge, utility staff expressed interest in one effort: utility exchanges regarding data, methods, challenges, and solutions for incorporating solar in the planning process. Through interviews and a questionnaire, this report aims to begin this exchange of information and capture utility-provided information about: 1) how various utilities approach long-range resource planning; 2) methods and tools utilities use to conduct resource planning; and, 3) how solar technologies are considered in the resource planning process.

  5. Power Management Strategy with Regenerative Braking For Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicle

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yu Shuang; Zhang Junzhi; Wang Lifang

    2009-01-01

    A novel power management strategy based on regenerative braking is proposed to make optimal power distribution between fuel cell system and batteries in order to improve the utility of braking energy and decrease the power loss for fuel cell electric vehicle. With the integrated regenerative braking strategy, the novel control algorithm takes the charging power loss from regenerated energy into

  6. Diesel Engine Waste Heat Recovery Utilizing Electric Turbocompound Technology

    SciTech Connect

    Hopman, Ulrich,; Kruiswyk, Richard W.

    2005-07-05

    Caterpillar's Technology & Solutions Division conceived, designed, built and tested an electric turbocompound system for an on-highway heavy-duty truck engine. The heart of the system is a unique turbochargerr with an electric motor/generator mounted on the shaft between turbine and compressor wheels. When the power produced by the turbocharger turbine exceeds the power of the compressor, the excess power is converted to electrical power by the generator on the turbo shaft; that power is then used to help turn the crankshaft via an electric motor mounted in the engine flywheel housing. The net result is an improvement in engine fuel economy. The electric turbocompound system provides added control flexibility because it is capable of varying the amount of power extracted from the exhaust gases, thus allowing for control of engine boost. The system configuration and design, turbocharger features, control system development, and test results are presented.

  7. 18 CFR 260.300 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 260.300 Section...DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY APPROVED FORMS, NATURAL GAS ACT STATEMENTS AND REPORTS...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a)...

  8. 18 CFR 260.300 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 260.300 Section...DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY APPROVED FORMS, NATURAL GAS ACT STATEMENTS AND REPORTS...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a)...

  9. 18 CFR 260.300 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 260.300 Section...DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY APPROVED FORMS, NATURAL GAS ACT STATEMENTS AND REPORTS...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a)...

  10. 18 CFR 260.300 - FERC Form No. 3-Q, Quarterly financial report of electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. 260.300 Section...DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY APPROVED FORMS, NATURAL GAS ACT STATEMENTS AND REPORTS...electric utilities, licensees, and natural gas companies. (a)...

  11. Electric and gas utility marketing of residential energy conservation case studies

    SciTech Connect

    None

    1980-05-01

    The objective of this research was to obtain information about utility conservation marketing techniques from companies actively engaged in performing residential conservation services. Many utilities currently are offering comprehensive services (audits, listing of contractors and lenders, post-installation inspection, advertising, and performing consumer research). Activities are reported for the following utilities: Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation; Tampa Electric Company; Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division; Northern States Power-Wisconsin; Public Service Company of Colorado; Arizona Public Service Company; Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Sacramento Municipal Utility District; and Pacific Power and Light Company.

  12. Diesel Engine Waste Heat Recovery Utilizing Electric Turbocompound Technology

    SciTech Connect

    Gerke, Frank G.

    2001-08-05

    This cooperative program between the DOE Office of Heavy Vehicle Technology and Caterpillar, Inc. is aimed at demonstrating electric turbocompound technology on a Class 8 truck engine. This is a lab demonstration program, with no provision for on-truck testing of the system. The goal is to demonstrate the level of fuel efficiency improvement attainable with the electric turbocompound system. Also, electric turbocompounding adds an additional level of control to the air supply which could be a component in an emissions control strategy.

  13. Environmental and social impacts of electricity utilization: broadening the debate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. Hugh Sidaway

    2008-01-01

    Exposure of small laboratory animals to power-frequency high-voltage electric fields was reported to have endocrinological\\u000a effects, including changes in pineal melatonin levels. It has been assumed that these results are directly attributable to\\u000a electric-field effects, but this article suggests that air ionization, produced by corona activity at the animals’ body surfaces,\\u000a may have been biologically active and could be relevant

  14. Climate change adaptation in the U.S. electric utility sector

    E-print Network

    Higbee, Melissa (Melissa Aura)

    2013-01-01

    The electric utility sector has been a focus of policy efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but even if these efforts are successful, the sector will need to adapt to the impacts of climate change. These are likely ...

  15. Load Management Made Simple 

    E-print Network

    Schneider, K.

    1985-01-01

    Up until the 1970's electric utilities were basically in a supply side management mode, in which plants were built to serve whatever demand customers required. However in the last 10- 15 years, many utilities, including Texas Utilities Electric...

  16. Performance evaluation of selected U.S. utility commercial lighting demand-side management programs

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, T. [Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Taipei (Taiwan, Province of China). Energy and Environmental Center; Yu, O.S. [SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (United States). Energy and Utility Programs

    1997-10-01

    This article selects 18 commercial lighting demand-side management programs of electric utilities in the United States and evaluates their performance. It first uses four conventional measures, i.e., rate impact measurement, total resource cost, total utility cost, and total customer cost, to analyze the costs and benefits of each program. Although all programs achieve good benefit to cost ratios under each measure, the rankings are not always consistent, i.e., a program`s ranking in one measure is not always the same as in another measure. To provide a unified basis for comparison, the authors use a mathematical programming model--the data envelopment analysis (DEA) model--to integrate the results of these four conventional measures for each program. Based on the DEA results, programs of Southern California Edison, New York State Electric and Gas, and Potomac Electric Power produce the best overall performance, followed by Central Maine Power, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Central Vermont Public Service. Finally, this article discusses the implications of the DEA results, which can serve as an effective means for performance benchmarking.

  17. User's guide to SERICPAC: A computer program for calculating electric-utility avoided costs rates

    SciTech Connect

    Wirtshafter, R.; Abrash, M.; Koved, M.; Feldman, S.

    1982-05-01

    SERICPAC is a computer program developed to calculate average avoided cost rates for decentralized power producers and cogenerators that sell electricity to electric utilities. SERICPAC works in tandem with SERICOST, a program to calculate avoided costs, and determines the appropriate rates for buying and selling of electricity from electric utilities to qualifying facilities (QF) as stipulated under Section 210 of PURA. SERICPAC contains simulation models for eight technologies including wind, hydro, biogas, and cogeneration. The simulations are converted in a diversified utility production which can be either gross production or net production, which accounts for an internal electricity usage by the QF. The program allows for adjustments to the production to be made for scheduled and forced outages. The final output of the model is a technology-specific average annual rate. The report contains a description of the technologies and the simulations as well as complete user's guide to SERICPAC.

  18. Electric-utility returns and risk in the light of Three Mile Island

    SciTech Connect

    Brooks, L.D. (South Carolina Univ., Columbia); D'Souza, R.E.

    1982-11-11

    The impact of the Three Mile Island nuclear-generating-unit failure on the performance of nuclear-dependent electric utilities is examined in this article. A comparative examination of the time series of abnormal returns and risk measures on nuclear-dependent utilities and nondependent utilities prior to the TMI incident, at the time of the incident, and subsequent to it was performed by the authors. The results are consistent with a hypothesis that investors associate a decline in future profitability or increased risk with nuclear-associated utilities. However, the more-objective measures indicate a clear reduction in risk for nuclear-associated utilities since the TMI incident, both in relation to the market as a whole and in relation to electric utilities which are not nuclear-associated. 4 references, 1 figure, 3 tables.

  19. Integrated thermal management of a hybrid electric vehicle

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Richard M. Traci; Robert Acebal; Tom Mohler

    1999-01-01

    A thermal management methodology, based on the Vehicle Integrated Thermal Management Analysis Code (VITMAC), has been developed for a notional vehicle employing the all-electric combat vehicle (AECV) concept. AECV uses a prime power source, such as a diesel, to provide mechanical energy which is converted to electrical energy and stored in a central energy storage system consisting of flywheels, batteries

  20. Research on battery management system in electric vehicle

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Cuicui Yin; Yuqun Wang

    2012-01-01

    As the bridge of battery and vehicle management system and the drivers, battery management system (BMS) for electric vehicle performance is playing a more and more key role. This article introduces several kinds of battery display methods and displays, and for each display method on the feasibility study, also focuses on the electric car batteries systematic, modular design and the

  1. Predictive energy management for hybrid electric vehicles -Prediction horizon and

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Predictive energy management for hybrid electric vehicles - Prediction horizon and battery capacity of a combined hybrid electric vehicle. Keywords: Hybrid vehicles, Energy Management, Predictive control, Optimal)) and car manufacturers because it enhances fuel economy without increasing the final cost of the vehicle

  2. NOX EMISSION CONTROL OPTIONS FOR COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper reviews NOx control options for coal-fired electric utility boilers. (NOTE: Acid Rain NOx regulations, the Ozone Transport Commission's NOx Budget Program, revision of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for NOx emissions from utility sources, and Ozone Transpor...

  3. MENU OF NOX EMISSION CONTROL OPTIONS FOR COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper reviews NOx control options for coal-fired electric utility boilers. (NOTE: Acid Rain NOx regulations, the Ozone Transport Commission's NOx Budget Program, revision of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for NOx emissions from utility sources, and Ozone Transpor...

  4. Battery Utilization in Electric Vehicles: Theoretical Analysis and an Almost Optimal Online Algorithm

    E-print Network

    Tamir, Tami

    Battery Utilization in Electric Vehicles: Theoretical Analysis and an Almost Optimal Online Algorithm Ron Adany Tami Tamir Abstract We consider the problem of utilizing a pack of m batteries serving among the batteries in the pack. A battery's life depends on the discharge current used for supplying

  5. A Miniature Electrical Pressure Gage Utilizing a Stretched Flat Diagram

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Patterson, John L

    1952-01-01

    A variable-air-gap, inductance-type, electrical pressure gage is described that is basically 7/16 inch in diameter and 1/4 inch in thickness. The gage was designed to measure accurately pressures fluctuating at high frequencies and has proved to be a value as a general-purpose electrical gage for aeronautical work where small size and minimum response to acceleration forces are important factors. Design equations and curves are presented which can be used to predict the deflections and fundamental natural frequencies of stretched flat diaphragms.

  6. Solar heating and cooling of buildings (SHACOB): requirements definition and impact analysis. [Impact on electric utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. K. Cretcher; W. C. Melton

    1978-01-01

    The installation of Solar Heating and Cooling of Building (SHACOB) systems usually requires a backup system--often electric--to take some portion of the load on days of low insolation, and to carry the entire load during extended periods of low insolation. The implications of such systems on the economic operation of electric utilities may be significant if a displacement of required

  7. UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES Electrical or plumbing failure/Flooding/Water leak/Natural gas

    E-print Network

    Fernandez, Eduardo

    UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES Electrical or plumbing failure/Flooding/Water leak/Natural gas or Propane leak BOCA RATON/JUPITER CAMPUSES BROWARD CAMPUSES HBOI Work Control 7-2240 Work Control 6 for electrical shock. NOTIFY University Police. What should I do if I smell natural or propane gas? LEAVE

  8. Affairs of power: Restructuring California's electric utility industry, 1968-1998

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Myers, William Allan

    This dissertation studies the process of change in the political economy of electric utilities. Following two decades of continual growth during the nation's post-World War Two economic and population boom, the electric power industry confronted increasing challenges to its traditional operating practices and cultural values, nowhere with greater intensity than in California. Pressure for change came from outside forces who opposed utilities' business practices, assailed their traditional vertically-integrated structure, questioned the political assumptions that sustained their monopoly status, and ultimately wrested away access to the once tightly controlled technology of electric generation and transmission. Because managers of both investor-owned and publicly-owned utilities continued to rely upon long-standing economic and technical assumptions derived from deeply held cultural values sustained by decades of business success, they were rendered unable to comprehend and unwilling to accommodate change. Persistent mistrust between the publicly-owned and privately-owned sectors further weakened the industry's ability to work cooperatively in the face of crucial challenges. Thus encumbered by endemic structural jealousy, technological path dependency, and organizational stasis, the industry did not respond with sufficient innovation to new social values and altering economic conditions, ultimately resulting in the discarding of the old political economy of regulated monopolism. Five precepts of economic history are identified as crucial elements of the process of change. First, the tension between protection and entry, and the related issue of access to technology, contributes to creation and modification of the political economy in which economic institutions function. Second, submission to governmental regulatory powers allows certain industries to control entry, restrict access, and protect themselves from the dynamics of competitive change. Third, an unanticipated result of the regulatory process is to encourage organizational stasis and technological path dependency. Fourth, the mechanism of change to the political economy follows Kuhnian mechanics. Fifth, creative destruction, a central dynamic of capitalism, may be deferred but not eliminated by a regulatory political economy; modifications to technology, economics, or political power eventually force change upon protected institutions.

  9. Electric-utility returns and risk in the light of Three Mile Island

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. D. Brooks; R. E. DSouza

    1982-01-01

    The impact of the Three Mile Island nuclear-generating-unit failure on the performance of nuclear-dependent electric utilities is examined in this article. A comparative examination of the time series of abnormal returns and risk measures on nuclear-dependent utilities and nondependent utilities prior to the TMI incident, at the time of the incident, and subsequent to it was performed by the authors.

  10. Electric utility transmission policy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. A. Trabandt

    1990-01-01

    Transmission policy from the perspective of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is discussed. A summary is given of the Transmission Task Force's Report to the Commission entitled `Electricity Transmission Realities, Theory and Policy Alternatives'. The background of FERC developments needed to understand the transmission model the Task Force has drawn up is covered

  11. Optimal energy management in series hybrid electric vehicles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Brahma; Y. Guezennec; G. Rizzoni

    2000-01-01

    This paper deals with the optimization of the instantaneous electrical generation\\/electrical storage power split in series hybrid electric vehicles (SHEV). Optimal energy management is related to the optimization of the instantaneous generation\\/storage power split in SHEV. Previously, a power split type solution of the series hybrid energy management problem has been attempted using a rule-based approach. Our approach performs a

  12. A case cohort study of suicide in relation to exposure to electric and magnetic fields among electrical utility workers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D Baris; B G Armstrong; J Deadman; G Thériault

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--This case cohort study examines whether there is an association between exposure to electric and magnetic fields and suicide in a population of 21,744 male electrical utility workers from the Canadian Province of Québec. METHODS--49 deaths from suicide were identified between 1970 and 1988 and a subcohort was selected comprising a 1% random sample from this cohort as a basis

  13. Utilizing fuel cell and supercapacitors for automotive hybrid electrical system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Phatiphat Thounthong; Stéphane Raël; Bernard Davat

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents a new control algorithm for utilizing PEM fuel cell and supercapacitors for automotive system. A PEM fuel cell is operated as a directional main power source connected to 42 V dc bus (PowerNet) by boost converter, and supercapacitors is controlled as a fast bidirectional auxiliary power source connected to dc bus by a 2-quadrant dc\\/dc converter. The

  14. Are price caps the answer for electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Silverman, L.P. (McKinsey and Co., Washington, DC (United States)); Wenner, D.L.; Peters, R.S. (McKinsey and Company, Atlanta, GA (United States))

    1991-04-15

    There is no widely acceptable alternative to traditional rate-base/rate-of-return regulation. The industry is keenly interested in the experiment currently unfolding in the telephone industry: the price cap approach being followed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in regulating AT and T, and by many states in regulating local telephone companies. This approach offers an interesting and possibly useful alternative to traditional utility regulation.

  15. Electrically Small Folded Slot Antenna Utilizing Capacitive Loaded Slot Lines

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Scardelletti, Maximilian C.; Ponchak, George E.; Merritt, Shane; Minor, John S.; Zorman, Christian A.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents an electrically small, coplanar waveguide fed, folded slot antenna that uses capacitive loading. Several antennas are fabricated with and without capacitive loading to demonstrate the ability of this design approach to reduce the resonant frequency of the antenna, which is analogous to reducing the antenna size. The antennas are fabricated on Cu-clad Rogers Duriod(TM) 6006 with multilayer chip capacitors to load the antennas. Simulated and measured results show close agreement, thus, validating the approach. The electrically small antennas have a measured return loss greater than 15 dB and a gain of 5.4, 5.6, and 2.7 dBi at 4.3, 3.95, and 3.65 GHz, respectively.

  16. Estimating Potential Stranded Commitments for U.S. Investor-Owned Electric Utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Baxter, L.

    1995-01-01

    New technologies, low natural gas prices, and federal and state utility regulations are restructuring the electricity industry. Yesterday's vertically integrated utility with a retail monopoly franchise may be a very different organization in a few years. Conferences, regulatory-commission hearings, and other industry fora are dominated by debates over the extent and form of utility deintegration, wholesale competition, and retail wheeling. A key obstacle to restructuring the electricity industry is stranded commitments. Past investments, power-purchase contracts, and public-policy-driven programs that made sense in an era of cost-of-service regulation may not be cost-effective in a competitive power market. Regulators, utilities, and other parties face tough decisions concerning the mitigation and allocation of these stranded commitments. We developed and applied a simple method to calculate the amount of stranded commitments facing U.S. investor-owned electric utilities. The results obtained with this method depend strongly on a few key assumptions: (1) the fraction of utility sales that is at risk with respect to competition, (2) the market price of electric generation, and (3) the number of years during which the utility would lose money because of differences between its embedded cost of production and the market price.

  17. The case for indexed price caps for U. S. electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Lowry, M.N.

    1991-10-01

    Indexed price caps are a promising alternative to traditional, cost-of-service utility rate regulation. In just a decade, they have sprung from the drawing boards of economists to use by major utilities in a number of industries. Several authors have discussed the merits of indexed price caps for U.S. electric utilities. Despite their efforts, many parties to electric utility policy making are unfamiliar with the subject. This is unsurprising given the policy controversies that already embroil the industry. It is also unfortunate, since indexed price caps may help solve some of the problems that prompt these controversies. Indexed price caps can improve electric utility rate regulation in two ways. Utilities would have strong incentives to improve performance without the micromanagement that increasingly characterizes state-level regulation. Utilities could also be granted more extensive marketing freedoms, since indexes can protect customers from cross-subsidization. Two areas of concern about indexed price cap plans have emerged in recent discussions that the author has held with officials of electric utilities, intervenor groups, and regulatory agencies. Officials are often unclear on plan details, and therefore may not appreciate the degree of flexibility that is possible in plan design. Confusion over the available options in price cap adjustment indexes and the logic behind them is especially widespread. Officials also desire a clearer expression of how indexed price caps can coexist with current regulatory initiatives. This article details the major attributes of index plans, provides a brief history of indexing, discusses index design options in depth, and concludes with a vision of how indexed price caps can be made operational in today's electric utility industry.

  18. Control of new energy sources in an electric utility system

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kirkham, H.

    1981-01-01

    The addition of generators based on renewable resources to the electric power system brings new problems of control and communication if the generators are to be controlled as an integrated part of the power system. Since many of these generators are small, it will require a large number of them, connected to the distribution system, to represent an appreciable fraction of the total generation. This situation contrasts with present day generation control which typically involves only the control of a small number of large generators. This paper examines the system requirements for integrated control, and proposes a control arrangement in which the incremental cost of power is an important parameter.

  19. Business Plan for a New Engineering Consulting Firm in the Electrical Utility Market

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    Gois, Roberto Cavalcanti

    2009-05-15

    , dependable, and quality engineering and project management consulting services for power substations and transmission lines. Keys to Success • Be indispensable to clients through comprehensive consulting service in the conceptual and detailed electrical...

  20. Display design for dispatch control centers in electric utilities: Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Wise, J.A.; Abi-Samra, N.C.

    1987-04-01

    This Final Report describes the basic procedures followed during the course of this project on display design for electric utility dispatch control centers. The project described in this report was sponsored because the advent of crt based displays in an electric utility system dispatch control center has brought significant amounts of new data to the system operators, but they have in some cases made the operator's job more difficult. While numerous handbooks have been written about displays in general, and others directed at specific applications, none has been developed, that directly addresses the design of displays for an electric utility dispatch control center. The project described in this report, sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute, developed a Handbook that provides examples, principles, data and information applicable to the design of displays specifically for electric utility dispatch control centers. The Handbook is applicable to (1) both new design and retrofit applications, (2) different types of control/display integration, and (3) expected technological improvements in both crt and other display technologies that might be used within two years of the end of the project. In addition, a videotape that demonstrates the utility of the Handbook was produced, and two seminars on the use of the Handbook were held. 5 refs., 6 figs.

  1. Discontinuance of life sustaining treatment utilizing ketamine for symptom management.

    PubMed

    Noreika, Danielle M; Coyne, Patrick

    2015-03-01

    We present the case of an otherwise healthy 21-year-old female who developed severe respiratory failure following a minor procedure requiring ECMO and bi-level ventilation. During her protracted ICU course, she had significant difficulties with agitation and was titrated to the following regimen: hydromorphone 30 mg/hour, fentanyl 200 mcg/hour, dexmedetomidine 1.5 mcg/kg/hour, propofol at 70 mcg/kg/min, and midazolam at 20 mg/hour. We were consulted to assist in withdrawal of life prolonging measures at the family's request and given high doses of commonly used opioid and sedative medications successfully utilized methadone and ketamine for symptom control. This case study would indicate that in selected patients on high dose opioid and sedative medications prior to withdrawal of life prolonging measures ketamine may be considered for symptom management. PMID:25625339

  2. Proper Use of Electric/Gas UtilityType Vehicles (FS4) Form FS-4 8/24/2011

    E-print Network

    Beex, A. A. "Louis"

    Proper Use of Electric/Gas UtilityType Vehicles (FS4) Form FS-4 8/24/2011 Regulation Governing Use of Electric/Gas Utility­Type Vehicles (EGUV): Individual operators will use their judgment on whether. · Electric vehicles will be recharged at a location appropriate for such use. Use of extension cords from

  3. Electric power controller for steering wheel management in electric cars

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Vicente Milanés; Joshué Pérez; Enrique Onieva; Carlos González; Teresa de Pedro

    2009-01-01

    Driverless driving is one of the most interesting topics in the field of the intelligent transportation systems. Among these topics, the automation of the actuators involved in the management of a car, and out of them the control of the steering wheel constitute one of the most complex. In this paper, automatic power steering architecture to manage the steering wheel

  4. Integration of photovoltaic units into electric utility grids: Experiment information requirements and selected issues

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Davey, T.; Rountree, R.; Dickter, W.; Bush, L.

    1980-09-01

    These issues derive from three attributes of solar electric power concepts, including the variability and unpredictability of the solar resources, the dispersed nature of those resources which suggest the deployment of small dispersed power units, and a high initial capital cost coupled with relatively low operating costs. It is imperative that these integration issues be pursued in parallel with the development of each technology, if the nation's electric utility systems are to effectively utilize these technologies in the near intermediate term. The impacts of onsite photovoltaic units on load duration curves and optimal generation mixes were considered. The impacts of onsite photovoltaic units on utility production costs, with and without dedicated storage and with and without sellback, were analyzed. Current utility rate structure experiments, rationales, policies, practices, and plans were reviewed.

  5. Nitrogen Oxides Emission Control Options for Coal-Fired Electric Utility Boilers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ravi K. Srivastava; Robert E. Hall; Sikander Khan; Kevin Culligan; Bruce W. Lani

    2005-01-01

    Recent regulations have required reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from electric utility boilers. To comply with these regulatory requirements, it is increasingly important to implement state-of-the-art NOx control technologies on coal-fired utility boilers. This paper reviews NOx control options for these boilers. It discusses the established commercial primary and secondary control technologies and examines what is being done

  6. SERI's photovoltaic research project: A foundation for tomorrow's utility-scale electricity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mitchell, R. L.; Surek, T.

    1988-05-01

    Recent progress and future directions in PV research managed by SERI for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are reviewed. The primary emphases of the research are on thin-film single-junction and multijunction devices. However, work also continues on advanced crystalline silicon sheet materials. Improvements in materials and processing, solar cell design, and cell fabrication techniques have led to continuing improvements in cell efficiencies in nearly all material areas. Recent research has identified the criticality of source-material purity and device-processing conditions for different PV materials. Attention to total device design and processing has increased understanding of metallic contacts, transparent conductors, and intermediate layers. Sophisticated models have been developed to quickly assess device concepts. Enhanced measurement and characterization techniques, along with increased interactions among PV scientists, are adding to the strong foundation of photovoltaics. Future directions in PV research are given in the recent Five Year Research Plan prepared by DOE. The plan is predicated on partnerships among the Federal government, private firms, universities, and electric utilities. As part of a consensus review of the plan, this multifaceted PV community identified the specific technical goals and pertinent R and D needed for success. These technical goals and future research are described in detail.

  7. How to manage and utilize the information from R&D evaluation?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jungwon Lee

    2010-01-01

    The management and utilization of information from the R&D evaluation is an important construct in performance-based R&D management systems. This paper is to analyze information from the evaluation systems of government R&D activities and to suggest policy implications that could make more effective management and utilization of evaluation information. For the effective utilization of evaluation information, active linkage of R&D

  8. Aligned carbon nanotubes for electrical interconnect and thermal management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lingbo Zhu; Yangyang Sun; Jianwen Xu; Zhuqing Zhang; Dennis W. Hess; C. P. Wong

    2005-01-01

    As IC performance increases, many technical challenges appear in the areas of power delivery, thermal management, I\\/O density, and thermal-mechanical reliability. To address these problems, the use of aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is proposed in IC packaging as electrical interconnect and thermal interface materials. The superior electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of CNTs promise to bring revolutionary improvement in reducing

  9. Power management of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles using neural network based trip modeling

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Qiuming Gong; Yaoyu Li; Zhongren Peng

    2009-01-01

    The plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), utilizing more battery power, has become a next-generation HEV with great promise of higher fuel economy. Global optimization charge-depletion power management would be desirable. This has so far been hampered due to the a priori nature of the trip information and the almost prohibitive computational cost of global optimization techniques such as dynamic programming

  10. Optimum electric utility spot price determinations for small power producing facilities operating under PURPA provisions

    SciTech Connect

    Ghoudjehbaklou, H.; Puttgen, H.B.

    1988-01-01

    This paper outlines an optimum spot price determination procedure in the general context of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, PURPA, provisions. PURPA stipulates that local utilities must offer to purchase all available excess electric energy from Qualifying Facilities, QF, at fair market prices. As a direct consequence of these PURPA regulations, a growing number of owners are installing power producing facilities and optimize their operational schedules to minimize their utility related costs or, in some cases, actually maximize their revenues from energy sales to the local utility. In turn, the utility strives to use spot prices which maximize its revenues from any given Small Power Producing Facility, SPPF, a schedule while respecting the general regulatory and contractual framework. the proposed optimum spot price determination procedure fully models the SPPF operation, it enforces the contractual and regulatory restrictions, and it ensures the uniqueness of the optimum SPPF schedule.

  11. The integration of renewable energy sources into electric power distribution systems. Volume 2, Utility case assessments

    SciTech Connect

    Zaininger, H.W.; Ellis, P.R.; Schaefer, J.C. [Zaininger Engineering Co., San Jose, CA (United States)

    1994-06-01

    Electric utility distribution system impacts associated with the integration of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics (PV) and wind turbines (WT) are considered in this project. The impacts are expected to vary from site to site according to the following characteristics: (1) The local solar insolation and/or wind characteristics; (2) renewable energy source penetration level; (3) whether battery or other energy storage systems are applied; and (4) local utility distribution design standards and planning practices. Small, distributed renewable energy sources are connected to the utility distribution system like other, similar kW- and MW-scale equipment and loads. Residential applications are expected to be connected to single-phase 120/240-V secondaries. Larger kw-scale applications may be connected to three-phase secondaries, and larger hundred-kW and MW-scale applications, such as MW-scale windfarms or PV plants, may be connected to electric utility primary systems via customer-owned primary and secondary collection systems. Small, distributed renewable energy sources installed on utility distribution systems will also produce nonsite-specific utility generation system benefits such as energy and capacity displacement benefits, in addition to the local site-specific distribution system benefits. Although generation system benefits are not site-specific, they are utility-specific, and they vary significantly among utilities in different regions. In addition, transmission system benefits, environmental benefits and other benefits may apply. These benefits also vary significantly among utilities and regions. Seven utility case studies considering PV, WT, and battery storage were conducted to identify a range of potential renewable energy source distribution system applications.

  12. Managing Wind Power Forecast Uncertainty in Electric Brandon Keith Mauch

    E-print Network

    i Managing Wind Power Forecast Uncertainty in Electric Grids Brandon Keith Mauch Co Paulina Jaramillo Doctor Paul Fischbeck 2012 #12;ii #12;iii Managing Wind Power Forecast Uncertainty generated from wind power is both variable and uncertain. Wind forecasts provide valuable information

  13. Energy management for rational electricity use [cement plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Barreiro; B. Ferreira; C. Abreu; M. Blanck

    1990-01-01

    A description is given of an energy management system whose goals are energy cost reduction and reduction of specific energy consumption. The basic system concept is composed of three distinct, but closely interrelated management tasks which are supported by software and hardware information systems. The ELCON (electric load control) module keeps track of usage online and indicates where and when

  14. Power management and distribution for the More Electric Aircraft

    SciTech Connect

    Weimer, J.A. [Wright Lab., Wright Patterson AFB, OH (United States)

    1995-12-31

    The Air Force More Electric Aircraft (MEA) initiative endorses the notion of driving aircraft subsystems electrically which have traditionally been powered by hydraulic, mechanical, and pneumatic means. Therefore subsystems like hydraulically driven flight control actuators, engine gearbox driven fuel pumps, and bleed air driven environmental control system compressors would be powered electrically via an electrical motor. Studies on two different military fighter aircraft have shown that the MEA concept will provide a significant payoff in aircraft performance and cost. This paper will address many of the technical issues and concerns in developing a fault tolerant, highly reliable electrical power system for the MEA. Additionally, the paper will review the selection of a predominantly 270 Volt DC power system for the MEA and the need to develop additional MEA electrical power system technologies and standards. Many of these issues, concerns and needs are being addressed under the Power Management and Distribution System for More Electric Aircraft (MADMEL) program.

  15. An advanced energy management system for controlling the ultracapacitor discharge and improving the electric vehicle range

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Armenta, Jesús; Núñez, Ciro; Visairo, Nancy; Lázaro, Isabel

    2015-06-01

    Over the last years issues regarding both the use and the improvement of energy management in electric vehicles have been highlighted by industry and academic fields. Some of the research has been focused on exploiting the ultracapacitor characteristics and on protecting the battery life. From this standpoint, this paper proposes an advanced energy management system based on the adequate discharge of the ultracapacitor bank in order to utilize all the energy available from the regenerative breaking. In this way, the energy consumption is reduced and the electric vehicle range is increased. This strategy, based on simple rules, takes advantage of the high power density of the ultracapacitor and prevents an overstress of the battery. The benefits are featured using three standard drive cycles for a 1550 kg electric vehicle via simulations.

  16. Power quality improvement in DC electric arc furnace plants utilizing multi-phase transformers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Arash Dehestani Kolagar; Abbas Shoulaie

    2012-01-01

    The conventional feeding systems for DC electric arc furnace steel making plants usually include a 12 pulse rectifier that is fed by ?\\/? and ?\\/Y three phase transformers. In this paper the advantages of applying multi-phase transformers for supplying such loads are evaluated and compared with the traditional power supply systems. It is shown that utilizing multi-phase transformers can lead

  17. Reliability Cost\\/Worth Associated With Wind Energy and Energy Storage Utilization in Electric Power Systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. Bagen; R. Billinton

    2008-01-01

    Wind is being recognized as an encouraging and cost effective generation source both in large grid connected systems and small isolated applications. The actual benefits obtained from utilizing wind energy for electric power generation can be investigated using reliability and economic evaluation techniques. The focus of these techniques is usually directed to the areas of reliability and the investment\\/operation alternatives

  18. Four Assessment Tools of Ergonomics Interventions: Case Study at an Electric Utility's Warehouse System

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Richard W. Marklin; Jeremy R. Wilzbacher

    1999-01-01

    An ergonomics program was developed in a Midwestern electric utility warehouse system. Tasks problematic with respect to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) affecting both the back and upper extremities were identified and engineering controls were implemented. Quantitative analysis was performed on each task before and after ergonomics intervention to evaluate exposure to the risk of WMSDs. Four methods were used to

  19. An adaptive modular artificial neural network hourly load forecaster and its implementation at electric utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alireza Khotanzad; Rey-Chue Hwang; Alireza Abaye; Dominic Maratukulam

    1995-01-01

    This paper describes a modular artificial neural network (ANN) based hourly load forecaster which has already been implemented at 20 electric utilities across the US and is being used on-line by several of them. The behavior or the load and its correlation with parameters affecting it (e.g. weather variables) are decomposed into three distinct trends of weekly, daily, and hourly.

  20. Design and Optimization of the University of Wisconsin's Parallel Hybrid-Electric Sport Utility Vehicle

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ryan F. Rowe; Jennifer A. Topinka; Ethan K. Brodsky; Julie G. Marshaus; Glenn R. Bower

    The University of Wisconsin - Madison FutureTruck Team has designed and built a four-wheel drive, charge sustaining, parallel hybrid-electric sport utility vehicle for entry into the FutureTruck 2001 competition. The base vehicle is a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. Our FutureTruck is nicknamed the \\

  1. COMPARISON OF THE AVAILABILITY AND RELIABILITY OF EQUIPMENT IN THE ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a study to compare the reliability/availability of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems with equipment commonly used in the electric utility industry. Because many parameters used in reporting performance data for these systems have different definit...

  2. Dynamics of single- and multi-unit wind-energy conversion plants supplying electric utility systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hinrichsen, E. N.; Nolan, P. J.

    1981-08-01

    The development of large wind turbine generators (WTGs) and their integration into electric power systems is accelerating. Since wind is neither as steady nor as dense a form of energy as steam or water, wind turbine generators differ greatly in construction and operation from steam and hydro turbine generators. The dynamic behavior of WTGs connected to utility power systems, was examined.

  3. CONTROL OF NOX EMISSIONS FROM U.S. COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper discusses the control of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from U.S. coal-fired electric utility boilers. (NOTE: In general, NOx control technologies are categorized as being either primary or secondary control technologies. Primary technologies reduce the amount of NOx pr...

  4. UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES ELECTRICAL OR PLUMBING FAILURE/FLOODING/WATER LEAK

    E-print Network

    Fernandez, Eduardo

    UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES ELECTRICAL OR PLUMBING FAILURE/FLOODING/WATER LEAK NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE LEAK BOCA RATON CAMPUS (24 hrs/7 days) JUPITER CAMPUS Call Work Control 7-2240 (561) 297-2240 Call or propane gas? · LEAVE the area immediately · KEEP others out of area · NOTIFY the University Police 911

  5. UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES Electrical or plumbing failure/Flooding/Water leak/Natural gas or

    E-print Network

    Fernandez, Eduardo

    UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES Electrical or plumbing failure/Flooding/Water leak/Natural gas or Propane leak BOCA RATON CAMPUS (24 hrs/7 days) JUPITER CAMPUS Call Work Control 7-2240 (561) 297-2240 Call or propane gas? LEAVE the area immediately KEEP others out of area NOTIFY University Police. FOLLOW

  6. UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES ELECTRICAL OR PLUMBING FAILURE/FLOODING/WATER LEAK

    E-print Network

    Fernandez, Eduardo

    UTILITIES PROBLEMS AND FAILURES ELECTRICAL OR PLUMBING FAILURE/FLOODING/WATER LEAK NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE LEAK BOCA RATON CAMPUS (24 hrs/7 days) JUPITER CAMPUS Call Work Control 7-2240 (561) 297-2240 Call or propane gas? LEAVE the area immediately KEEP others out of area NOTIFY University Police. FOLLOW

  7. Survey of spatial data needs and land use forecasting methods in the electric utility industry

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1981-01-01

    A representative sample of the electric utility industry in the United States was surveyed to determine industry need for spatial data (specifically LANDSAT and other remotely sensed data) and the methods used by the industry to forecast land use changes and future energy demand. Information was acquired through interviews, written questionnaires, and reports (both published and internal).

  8. Rate impacts and key design elements of gas and electric utility decoupling: a comprehensive review

    SciTech Connect

    Lesh, Pamela G.

    2009-10-15

    Opponents of decoupling worry that customers will experience frequent and significant rate increases as a result of its adoption, but a review of 28 natural gas and 17 electric utilities suggests that decoupling adjustments are both refunds to customers as well as charges and tend to be small. (author)

  9. Labor supply of engineers and scientists for nuclear electric utilities, 1987-1992

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Blair

    1988-01-01

    An assessment of the adequacy of the supply of health physicists, nuclear engineers, and other engineers for the nuclear electric utility industry is based on job openings for scientists and engineers in broader nuclear-power-related fields, which include engineering and design, manufacturing, fabrication, supporting services, and government. In assessing the likely adequacy of labor supplies for commercial nuclear power job openings

  10. THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY IN THE OHIO RIVER BASIN ENERGY STUDY STATES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report was prepared as part of the Ohio River Basin Energy Study (ORBES), a multidisciplinary policy research program. It reviews the status of the electric utility industry in the six ORBES states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Topics in...

  11. Restoration and analysis of standing-up in complete paraplegia utilizing functional electrical stimulation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hitoshi Kagaya; Yoichi Shimada; Kunio Ebata; Mineyoshi Sato; Kozo Sato; Toshihiro Yukawa; Goro Obinata

    1995-01-01

    Objective: Restoration of stand-up motion in patients with complete paraplegia utilizing multichannel functional electrical stimulation, and analysis of the restored motion. Design: Nonrandomized control trial. Setting: General community, a referral center, institutional practice, and ambulatory care. Patients: Twelve volunteer samples were used for the collection of normal data. Two complete paraplegics received treatment for the restoration of stand-up motion. Main

  12. TANK OPERATIONS CONTRACT CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGY UTILIZING THE AGENCY METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

    SciTech Connect

    LESKO KF; BERRIOCHOA MV

    2010-02-26

    Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC (WRPS) has faced significant project management challenges in managing Davis-Bacon construction work that meets contractually required small business goals. The unique challenge is to provide contracting opportunities to multiple small business constructioin subcontractors while performing high hazard work in a safe and productive manner. Previous to the WRPS contract, construction work at the Hanford Tank Farms was contracted to large companies, while current Department of Energy (DOE) Contracts typically emphasize small business awards. As an integral part of Nuclear Project Management at Hanford Tank Farms, construction involves removal of old equipment and structures and installation of new infrastructure to support waste retrieval and waste feed delivery to the Waste Treatment Plant. Utilizing the optimum construction approach ensures that the contractors responsible for this work are successful in meeting safety, quality, cost and schedule objectives while working in a very hazardous environment. This paper descirbes the successful transition from a traditional project delivery method that utilized a large business general contractor and subcontractors to a new project construction management model that is more oriented to small businesses. Construction has selected the Agency Construction Management Method (John E Schaufelberger, Len Holm, "Management of Construction Projects, A Constructor's Perspective", University of Washington, Prentice Hall 2002). This method was implemented in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2009 (FY2009), where Construction Management is performed by substantially home office resources from the URS Northwest Office in Richland, Washington. The Agency Method has allowed WRPS to provide proven Construction Managers and Field Leads to mentor and direct small business contractors, thus providing expertise and assurance of a successful project. Construction execution contracts are subcontracted directly by WRPS to small or disadvantaged contractors that are mentored and supported by URS personnel. Each small contractor is mentored and supported utilizing the principles of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Partnering process. Some of the key mentoring and partnering areas that are explored in this paper are, internal and external safety professional support, subcontractor safety teams and the interface with project and site safety teams, quality assurance program support to facilitate compliance with NQA-1, construction, team roles and responsibilities, work definition for successful fixed price contracts, scheduling and interface with project schedules and cost projection/accruals. The practical application of the CII Partnering principles, with the Construction Management expertise of URS, has led to a highly successful construction model that also meets small business contracting goals.

  13. Envisaging links between fundamental research in electrical insulation and electrical asset management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. C. Montanari

    2008-01-01

    There is an increasing gap of misperception between the contribution of fundamental research to applications of technologies for electrical apparatus and systems and this paper aims at highlighting the contribution of base research to electrical asset management, referring to some of the major research themes in recent years, from partial discharge to space charge measurements.

  14. Conceptual design of thermal energy storage systems for near term electric utility applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hall, E. W.; Hausz, W.; Anand, R.; Lamarche, N.; Oplinger, J.; Katzer, M.

    1979-01-01

    Potential concepts for near term electric utility applications were identified. The most promising ones for conceptual design were evaluated for their economic feasibility and cost benefits. The screening process resulted in selecting two coal-fired and two nuclear plants for detailed conceptual design. The coal plants utilized peaking turbines and the nuclear plants varied the feedwater extraction to change power output. It was shown that the performance and costs of even the best of these systems could not compete in near term utility applications with cycling coal plants and typical gas turbines available for peaking power. Lower electricity costs, greater flexibility of operation, and other benefits can be provided by cycling coal plants for greater than 1500 hours of peaking or by gas turbines for less than 1500 hours if oil is available and its cost does not increase significantly.

  15. Electric and hybrid electric vehicle study utilizing a time-stepping simulation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Schreiber, Jeffrey G.; Shaltens, Richard K.; Beremand, Donald G.

    1992-01-01

    The applicability of NASA's advanced power technologies to electric and hybrid vehicles was assessed using a time-stepping computer simulation to model electric and hybrid vehicles operating over the Federal Urban Driving Schedule (FUDS). Both the energy and power demands of the FUDS were taken into account and vehicle economy, range, and performance were addressed simultaneously. Results indicate that a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) configured with a flywheel buffer energy storage device and a free-piston Stirling convertor fulfills the emissions, fuel economy, range, and performance requirements that would make it acceptable to the consumer. It is noted that an assessment to determine which of the candidate technologies are suited for the HEV application has yet to be made. A proper assessment should take into account the fuel economy and range, along with the driveability and total emissions produced.

  16. Demand side management in recycling and electricity retail pricing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kazan, Osman

    This dissertation addresses several problems from the recycling industry and electricity retail market. The first paper addresses a real-life scheduling problem faced by a national industrial recycling company. Based on their practices, a scheduling problem is defined, modeled, analyzed, and a solution is approximated efficiently. The recommended application is tested on the real-life data and randomly generated data. The scheduling improvements and the financial benefits are presented. The second problem is from electricity retail market. There are well-known patterns in daily usage in hours. These patterns change in shape and magnitude by seasons and days of the week. Generation costs are multiple times higher during the peak hours of the day. Yet most consumers purchase electricity at flat rates. This work explores analytic pricing tools to reduce peak load electricity demand for retailers. For that purpose, a nonlinear model that determines optimal hourly prices is established based on two major components: unit generation costs and consumers' utility. Both are analyzed and estimated empirically in the third paper. A pricing model is introduced to maximize the electric retailer's profit. As a result, a closed-form expression for the optimal price vector is obtained. Possible scenarios are evaluated for consumers' utility distribution. For the general case, we provide a numerical solution methodology to obtain the optimal pricing scheme. The models recommended are tested under various scenarios that consider consumer segmentation and multiple pricing policies. The recommended model reduces the peak load significantly in most cases. Several utility companies offer hourly pricing to their customers. They determine prices using historical data of unit electricity cost over time. In this dissertation we develop a nonlinear model that determines optimal hourly prices with parameter estimation. The last paper includes a regression analysis of the unit generation cost function obtained from Independent Service Operators. A consumer experiment is established to replicate the peak load behavior. As a result, consumers' utility function is estimated and optimal retail electricity prices are computed.

  17. System Integration and Power-Flow Management for a Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle Using Supercapacitors and Batteries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hyunjae Yoo; Seung-Ki Sul; Yongho Park; Jongchan Jeong

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, system integration and power-flow management algorithms for a four-wheel-driven series hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) having multiple power sources composed of a diesel-engine-based generator, lead acid battery bank, and supercapacitor bank are presented. The super-capacitor is utilized as a short-term energy storage device to meet the dynamic performance of the vehicle, while the battery is utilized as a

  18. Evaluation of potential short-term nuclear availability levels and associated electric utility alternate fuel-use responses

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. Clark; M. Gielecki; B. Roberts

    1979-01-01

    Short-term projections of nuclear power availability associated with various legislative and regulatory proposals that have been or are being considered are discussed. Projections of electric utility alternate fuel use and fuel expenditures associated with the levels of projected nuclear availability are also presented. Four proposed initiatives are analyzed with respect to their effects on nuclear power generation and electric utility

  19. Consequence and impact of electric utility industry restructuring on transient stability and small-signal stability analysis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Vijay Vittal

    2000-01-01

    The electric utility industry is undergoing unprecedented changes in its structure worldwide. With the advent of an open market environment and competition in the industry, and restructuring of the industry into separate generation, transmission, and distribution entities, new issues in power system operation and planning are inevitable. One of the major consequences of this new electric utility environment is the

  20. System reliability in electric utility systems with independent wind and solar generation

    SciTech Connect

    Schooley, D.C. [Commonwealth Edison Co., Lombard, IL (United States). Bulk Power Operations; Puettgen, H.B. [Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA (United States). School of Electrical and Computing Engineering

    1999-11-01

    The use of alternative energy sources for the generation of electricity in the United States is increasing due to a growing concern about the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels. While alternative energy sources have their benefits, the inherent randomness of wind and solar energy can cause reliability problems for the power grid. Because of changes in the public policy of the US Congress and state governments, utilities are evolving toward a more distributed system with increasing amounts of non-utility generation. This evolution may improve the prospects for PV and other alternative energy sources as they gradually become cost competitive with other types of distributed generation such as gas turbines or cogeneration. This paper provides an overview of a methodology developed to integrate wind and solar energy sources into the electric utility generation mix. The wind and solar energy sources are assumed to be owned and operated by small power producing facilities (SPPF`s). The SPPF`s buy and sell electricity at prices determined by the local utility according to the time-of-day (spot pricing). During each time period, each SPPF makes its own decision whether to buy or sell power. The buy-or-sell decision depends on the price, the energy needs of the SPPF, and the amount of energy available to the SPPF from other sources.

  1. Different approaches to estimating transition costs in the electric- utility industry

    SciTech Connect

    Baxter, L.W.

    1995-10-01

    The term ``transition costs`` describes the potential revenue shortfall (or welfare loss) a utility (or other actor) may experience through government-initiated deregulation of electricity generation. The potential for transition costs arises whenever a regulated industry is subject to competitive market forces as a result of explicit government action. Federal and state proposals to deregulate electricity generation sparked a national debate on transition costs in the electric-utility industry. Industry-wide transition cost estimates range from about $20 billion to $500 billion. Such disparate estimates raise important questions on estimation methods for decision makers. This report examines different approaches to estimating transition costs. The study has three objectives. First, we discuss the concept of transition cost. Second, we identify the major cost categories included in transition cost estimates and summarize the current debate on which specific costs are appropriately included in these estimates. Finally, we identify general and specific estimation approaches and assess their strengths and weaknesses. We relied primarily on the evidentiary records established at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission to identify major cost categories and specific estimation approaches. We also contacted regulatory commission staffs in ten states to ascertain estimation activities in each of these states. We refined a classification framework to describe and assess general estimation options. We subsequently developed and applied criteria to describe and assess specific estimation approaches proposed by federal regulators, state regulators, utilities, independent power companies, and consultants.

  2. Trip based optimal power management of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles using gas-kinetic traffic flow model

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Qiuming Gong; Yaoyu Li; Zhong-Ren Peng

    2008-01-01

    The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), utilizing more battery power, is considered a next-generation hybrid electric vehicles with great promise of higher fuel economy. The charge-depletion mode is more appropriate for the power management of PHEV, i.e. the state of charge (SOC) is expected to drop to a low threshold when the vehicle reaches the destination of the trip. Global

  3. Utilizing Radioisotope Power System Waste Heat for Spacecraft Thermal Management

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pantano, David R.; Dottore, Frank; Tobery, E. Wayne; Geng, Steven M.; Schreiber, Jeffrey G.; Palko, Joseph L.

    2005-01-01

    An advantage of using a Radioisotope Power System (RPS) for deep space or planetary surface missions is the readily available waste heat, which can be used for a number of beneficial purposes including: maintaining electronic components within a controlled temperature range, warming propulsion tanks and mobility actuators, and maintaining liquid propellants above their freezing temperature. Previous missions using Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) dissipated large quantities of waste heat due to the low efficiency of the thermoelectric conversion technology. The next generation RPSs, such as the 110-Watt Stirling Radioisotope Generator (SRG110) will have higher conversion efficiencies, thereby rejecting less waste heat at a lower temperature and may require alternate approaches to transferring waste heat to the spacecraft. RTGs, with efficiencies of 6 to 7 percent, reject their waste heat at the relatively high heat rejection temperature of 200 C. This is an advantage when rejecting heat to space; however, transferring heat to the internal spacecraft components requires a large and heavy radiator heat exchanger. At the same time, sensitive spacecraft instruments must be shielded from the thermal radiation of the RTG. The SRG110, with an efficiency around 22 percent and 50 C nominal housing surface temperature, can readily transfer the available waste heat directly via heat pipes, thermal straps, or fluid loops. The lower temperatures associated with the SRG110 avoid the chances of overheating other scientific components, eliminating the need for thermal shields. This provides the spacecraft designers more flexibility when locating the generator for a specific mission. A common misconception with high-efficiency systems is that there is not enough waste heat for spacecraft thermal management. This paper will dispel this misconception and investigate the use of a high-efficiency SRG110 for spacecraft thermal management and outline potential methods of waste heat utilization in several conceptual missions (Lunar Rover, Mars Rover, and Titan Lander). The advantages associated with the SRG110 as they relate to ease of assembly, less complex interfaces, and overall mass savings for a spacecraft will be highlighted.

  4. Wind energy systems for electric utilities: A synthesis of value studies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Flaim, T.; Hock, S.

    1984-05-01

    The impact of wind energy conversion systems (WECS) on electric utilities is investigated. Eight major studies estimate the value of wind systems - the amount the utility could afford to pay for wind turbines with no cost or reliability penalties. While these reports contain a substantial amount of useful information, their results are difficult to compare and interpret directly. The basic value analysis methodology as it exists today is described. Unresolved issues are identified and the results from value analysis studies completed since 1979 are presented.

  5. Assessment of arid lands plants as future energy crops for the electric utility industry

    SciTech Connect

    Foster, K.E.; Brooks, W.H.

    1981-12-01

    This technical report has been prepared to assess and estimate the prospects of utilizing selected native arid lands plant species (terpene- and nonterpene-containing species) as future renewable energy resources, especially by US electric utilities, and to familiarize nonspecialists with some major problems that must be resolved before these energy sources can become dependable supplies. The assessment includes descriptions of the processing and production technologies associated with the various plant species as well as recommendations for research procedures and development programs specific to arid lands. Suggestions about the agronomic and economic parameters of growing these plants as energy-source crops are also included.

  6. Inventory of Electric Utility Power Plants in the United States 2000

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2002-01-01

    In 2002, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released this comprehensive report of electric generating plant capacity for the year 2000. Over 300 pages in length, the document contains detailed discussions, tables, and charts of the country's electric utilities. There is a large amount of capacity and usage data that is broken down into primary energy source categories, including coal, gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, petroleum, and renewables. Much of the information is divided into statistics for individual states. The report also has "a 5-year summary (2001-2005) of proposed changes to existing generating units."

  7. Electric power processing, distribution, management and energy storage

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Giudici, R. J.

    1980-01-01

    Power distribution subsystems are required for three elements of the SPS program: (1) orbiting satellite, (2) ground rectenna, and (3) Electric Orbiting Transfer Vehicle (EOTV). Power distribution subsystems receive electrical power from the energy conversion subsystem and provide the power busses rotary power transfer devices, switchgear, power processing, energy storage, and power management required to deliver control, high voltage plasma interactions, electric thruster interactions, and spacecraft charging of the SPS and the EOTV are also included as part of the power distribution subsystem design.

  8. Electric utility engineer`s FGD manual -- Volume 1: FGD process design. Final report

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    NONE

    1996-03-04

    Part 1 of the Electric Utility Engineer`s Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Manual emphasizes the chemical and physical processes that form the basis for design and operation of lime- and limestone-based FGD systems applied to coal- or oil-fired steam electric generating stations. The objectives of Part 1 are: to provide a description of the chemical and physical design basis for lime- and limestone-based wet FGD systems; to identify and discuss the various process design parameters and process options that must be considered in developing a specification for a new FGD system; and to provide utility engineers with process knowledge useful for operating and optimizing a lime- or limestone-based wet FGD system.

  9. Ventricular Defibrillation: Problems of Electrical Management

    PubMed Central

    Orpin, John A.; Smith, May

    1982-01-01

    Correction of anoxia, acidosis and intracellular potassium derangement coupled with ECG monitoring is critical to the successful treatment of ventricular fibrillation. Many reports of problems with cardiac defibrillators necessitate review of the energy levels required to achieve an optimum therapeutic effect with electrical countershock. Factors influencing therapeutic threshold, particularly the dose per body weight and adverse side effects of electro-shock, are discussed. Many experts now believe that the maximal delivered energy for each single delivery should not be higher than 250-300 joules. PMID:21286548

  10. Weather sensitive method for short term load forecasting in Electric Power Utility of Serbia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Ruzic; A. Vuckovic; N. Nikolic

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents a regression-based adaptive weather sensitive short-term load-forecasting algorithm, which has been developed and implemented in Electric Power Utility of Serbia. The proposed methodology consists of two main steps. The total daily energy is independently forecasted in the first step while hourly loads are predicted in the second step. All model parameters are automatically calculated and updated using

  11. Electrical hand tools and techniques: A compilation. [utilization of space technology for tools and adapters

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1974-01-01

    Space technology utilization for developing tools, adapters, and fixtures and procedures for assembling, installing, and servicing electrical components and equipment are discussed. Some of the items considered are: (1) pivotal screwdriver, (2) termination locator tool for shielded cables, (3) solder application tools, (4) insulation and shield removing tool, and (5) torque wrench adapter for cable connector engaging ring. Diagrams of the various tools and devices are provided.

  12. Electrical Dispersion Compensation for 40Gb\\/s DQPSK Signal Utilizing MIMO DFEs

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Juhao Li; Jincheng Jia; Linhua Zhang; Fan Zhang; Zhangyuan Chen

    2008-01-01

    We investigate electrical dispersion compensation for 40-Gb\\/s differential quadrature phase-shift keying modulation signals utilizing multi-input-multi-output (MIMO) decision-feedback equalizers (DFEs). In our scheme, all branch signals after balanced-photodiode detection or single-photodiode detection are analogous to antennae in a MIMO wireless transmission systems. Chromatic dispersion and polarization-mode dispersion tolerances for various MIMO DFE configurations are compared. The flexible scheme can be easily

  13. Pricing for Utility-driven Resource Management and Allocation in Clusters

    E-print Network

    Melbourne, University of

    on the cluster. For effective and efficient management, the cluster RMS requires knowledge of how users value for allocation and management of resources that would otherwise consider and thus able to achieve the usersPricing for Utility-driven Resource Management and Allocation in Clusters Chee Shin Yeo

  14. Effects of moving cloud shadows on electric utilities with dispersed solar photovoltaic generation

    SciTech Connect

    Jewell, W.T.

    1986-01-01

    Residential utility-interactive solar photovoltaic (PV) generators were simulated throughout the southeast Tulsa, Oklahoma area. As cloud shadows pass over such PV systems, their generation varies with the incident solar radiation (insolation), and the electric utility must follow these changes with its own generators, similar to how it now follows continuous changes in electrical loads. A two-dimensional simulation of time-varying incident solar radiation was developed and used to study the effect of moving cloud shadows on the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) electric utility system, to which the PV generator were connected. The insolation simulation was first combined with a distribution feeder model to estimate possible changes in PV generation over several time periods. The insolation and feeder models were then used to provide data to the PSO power-flow simulation to estimate the effects on the PSO system. During the worst cumulus cloud pattern at peak-solar-radiation times, PSO will begin to see significant effects from the dispersed PV generation when PV installed penetration in southeast Tulsa reaches approximately 15% (when PV represents approximately 15% of the installed generation in southeast Tulsa.

  15. Renewable Electricity Benefits Quantification Methodology: A Request for Technical Assistance from the California Public Utilities Commission

    SciTech Connect

    Mosey, G.; Vimmerstedt, L.

    2009-07-01

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requested assistance in identifying methodological alternatives for quantifying the benefits of renewable electricity. The context is the CPUC's analysis of a 33% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in California--one element of California's Climate Change Scoping Plan. The information would be used to support development of an analytic plan to augment the cost analysis of this RPS (which recently was completed). NREL has responded to this request by developing a high-level survey of renewable electricity effects, quantification alternatives, and considerations for selection of analytic methods. This report addresses economic effects and health and environmental effects, and provides an overview of related analytic tools. Economic effects include jobs, earnings, gross state product, and electricity rate and fuel price hedging. Health and environmental effects include air quality and related public-health effects, solid and hazardous wastes, and effects on water resources.

  16. A study on battery management system for blade electric vehicle

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kun Zheng; Dong Chen; Yunfeng Liu

    2011-01-01

    Blade electric vehicles (BEVs) use batteries, by which the performance and security of the BEVs is determined, as its only source of energy. However, there are so many cells, connected in series-parallel combination to match the load requirement, needed to be monitored and controlled that making it a great challenge to manage all the cells timely and efficiently. Thus, a

  17. Power quality load management for large spacecraft electrical power systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lollar, Louis F.

    1988-01-01

    In December, 1986, a Center Director's Discretionary Fund (CDDF) proposal was granted to study power system control techniques in large space electrical power systems. Presented are the accomplishments in the area of power system control by power quality load management. In addition, information concerning the distortion problems in a 20 kHz ac power system is presented.

  18. Management Skills and Attitudes of Principals Toward Energy Utilization

    E-print Network

    Huntington, P.; Mayfield, E.

    1987-01-01

    parts: (1) a questionnaire re- garding factors which influenced energy utilization during fall 1985, (2) an opinionnaire relating to attitudes and managerial skills which affected energy utilization, and (3) a subjective questionnaire for historical.... AULYSIS OF DATA For the purpose of this study, Questionnaire Item 14 addressed the principal 's training: "Have you received energy conservation training as support for your current responsibilities?" Table 2 indi- cates that 30 (58...

  19. Regulatory politics and electric utilities: a case study in political economy

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, D.D.

    1981-01-01

    Anderson's stated purpose in writing this book was to take a fresh look at regulatory behavior by focusing on the state regulation of electric utilities from 1968 to 1978. To this end, the first chapter is a conceptional framework that is structured to include both external constraints placed on the regulatory agency and the internal dynamics of regulatory bureaucracy. The idea is that regulators are constrained by both the political interest of external groups, utilties, and electricity customers, and the level of staff cooperation. Where a point decision is involved, the necessity of staff cooperation is lessened due to the yes-no nature of the decision. However, when faced with a planning task the regulator must be aware of the level of staff cooperation due to the requirements of continued staff participation. Additionally, the regulator faced varying stringency of external constraints. The analysis is concerned with the relationship between the internal and external constraints and the resulting regulatory decision. Chapters 2 and 3 are historical review chapters. The first deals with the origins of state utility regulation. The second is an investigation of recent structural changes in the regulation of electric utilities. Chapters 4 and 5 consist of two case studies of state regulation of public utilities in New York and California. The final chapter draws a summary and general conclusions. The reviewer feels that, in summary, although Anderson's analysis is sound it fails to build upon the existing literature; and, in fact, denies the applicability of these models to the approach employed. This, he notes, led the author to restructure these arguments - albeit not as formally as the original authors.

  20. Nitrogen oxides emission control options for coal-fired electric utility boilers.

    PubMed

    Srivastava, Ravi K; Hall, Robert E; Khan, Sikander; Culligan, Kevin; Lani, Bruce W

    2005-09-01

    Recent regulations have required reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from electric utility boilers. To comply with these regulatory requirements, it is increasingly important to implement state-of-the-art NOx control technologies on coal-fired utility boilers. This paper reviews NOx control options for these boilers. It discusses the established commercial primary and secondary control technologies and examines what is being done to use them more effectively. Furthermore, the paper discusses recent developments in NOx controls. The popular primary control technologies in use in the United States are low-NOx burners and overfire air. Data reflect that average NOx reductions for specific primary controls have ranged from 35% to 63% from 1995 emissions levels. The secondary NOx control technologies applied on U.S. coal-fired utility boilers include reburning, selective noncatalytic reduction (SNCR), and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Thirty-six U.S. coal-fired utility boilers have installed SNCR, and reported NOx reductions achieved at these applications ranged from 15% to 66%. Recently, SCR has been installed at >150 U.S. coal-fired utility boilers. Data on the performance of 20 SCR systems operating in the United States with low-NOx emissions reflect that in 2003, these units achieved NOx emission rates between 0.04 and 0.07 lb/10(6) Btu. PMID:16259432

  1. Nitrogen oxides emission control options for coal-fired electric utility boilers

    SciTech Connect

    Ravi K. Srivastava; Robert E. Hall; Sikander Khan; Kevin Culligan; Bruce W. Lani [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)

    2005-09-01

    Recent regulations have required reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from electric utility boilers. To comply with these regulatory requirements, it is increasingly important to implement state-of-the-art NOx control technologies on coal-fired utility boilers. This paper reviews NOx control options for these boilers. It discusses the established commercial primary and secondary control technologies and examines what is being done to use them more effectively. Furthermore, the paper discusses recent developments in NOx controls. The popular primary control technologies in use in the United States are low-NOx burners and overfire air. Data reflect that average NOx reductions for specific primary controls have ranged from 35% to 63% from 1995 emissions levels. The secondary NOx control technologies applied on U.S. coal-fired utility boilers include reburning, selective noncatalytic reduction (SNCR), and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Thirty-six U.S. coal-fired utility boilers have installed SNCR, and reported NOx reductions achieved at these applications ranged from 15% to 66%. Recently, SCR has been installed at 150 U.S. coal-fired utility boilers. Data on the performance of 20 SCR systems operating in the United States with low-NOx emissions reflect that in 2003, these units achieved NOx emission rates between 0.04 and 0.07 lb/106 Btu. 106 refs., 6 figs., 6 tabs.

  2. Substance abuse service utilization under managed care: HMOs versus carve-out plans

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Bradley Stein; Elaine Reardon; Roland Sturm

    1999-01-01

    Managed behavioral health care organizations are increasingly managing Americans' substance abuse by using carve-outs, but little information is available about how this has affected service utilization and costs when compared to HMOs. One employer's claims for substance abuse services delivered under a carve-out arrangement are compared to prior HMO claims information. Under the carve-out arrangement, inpatient and outpatient service utilization

  3. The Validity and Utility of the Positive Presentation Management and Negative Presentation Management Scales for the Revised NEO Personality Inventory

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    Sellbom, Martin; Bagby, R. Michael

    2008-01-01

    Schinka, Kinder, and Kremer developed "validity" scales for the "Revised NEO Personality Inventory" (NEO PI-R; Costa & McCrae) to detect underreporting--the Positive Presentation Management (PPM) Scale and overreporting--the Negative Presentation Management (NPM) Scale. In this investigation, the clinical utility of these scales was examined using…

  4. Electric/Gas Utility-type Vehicle Page 1 of 5 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University No. 5501 Rev.: 0

    E-print Network

    Beex, A. A. "Louis"

    Electric/Gas Utility-type Vehicle Page 1 of 5 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University __________________________________________________________________________________ Subject: Electric/Gas Utility-type Vehicle, purchasing, inventory and disposal of all Electric/Gas Utility-type Vehicles (EGUV, e.g. golf carts and non

  5. Analysis of Energy Management System Control Philosophies Utilizing Collected Field Data

    E-print Network

    Russell, B. D.; Gerloff, G. W.; Heller; R. P.; Perry, L. W.

    1983-01-01

    Small commercial and light industrial operations are turning to low-cost energy management controllers in efforts to reduce their electrical usage and demand. These controllers offer a variety of techniques to obtain this goal. To study the effects...

  6. Analysis of Energy Management System Control Philosophies Utilizing Collected Field Data 

    E-print Network

    Russell, B. D.; Gerloff, G. W.; Heller; R. P.; Perry, L. W.

    1983-01-01

    Small commercial and light industrial operations are turning to low-cost energy management controllers in efforts to reduce their electrical usage and demand. These controllers offer a variety of techniques to obtain this goal. To study the effects...

  7. Spatial Ecology of and Public Attitudes toward Monk Parakeets Nesting on Electric Utility Structures in Dallas and Tarrant Counties, Texas 

    E-print Network

    Reed, Janet Elaine

    2014-07-29

    Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) were introduced to the United States (US) where they established naturalized populations. They often build their bulky twig nests on electric utility structures, causing economic damage. ...

  8. Evaluation of Utility System Impacts and Benefits of Optimally Dispatched Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (Revised)

    SciTech Connect

    Denholm, P.; Short, W.

    2006-10-01

    Hybrid electric vehicles with the capability of being recharged from the grid may provide a significant decrease in oil consumption. These ''plug-in'' hybrids (PHEVs) will affect utility operations, adding additional electricity demand. Because many individual vehicles may be charged in the extended overnight period, and because the cost of wireless communication has decreased, there is a unique opportunity for utilities to directly control the charging of these vehicles at the precise times when normal electricity demand is at a minimum. This report evaluates the effects of optimal PHEV charging, under the assumption that utilities will indirectly or directly control when charging takes place, providing consumers with the absolute lowest cost of driving energy. By using low-cost off-peak electricity, PHEVs owners could purchase the drive energy equivalent to a gallon of gasoline for under 75 cents, assuming current national average residential electricity prices.

  9. Water Utility Management Strategies in Turkey: The current situation and the challenges

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Alp, E.; Aksoy, M. N.; Koçer, B.

    2013-12-01

    As the effects of climate change becomes more prominent, current challenges related to water and wastewater management is becoming more serious. Providing water that satisfies environmental and safety standards in terms of quantity and quality is needed to maintain human life without compromising the need of future generations. Besides providing safe and affordable water, necessary treatment should be achieved according to several important factors such as receiving body standards, discharge standards, water reuse options. Therefore, management of water becomes more crucial than ever that states have to provide accessibility of safe water with affordable cost to its citizens with the means of effective utility management, including water treatment facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, water supply facilities and water distribution systems. Water utilities encounter with several challenges related to cost, infrastructure, population, legislation, workforce and resource. This study aims to determine the current situation and the necessary strategies to improve utility management in Turkish municipalities in a sustainable manner. US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has formed a tool on effective utility management that assists utilities to provide a solution for both current and future challenges. In this study, we used EPA's guidelines and developed a survey consists of 60 questions under 10 sub-topics (Product Quality, Employee & Leadership Development, Stakeholder Understanding & Support, Operational Optimization, Infrastructure Stability, Financial Viability, Community Sustainability, Customer Satisfaction, Operational Resiliency, and Water Resource Adequacy). This survey was sent to the managers of 25 metropolitan municipalities in Turkey to assess the current condition of municipalities. After the evaluation of the survey results for each topic, including the importance given by managers, facilities were rated according to their level of achievement. The scores were given for Rate Achievement from 1 to 5 and Rank Importance from 1 to 10 to the survey outcomes for each topic. Then, rating and ranking matrix was constructed according to score ranges. Results show that Product Quality, Stakeholder Understanding & Support, Infrastructure Stability and Customer Satisfaction are the major topics that needs to be improved according to the utility managers in Turkey. According to the outcomes of the study, water losses and unbilled unmetered consumption of water appeared to be the most important issues with the utility management. The utility managers also think there is still room for improvement to satisfy the needs of the users. Even though the rehabilitation of the infrastructure is a costly investment, it can be compensated with the help of the increased revenues as a result of improvement in water loss and unbilled water use. Suggestions given as a result of this study aim to aid decision makers and local authorities to overcome the significant problems faced during management and to achieve a sustainable utility management.

  10. A Titan Explorer Mission Utilizing Solar Electric Propulsion and Chemical Propulsion Systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Cupples, Michael; Coverstone, Vicki

    2003-01-01

    Mission and Systems analyses were performed for a Titan Explorer Mission scenario utilizing medium class launch vehicles, solar electric propulsion system (SEPS) for primary interplanetary propulsion, and chemical propulsion for capture at Titan. An examination of a range of system factors was performed to determine their affect on the payload delivery capability to Titan. The effect of varying the launch vehicle, solar array power, associated number of SEPS thrusters, chemical propellant combinations, tank liner thickness, and tank composite overwrap stress factor was investigated. This paper provides a parametric survey of the aforementioned set of system factors, delineating their affect on Titan payload delivery, as well as discussing aspects of planetary capture methodology.

  11. Collision management utilizing CCD and remote sensing technology

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mcdaniel, Harvey E., Jr.

    1995-01-01

    With the threat of damage to aerospace systems (space station, shuttle, hypersonic a/c, solar power satellites, loss of life, etc.) from collision with debris (manmade/artificial), there exists an opportunity for the design of a novel system (collision avoidance) to be incorporated into the overall design. While incorporating techniques from ccd and remote sensing technologies, an integrated system utilized in the infrared/visible spectrum for detection, tracking, localization, and maneuvering from doppler shift measurements is achievable. Other analysis such as impact assessment, station keeping, chemical, and optical tracking/fire control solutions are possible through this system. Utilizing modified field programmable gated arrays (software reconfiguring the hardware) the mission and mission effectiveness can be varied. This paper outlines the theoretical operation of a prototype system as it applies to collision avoidance (to be followed up by research).

  12. Hydrogen gas production and utilization as electricity using a renewable energy source

    SciTech Connect

    Fahmy, F.H.; Abdel-Rehim, Z.S. [National Research Center, Cairo (Egypt)

    1999-08-01

    The present study includes two main parts. The first describes hydrogen production from electrolysis water depending on the DC output current of the photovoltaic (PV) energy source. The second part presents the utilization of produced hydrogen to generate electric power. The design of a closed loop cycle for electrolyzer and fuel cell to produce hydrogen and generate electrical energy, respectively, depending on a renewable energy source, is considered. Five different types of electrolyzer and fuel cells are studied to depict the effect of these types with respect to the current, voltage, cell temperature, cell pressure, sizing, and the required number of modules to produce one cubic meter of hydrogen per one hour. According to the various types of electrolyzer and fuel cell, multi PV systems are designed to produce 10 m{sup 3}/day of hydrogen. The daily PV solar energy consumption to produce 10 m{sup 3} of hydrogen gas is calculated. Also, I-V and P-V characteristics of PV arrays for different percentages of insolation for the selected isolated area (Aswan) are calculated. The results show that the first type of electrolyzer (conventional alkaline) is the most economical one to produce hydrogen gas at the lowest values of the electrical current and voltage. The first and the second types of the fuel cells (alkaline and polymer membrane) generate a higher value of electrical energy than the others.

  13. Managed Care for Children: Effect on Access to Care and Utilization of Health Services.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Szilagyi, Peter G.

    1998-01-01

    Reviews what is known about the effect of managed care on access to health services, as well as utilization of hospital care, emergency department visits, primary care services, and specialty pediatric services. The effect of managed care appears dependent on several factors and, thus, is likely to vary according to the population served. (SLD)

  14. Utilization of Computer Technology To Facilitate Money Management by Individuals with Mental Retardation.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Davies, Daniel K.; Stock, Steven E.; Wehmeyer, Michael L.

    2003-01-01

    This report describes results of an initial investigation of the utility of a specially designed money management software program for improving management of personal checking accounts for individuals with mental retardation. Use with 19 adults with mental retardation indicated the software resulted in significant reduction in check writing and…

  15. Solar heating and cooling of buildings (SHACOB): requirements definition and impact analysis. [Economic impact on electric utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. C. Melton; C. K. Cretcher

    1977-01-01

    The installation of Solar Heating and Cooling of Building (SHACOB) systems usually requires a backup system--often electric--to take some portion of the load on days of low insolation, and to carry the entire load during extended periods of low insolation. The implications of such systems on the economic operation of electric utilities may be significant if a displacement of required

  16. An off-peak energy storage concept for electric utilities: Part II--The water battery concept

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. E. Clifford; E. W. Brooman; V. T. Sulzberger; Y. Z. El-Badry

    1977-01-01

    The water battery (reversible water electrolyser) as envisaged by Battelle Columbus Laboratories (BCL) is a single energy storage device for use on an electric utility system at dispersed locations such as substations. Available off-peak electric energy can be used to electrolyse water, thus producing hydrogen and oxygen, which can be stored externally to the device. These gases can be recycled,

  17. The air quality and human health effects of integrating utility-scale batteries into the New York State electricity grid

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Elisabeth A. Gilmore; Jay Apt; Rahul Walawalkar; Peter J. Adams; Lester B. Lave

    2010-01-01

    In a restructured electricity market, utility-scale energy storage technologies such as advanced batteries can generate revenue by charging at low electricity prices and discharging at high prices. This strategy changes the magnitude and distribution of air quality emissions and the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We evaluate the social costs associated with these changes using a case study of 500MW

  18. A critical assessment of the Hong Kong Government's proposed post-2008 regulatory regime for local electricity utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chi-Keung Woo; Ira Horowitz; Asher Tishler

    2006-01-01

    In December 2005, the Hong Kong Government issued a “Consultation Paper on Future Development of the Electricity Markets in Hong Kong: Stage II Consultation,” proposing a post-2008 regulatory regime upon the expiration of the existing regulatory contract between the Hong Kong Government and each of the two local electricity utilities. We assess the proposal using the criteria of safe, reliable,

  19. Task analysis and rationale for a performance based consultative sales training program for electric utility customer engineers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1985-01-01

    A job task analysis was performed to determine the major tasks and specific competencies required of electric power company customer engineers in a changing economic and technological climate. Through an examination of occupational documents, interviews with occupational specialists, and a questionnaire completed by an electric utility company focus group, 13 major customer tasks and 222 specific competencies were identified. Based

  20. Automated electric power management and control for Space Station Freedom

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dolce, James L.; Mellor, Pamela A.; Kish, James A.

    1990-01-01

    A comprehensive automation design is being developed for Space Station Freedom's electric power system. It strives to increase station productivity by applying expert systems and conventional algorithms to automate power system operation. An integrated approach to the power system command and control problem is defined and used to direct technology development in: diagnosis, security monitoring and analysis, battery management, and cooperative problem-solving for resource allocation. The prototype automated power system is developed using simulations and test-beds.

  1. EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION OF LANDFILL GAS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives information on emerging technologies that are considered to be commercially available (Tier 1), currently undergoing research and development (Tier 2), or considered as potentially applicable (Tier 3) for the management of landfill gas (LFG) emissions or for the ...

  2. Utilization and environmental management of residues from intensive animal production

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Animal manures are traditional sources of nutrients in agriculture. Under proper management, manures provide nutrients to soil, reducing or eliminating the use of commercial fertilizers, as well as organic carbon that improves soil physical properties and soil health. However, excessive application ...

  3. Utilizing a Simulation Exercise to Illustrate Critical Inventory Management Concepts

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Umble, Elisabeth; Umble, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Most undergraduate business students simply do not appreciate the elegant mathematical beauty of inventory models. So how does an instructor capture students' interest and keep them engaged in the learning process when teaching inventory management concepts? This paper describes a competitive and energizing in-class simulation game that introduces…

  4. Economic theory of marginal cost pricing and its application by electric utilities in France and Great Britain

    SciTech Connect

    Westfield, F.M.

    1980-01-01

    The theory of marginal cost pricing and examines interpretation and applications of the theory by electric utilities in France and Great Britain is reviewed. A general overview is provided of the economic rationale for marginal cost pricing. Ideal marginal cost pricing as applied to electricity is described and explained. Practical problems related to electricity rate making according to marginal cost are analyzed. Experience in France and the UK is discussed.

  5. Valuation implications of alternative income numbers for electric-utility investors

    SciTech Connect

    Olsen, J.C. III

    1984-01-01

    This study examines the valuation implications of various historical cost and inflation-adjusted earning numbers of electric utilities. Chapter 1 describes the institutional aspects of historical cost and inflation accounting within this industry, and justifies the separate consideration of electric utilities on these bases. It also discusses the literature on cross-section valuation of equity securities and provides extensions to the theory that explicitly incorporate nonstationarities in the investment opportunity set and multiple earnings numbers posessing different perceived levels of riskiness. Chapter 2 provides the empirical design and summary statistics for the examination of the valuation of historical cost-based earnings numbers, prior to the consideration of the inflation-adjusted data. Chapter 3 reexamines Bowen's (1978, 1981) result regarding the differential discounting of earnings from operations and allowance for funds used during construction. The reexamination indicates that alteration of the deflation technique employed as a control for heteroscedasticity, together with the operationalization of the earnings terms, alters this conclusion as well. Chapter 4 discusses the empirical design employed in the consideration of the inflation-adjusted data, together with various summary statistics for the sample. Chapter 5 provides valuation results for the inflation-adjusted data viewed as both single and mulitple earnings streams for each firm, which suggest that the SFAS 33 numbers do not provide additional valuation-relevant information to equity investors.

  6. The market potential for SMES in electric utility applications. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-06-01

    Superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) is an emerging technology with features that are potentially attractive in electric utility applications. This study evaluates the potential for SMES technology in the generation, transmission, distribution, and use of electric energy; the time frame of the assessment is through the year 2030. Comparisons are made with other technology options, including both commercially available and advanced systems such as various peaking generation technologies, transmission stability improvement technologies, and power quality enhancement devices. The methodology used for this study focused on the needs of the market place, the capabilities of S and the characteristics of the competing technologies. There is widespread interest within utilities for the development of SMES technology, but there is no general consensus regarding the most attractive size. Considerable uncertainty exists regarding the eventual costs and benefits of commercial SMES systems, but general trends have been developed based on current industry knowledge. Results of this analysis indicate that as storage capacity increases, cost increases at a rate faster than benefits. Transmission system applications requiring dynamic storage appear to have the most attractive economics. Customer service applications may be economic in the near term, but improved ride-through capability of end-use equipment may limit the size of this market over time. Other applications requiring greater storage capacity appear to be only marginally economic at best.

  7. Penetration and air-emission-reduction benefits of solar technologies in the electric utilities

    SciTech Connect

    Sutherland, R.J.

    1981-01-01

    The results of a study of four solar energy technologies and the electric utility industry are reported. The purpose of the study was to estimate the penetration by federal region of four solar technologies - wind, biomass, phtovoltaics, and solar thermal - in terms of installed capacity and power generated. The penetration by these technologies occurs at the expense of coal and nuclear power. The displacement of coal plants implies a displacement of their air emissions, such as sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulate matter. The main conclusion of this study is that solar thermal, photovoltaics, and biomass fail to penetrate significantly by the end of this century in any federal region. Wind energy penetrates the electric utility industry in several regions during the 1990s. Displaced coal and nuclear generation are also estimated by region, as are the corresponding reductions in air emissions. The small-scale penetration by the solar technologies necessarily limits the amount of conventional fuels displaced and the reduction in air emissions. A moderate displacement of sulfur dioxide and the oxides of nitrogen is estimated to occur by the end of this century, and significant lowering of these emissions should occur in the early part of the next century.

  8. Bulk electric system reliability evaluation incorporating wind power and demand side management

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Huang, Dange

    Electric power systems are experiencing dramatic changes with respect to structure, operation and regulation and are facing increasing pressure due to environmental and societal constraints. Bulk electric system reliability is an important consideration in power system planning, design and operation particularly in the new competitive environment. A wide range of methods have been developed to perform bulk electric system reliability evaluation. Theoretically, sequential Monte Carlo simulation can include all aspects and contingencies in a power system and can be used to produce an informative set of reliability indices. It has become a practical and viable tool for large system reliability assessment technique due to the development of computing power and is used in the studies described in this thesis. The well-being approach used in this research provides the opportunity to integrate an accepted deterministic criterion into a probabilistic framework. This research work includes the investigation of important factors that impact bulk electric system adequacy evaluation and security constrained adequacy assessment using the well-being analysis framework. Load forecast uncertainty is an important consideration in an electrical power system. This research includes load forecast uncertainty considerations in bulk electric system reliability assessment and the effects on system, load point and well-being indices and reliability index probability distributions are examined. There has been increasing worldwide interest in the utilization of wind power as a renewable energy source over the last two decades due to enhanced public awareness of the environment. Increasing penetration of wind power has significant impacts on power system reliability, and security analyses become more uncertain due to the unpredictable nature of wind power. The effects of wind power additions in generating and bulk electric system reliability assessment considering site wind speed correlations and the interactive effects of wind power and load forecast uncertainty on system reliability are examined. The concept of the security cost associated with operating in the marginal state in the well-being framework is incorporated in the economic analyses associated with system expansion planning including wind power and load forecast uncertainty. Overall reliability cost/worth analyses including security cost concepts are applied to select an optimal wind power injection strategy in a bulk electric system. The effects of the various demand side management measures on system reliability are illustrated using the system, load point, and well-being indices, and the reliability index probability distributions. The reliability effects of demand side management procedures in a bulk electric system including wind power and load forecast uncertainty considerations are also investigated. The system reliability effects due to specific demand side management programs are quantified and examined in terms of their reliability benefits.

  9. The peregrine falcon in Arizona: Habitat utilization and management recommendations

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Ellis, D.H.

    1982-01-01

    The peregrine falcon once bred in significant numbers in Arizona. Good documentation is available for specific breeding sites and an additional 20 general locations. This report, based on the published literature, an extensive personal contact survey, an aerial habitat inventory (over 124 hours air time), and ground visits to over 300 locations, provides information on habitat preferences and management practices which can contribute to the bird's survival. In seeking to identify the habitat preferences of the falcon, many site description factors were examined. Those traits which appeared common to most recent Arizona sites (and therefore most useful in evaluating habitat) were: elevation less than 9,000 feet, cliffs tall or very tall, cliffs extensive, topographic relief high, and surface water readily available. All recent sites are in extensive canyon systems or in extensive mountain ranges. Using a habitat evaluation key derived from the traits common to known breeding sites, all cliff regions in Arizona and the Navajo Indian Reservation were flown and evaluated for suitability. Nineteen falcon eyries located in subsequent ground visits were all in areas previously ranked acceptable or better. Many management alternatives are discussed: management of information on breeding sites, habitat preservation, controlling disruptive human activities, and enhancing productivity through the creation of suitable breeding ledges, providing pesticide free prey, or direct reintroductions. Given their privacy (and an increasingly pesticide free environment) the peregrine falcon will likely exist indefinitely in suitable areas across Arizona.

  10. RBFN Based Efficiency Optimization Method of Induction Motor Utilized in Electrically Driven Marine Propellers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Supari; Syafaruddin; Negara, I. Made Yulistya; Ashari, Mochamad; Hiyama, Takashi

    Thruster controllers of electric propulsion system with fixed pitch propellers are conventionally aimed to control only the shaft speed without utilizing the capabilities of the controllers to apply any other control strategies. In fact, the dynamic operating conditions lead to the fluctuation of motor load. For this reason, utilizing conventional controllers is hard enough due to the critical constraints and limitation of the ship power source. The paper presents study and analysis of efficiency optimization strategy in thruster shaft speed controllers driven by induction motor. The control strategy based on intelligent method called radial basis function neural network (RBFN) is implemented. A set of training data derived from a loss model controller of the induction motor working under indirect field-oriented-control (IFOC) drives is used for training process of RBFN. The loss model controller utilizes schematically the flux generating current as controlling variable. Estimation of the flux generating current through the RBFN process shows significant improvement in motor efficiency especially for low speed and ship transit system.

  11. Electric utility transmission and distribution upgrade deferral benefits from modular electricity storage : a study for the DOE Energy Storage Systems Program.

    SciTech Connect

    Eyer, James M. (Distributed Utility Associates, Inc., Livermore, CA)

    2009-06-01

    The work documented in this report was undertaken as part of an ongoing investigation of innovative and potentially attractive value propositions for electricity storage by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Electricity Storage Systems (ESS) Program. This study characterizes one especially attractive value proposition for modular electricity storage (MES): electric utility transmission and distribution (T&D) upgrade deferral. The T&D deferral benefit is characterized in detail. Also presented is a generalized framework for estimating the benefit. Other important and complementary (to T&D deferral) elements of possible value propositions involving MES are also characterized.

  12. A good integrated resource plan: Guidelines for electric utilities and regulators

    SciTech Connect

    Hirst, E.

    1992-12-01

    Integrated resource planning helps utilities and state regulatory commissions consistently assess a broad range of demand and supply resources to meet customer energy-service needs cost-effectively. Key characteristics of this planning approach include: explicit consideration and fair treatment of a wide variety of demand and supply options, consideration of the environmental and other social costs of providing energy services, public participation in the development of the resource plan, and analysis of the uncertainties associated with different external factors and resource options. Integrated resource planning differs from traditional planning in the types and scope of resources considered, the owners of the resources, the organizations involved in resource planning, and the criteria for resource selection. This report presents suggestions to utilities on how to conduct such planning and what to include in their resource-planning reports. These suggestions are based on a review of about 50 resource plans as well as discussions with and presentations to regulators and utilities. The suggestions cover four broad topics; the technical competence with which the plan was developed; the adequacy, detail, and consistency (with the long-term plan) of the short-term action plan; the extent to which the interests of various stakeholders was considered, both in public participation in plan development and in the variety of resource plans developedand assessed; and the clarity and comprehensiveness of the utility`s report on its plan. Technical competence includes energy and demand forecasts, assessment of supply and demand resources, resource integration, and treatment of uncertainty. Issues associated with forecasts include forecasting approaches; links between the forecasts of energy use and peak demands; and links between the forecasts and the effects of past, present, and future demand-side management programs.

  13. The impact of deregulation and restructuring: An empirical case study of the electric utility industry from 1998 through 2007

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Robinson, Deborah E.

    This qualitative study analyzed the residential electricity prices in the competitive U.S. electric market from 1998 to 2007. This analysis revealed that electricity restructuring has not yet resulted in lower prices for the majority of residential consumers in areas open to competition. This study reviewed actual experiences of eight states in the deregulated and restructured electricity markets: Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The study began with a historical look at the deregulated and restructured electricity market from 1990 to 2007. The electricity market was deregulated to include retail competition and price caps. The results indicated that both had an effect on residential prices. This study used data from the Energy Information Administration and the 8 public utility commissions. Contrary to common expectations, residential electricity costs for consumers have increased rather than decreased.

  14. Utilization management in radiology, part 1: rationale, history, and current status.

    PubMed

    Duszak, Richard; Berlin, Jonathan W

    2012-10-01

    Previous growth in the utilization of medical imaging has led to numerous efforts to reduce associated spending. Although these have historically been directed toward unit cost reductions, recent interest has emerged by various stakeholders in curbing inappropriate utilization. Radiology benefits managers have widespread market penetration and have been promoted largely by the payer community as effective mechanisms to curb increases in imaging volume. The provider community has tended to favor real-time order entry decision support systems. These have demonstrated comparable effectiveness to radiology benefits managers in early projects but currently have only limited market penetration. In this first of a two-part series, the rationale for the development of utilization management programs will be discussed and their history and current status reviewed. PMID:23025862

  15. Clinical utility of pharmacogenomics in the management of hepatitis C

    PubMed Central

    Trinks, Julieta; Hulaniuk, María Laura; Redal, María Ana; Flichman, Diego

    2014-01-01

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) was identified for the first time more than 20 years ago. Since then, several studies have highlighted the complicated aspects of this viral infection in relation to its worldwide prevalence, its clinical presentation, and its therapeutic response. Recently, two landmark scientific breakthroughs have moved us closer to the successful eradication of chronic HCV infection. First, response rates in treatment-naïve patients and in prior non-responders to pegylated-interferon-? and ribavirin therapy are increasing as a direct consequence of the development of direct-acting antiviral drugs. Secondly, the discovery of single-nucleotide polymorphisms near the interleukin 28B gene significantly related to spontaneous and treatment-induced HCV clearance represents a milestone in the HCV therapeutic landscape. The implementation of this pharmacogenomics finding as a routine test for HCV-infected patients has enhanced our understanding of viral pathogenesis, has encouraged the design of ground-breaking antiviral treatment regimens, and has become useful for pretreatment decision making. Nowadays, interleukin 28B genotyping is considered to be a key diagnostic tool for the management of HCV-infected patients and will maintain its significance for new combination treatment schemes using direct-acting antiviral agents and even in interferon-free regimens. Such pharmacogenomics insights represent a challenge to clinicians, researchers, and health administrators to transform this information into knowledge with the aim of elaborating safer and more effective therapeutic strategies specifically designed for each patient. In conclusion, the individualization of treatment regimens for patients with hepatitis C, that may lead to a universal cure in future years, is becoming a reality due to recent developments in biomarker and genomic medicine. In light of these advances, we review the scientific evidence and clinical implications of recent findings related to host genetic factors in the management of HCV infection. PMID:25382982

  16. PROCEEDINGS: SECOND CONFERENCE ON WASTE HEAT MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION HELD AT MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA IN DECEMBER 1978, VOLUME 2

    EPA Science Inventory

    The proceedings document most presentations made during the Second Conference on Waste Heat Management and Utilization, held December 4-6, 1978, at Miami Beach, FL. Presentations were grouped by areas of concern: general, utilization, mathematical modeling, ecological effects, co...

  17. PROCEEDINGS: SECOND CONFERENCE ON WATER HEAT MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION HELD AT MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA IN DECEMBER 1978, VOLUME 1

    EPA Science Inventory

    The proceedings document most presentations made during the Second Conference on Waste Heat Management and Utilization, held December 4-6, 1978, at Miami Beach, FL. Presentations were grouped by areas of concern: general, utilization, mathematical modeling, ecological effects, co...

  18. Nuclear power and the market value of the shares of electric utilities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lyons, Joseph T.

    The most basic principle of security valuation is that market prices are determined by investors' expectations of the firm's performance in the future. These expectations are generally understood to be related to the risk that investors will bear by holding the firm's equity. There is considerable evidence that financial statements prepared in accordance with accrual-based accounting standards consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) have information content relevant to the establishment of market prices. In 2001, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 143, "Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations," changing the accounting standards that must be used to prepare financial statements. This paper investigates the effect that investment in nuclear power has on the market value of electric utilities and the impact on the securities markets of the significant changes in financial statement presentation mandated by this new standard.

  19. Reduction in tribological energy losses in the transportation and electric utilities sectors

    SciTech Connect

    Pinkus, O.; Wilcock, D.F.; Levinson, T.M.

    1985-09-01

    This report is part of a study of ways and means of advancing the national energy conservation effort, particularly with regard to oil, via progress in the technology of tribology. The report is confined to two economic sectors: transportation, where the scope embraces primarily the highway fleets, and electric utilities. Together these two sectors account for half of the US energy consumption. Goal of the study is to ascertain the energy sinks attributable to tribological components and processes and to recommend long-range research and development (R and D) programs aimed at reducing these losses. In addition to the obvious tribological machine components such as bearings, piston rings, transmissions and so on, the study also extends to processes which are linked to tribology indirectly such as wear of machine parts, coatings of blades, high temperature materials leading to higher cycle efficiencies, attenuation of vibration, and other cycle improvements.

  20. NRC review of Electric Power Research Institute`s advanced light water reactor utility requirements document. Passive plant designs, chapter 1, project number 669

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-08-01

    The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is preparing a compendium of technical requirements, referred to as the {open_quotes}Advanced Light Water Reactor [ALWR] Utility Requirements Document{close_quotes}, that is acceptable to the design of an ALWR power plant. When completed, this document is intended to be a comprehensive statement of utility requirements for the design, construction, and performance of an ALWR power plant for the 1990s and beyond. The Requirements Document consists of three volumes. Volume 1, {open_quotes}ALWR Policy and Summary of Top-Tier Requirements{close_quotes}, is a management-level synopsis of the Requirements Document, including the design objectives and philosophy, the overall physical configuration and features of a future nuclear plant design, and the steps necessary to take the proposed ALWR design criteria beyond the conceptual design state to a completed, functioning power plant. Volume II consists of 13 chapters and contains utility design requirements for an evolutionary nuclear power plant [approximately 1350 megawatts-electric (MWe)]. Volume III contains utility design requirements for nuclear plants for which passive features will be used in their designs (approximately 600 MWe). In April 1992, the staff of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, issued Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Parts 1 and 2) of its safety evaluation report (SER) to document the results of its review of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Requirements Document. Volume 1, {open_quotes}NRC Review of Electric Power Research Institute`s Advanced Light Water Reactor Utility Requirements Document - Program Summary{close_quotes}, provided a discussion of the overall purpose and scope of the Requirements Document, the background of the staff`s review, the review approach used by the staff, and a summary of the policy and technical issues raised by the staff during its review.

  1. NRC review of Electric Power Research Institute`s advanced light water reactor utility requirements document. Passive plant designs, chapters 2-13, project number 669

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-08-01

    The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is preparing a compendium of technical requirements, referred to as the {open_quotes}Advanced Light Water Reactor [ALWR] Utility Requirements Document{close_quotes}, that is acceptable to the design of an ALWR power plant. When completed, this document is intended to be a comprehensive statement of utility requirements for the design, construction, and performance of an ALWR power plant for the 1990s and beyond. The Requirements Document consists of three volumes. Volume I, {open_quotes}ALWR Policy and Summary of Top-Tier Requirements{close_quotes}, is a management-level synopsis of the Requirements Document, including the design objectives and philosophy, the overall physical configuration and features of a future nuclear plant design, and the steps necessary to take the proposed ALWR design criteria beyond the conceptual design state to a completed, functioning power plant. Volume II consists of 13 chapters and contains utility design requirements for an evolutionary nuclear power plant [approximately 1350 megawatts-electric (MWe)]. Volume III contains utility design requirements for nuclear plants for which passive features will be used in their designs (approximately 600 MWe). In April 1992, the staff of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, issued Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Parts 1 and 2) of its safety evaluation report (SER) to document the results of its review of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Requirements Document. Volume 1, {open_quotes}NRC Review of Electric Power Research Institute`s Advanced Light Water Reactor Utility Requirements Document - Program Summary{close_quotes}, provided a discussion of the overall purpose and scope of the Requirements Document, the background of the staff`s review, the review approach used by the staff, and a summary of the policy and technical issues raised by the staff during its review.

  2. Stratum Electricity Markets: Toward Multi-temporal Distributed Risk Management for Sustainable Electricity Provision

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wu, Zhiyong (Richard)

    Motivated by the overall challenge of ensuring long-term sustainable electricity service, we view this challenge as a long-term decision making problem under uncertainties. We start by recognizing that, independent of the industry organization, the uncertainties are enormous and often exogenous to the energy service providers. They are multi-dimensional and are result of fundamental drivers, ranging from the supply side, through the demand side, to the regulatory and policy sides. The basic contribution of this thesis comes from the recognition that long-term investments for ensuring reliable and stable electricity service critically depend on how these uncertainties are perceived, valued and managed by the different stakeholders within the complex industry organization such as the electric power industry. We explain several reasons why price signals obtained from current short-term electricity markets alone are not sufficient enough for long-term sustainable provision. Some enhancements are presented in the thesis to improve the short-term electricity market price signals to reflect the true cost of operation. New market mechanisms and instruments are needed to facilitate the stakeholders to better deal with long-term risks. The problems of ensuring long-term stable reliable service in the sense of the traditional resource adequacy requirements are revisited in both the restructuring industry and regulated industry. We introduce a so-called Stratum Electricity Market (SEM) design as the basic market mechanism for solving the problem of long-term reliable electricity service through a series of interactive multi-lateral market exchange platforms for risks communication, management and evaluations over various time horizons and by the different groups of stakeholders. In other words, our proposed SEM is a basic IT-enabled framework for the decision making processes by various parties over different time. Because of the uniqueness of electricity as a commodity, the values for the same amount of energy during different time and at different location can vary dramatically. Moreover, for the same hour, the values for the same amount of power at base load level or at peak load level are different due to the different generation technologies and other non-convex constraints like unit commitment. The multiple market products at zonal/nodal levels with different time horizon and time of use categories are designed to reflect more realistic demand and supply conditions at various temporal and spatial granularities. Detailed market rules, rights and regulations (3Rs) concerning the sub-markets interactions, product hierarchy and financial settlements are also examined.

  3. Lung cancer in relation to employment in the electrical utility industry and exposure to magnetic fields.

    PubMed Central

    Savitz, D A; Dufort, V; Armstrong, B; Thériault, G

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: A recent study found that lung cancer may be associated with exposures encountered in the electrical utility industry. To further evaluate this possibility, data were collected and analysed from five large electrical utility companies in the United States. METHODS: A cohort of 138905 male workers employed between 1950 and 1986 was followed up for mortality to the end of 1988, with 20733 deaths identified of which 1692 were due to lung cancer. Mortality from lung cancer was examined in relation to the duration of employment in specific jobs thought to have high exposure to 60 Hz magnetic fields and to an index of cumulative exposure to magnetic fields based on personal measurements. Exposure to pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) as estimated from another study was also considered. Poisson regression generated rate ratios for categories of exposure based on comparisons within the cohort adjusted for age, calendar year, race, socioeconomic status, work status, and estimated exposure to asbestos. RESULTS: Mortality rose modestly with duration of work as an electrician or power plant operator reaching rate ratios of 1.4 with > or = 20 years in those jobs but not with duration of work as a lineman or a combination of jobs thought to have high exposures to 60 Hz magnetic fields or PEMFs. Cumulative indices of exposure to 60 Hz magnetic fields and PEMFs were both associated with rate ratios of 1.2-1.3 in the highest intervals. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that lung cancer is not strongly associated with duration of employment in specific jobs associated with high potential exposure to 60 Hz magnetic fields or to PEMFs. Small associations of lung cancer with indices of both 60 Hz magnetic fields and PEMFs leave open the possibility that larger associations have been diluted through exposure misclassification. Refined exposure assessment, especially to PEMFs, would be required to evaluate that possibility. PMID:9245945

  4. Utilizing Radioisotope Power System Waste Heat for Spacecraft Thermal Management

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pantano, David R.; Dottore, Frank; Geng, Steven M.; Schrieber, Jeffrey G.; Tobery, E. Wayne; Palko, Joseph L.

    2005-01-01

    One of the advantages of using a Radioisotope Power System (RPS) for deep space or planetary surface missions is the readily available waste heat, which can be used to maintain electronic components within a controlled temperature range, to warm propulsion tanks and mobility actuators, and to gasify liquid propellants. Previous missions using Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) dissipated a very large quantity of waste heat due to the relatively low efficiency of the thermoelectric conversion technology. The next generation RPSs, such as the 110-watt Stirling Radioisotope Generator (SRG110) will have much higher conversion efficiencies than their predecessors and therefore may require alternate approaches to transferring waste heat to the spacecraft. RTGs, with efficiencies of approx. 6 to 7% and 200 C housing surface temperatures, would need to use large and heavy radiator heat exchangers to transfer the waste heat to the internal spacecraft components. At the same time, sensitive spacecraft instruments must be shielded from the thermal radiation by using the heat exchangers or additional shields. The SRG110, with an efficiency around 22% and 50 C nominal housing surface temperature, can use the available waste heat more efficiently by more direct heat transfer methods such as heat pipes, thermal straps, or fluid loops. The lower temperatures allow the SRG110 much more flexibility to the spacecraft designers in configuring the generator without concern of overheating nearby scientific instruments, thereby eliminating the need for thermal shields. This paper will investigate using a high efficiency SRG110 for spacecraft thermal management and outline potential methods in several conceptual missions (Lunar Rover, Mars Rover, and Titan Lander) to illustrate the advantages with regard to ease of assembly, less complex interfaces, and overall mass savings.

  5. Design study of wind turbines, 50 kW to 3000 kW for electric utility applications: Executive summary

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1977-01-01

    Preliminary designs of low power (50 to 500 kW) and high power (500 to 3000 kW) wind generator systems (WGS) for electric utility applications were developed. These designs provide the bases for detail design, fabrication, and experimental demonstration testing of these units at selected utility sites. Several feasible WGS configurations were evaluated, and the concept offering the lowest energy cost potential and minimum technical risk for utility applications was selected. The selected concept was optimized utilizing a parametric computer program prepared for this purpose. The utility requirements evaluation task examined the economic, operational and institutional factors affecting the WGS in a utility environment, and provided additional guidance for the preliminary design effort. Results of the conceptual design task indicated that a rotor operating at constant speed, driving an AC generator through a gear transmission is the most cost effective WGS configuration.

  6. Impacts of Commercial Electric Utility Rate Structure Elements on the Economics of Photovoltaic Systems

    SciTech Connect

    Ong, S.; Denholm, P.; Doris, E.

    2010-06-01

    This analysis uses simulated building data, simulated solar photovoltaic (PV) data, and actual electric utility tariff data from 25 cities to understand better the impacts of different commercial rate structures on the value of solar PV systems. By analyzing and comparing 55 unique rate structures across the United States, this study seeks to identify the rate components that have the greatest effect on the value of PV systems. Understanding the beneficial components of utility tariffs can both assist decision makers in choosing appropriate rate structures and influence the development of rates that favor the deployment of PV systems. Results from this analysis show that a PV system's value decreases with increasing demand charges. Findings also indicate that time-of-use rate structures with peaks coincident with PV production and wide ranges between on- and off-peak prices most benefit the types of buildings and PV systems simulated. By analyzing a broad set of rate structures from across the United States, this analysis provides an insight into the range of impacts that current U.S. rate structures have on PV systems.

  7. Labor supply of engineers and scientists for nuclear electric utilities, 1987-1992

    SciTech Connect

    Blair, L.M.

    1988-01-01

    An assessment of the adequacy of the supply of health physicists, nuclear engineers, and other engineers for the nuclear electric utility industry is based on job openings for scientists and engineers in broader nuclear-power-related fields, which include engineering and design, manufacturing, fabrication, supporting services, and government. In assessing the likely adequacy of labor supplies for commercial nuclear power job openings over the next 5 yr, consideration has been given to competing sources of labor demands, including nuclear energy research and development activities, nuclear defense, and the total US economy, and to the likely supply of new graduates. In particular, over the last 3 yr, the number of degrees awarded and enrollments in nuclear engineering programs have declined 12 and 14%, respectively, and in health physics programs, 5 and 14%, respectively. For health physics and nuclear engineers, tight labor market conditions (i.e. labor supplies and demand balanced at relatively high salaries) are expected over the next 5 yr because of declining enrollments and slowly growing employment levels plus job replacement needs. The commercial nuclear power field is expected to face tight labor markets for electrical and materials engineers because of strong competing demands in the economy. Other engineering occupations are likely to have adequate supplies for the nuclear power field but at salaries that continue to be relatively higher than salaries for other professional occupations.

  8. Hot dry rock geothermal energy for U.S. electric utilities. Draft final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-06-01

    In order to bring an electric utility component into the study of hot dry rock geothermal energy called for in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct), EPRI organized a one-day conference in Philadelphia on January 14,1993. The conference was planned as the first day of a two-day sequence, by coordinating with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These two federal agencies were charged under EPAct with the development of a report on the potential for hot dry rock geothermal energy production in the US, especially the eastern US. The USGS was given lead responsibility for a report to be done in association with DOE. The EPRI conference emphasized first the status of technology development and testing in the U.S. and abroad, i.e., in western Europe, Russia and Japan. The conference went on to address the extent of knowledge regarding the resource base in the US, especially in the eastern half of the country, and then to address some practical business aspects of organizing projects or industries that could bring these resources into use, either for thermal applications or for electric power generation.

  9. NRC review of Electric Power Research Institute's Advanced Light Reactor Utility Requirements Document - Program summary, Project No. 669

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-08-01

    The staff of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has prepared Volume 1 of a safety evaluation report (SER), NRC Review of Electric Power Research Institute's Advanced Light Water Reactor Utility Requirements Document -- Program Summary,'' to document the results of its review of the Electric Power Research Institute's Advanced Light Water Reactor Utility Requirements Document.'' This SER provides a discussion of the overall purpose and scope of the Requirements Document, the background of the staff's review, the review approach used by the staff, and a summary of the policy and technical issues raised by the staff during its review.

  10. Comparison of photovoltaics with solar thermal trough electric systems as a central station utility resource in the 1990s

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Daniel S. Shugar; James M. Eyer; George A. Hay; Jeremy Newberger; David Kearney

    1991-01-01

    The approach and results of work to compare solar thermal parabolic trough systems and photovoltaic systems as utility electric generation resources in the mid-to-late-1990s are discussed. Assumptions, methodology, designs, performance simulation, value analysis, cost estimates, and economic feasibility analysis are presented. Results, based on standard utility financial criteria and avoided costs, show that central station solar power generation is not

  11. Utility Demand Side Management- DSM Lessons: Experience is the Toughest Teacher

    E-print Network

    Gilbert, S. M.

    management forerunners is rich in learning experiences that were both painful and rewarding. Based on A&C Enercom's (A&CE's) 13 years of experience assisting utilities, state energy offices, the Department of Defense and the federal government in reaching...

  12. Provisioning-Based Resource Management for Effective Workflow Scheduling on Utility Grids

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Vahid Khajevand; Hossein Pedram; Mostafa Zandieh

    2012-01-01

    An effective workflow application scheduling on shared resources largely contributes to achieving a high performance in Utility Grids. Users share resources and these resources are autonomously managed in these environments. There is no explicit control on allocating resources to application-tasks on the part of users, the fact that results make users fail in optimizing the application make span and allocation

  13. Asthma pharmacotherapy and utilization by children in 3 managed care organizations

    Microsoft Academic Search

    James G. Donahue; Anne L. Fuhlbrigge; Jonathan A. Finkelstein; Joanne Fagan; James M. Livingston; Paula Lozano; Richard Platt; Scott T. Weiss; Kevin B. Weiss

    2000-01-01

    Background: Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children and the most frequent cause of hospitalization. Appropriate pharmacotherapy is a cornerstone of published national guidelines for the care of children with asthma. Objective: The goal was to compare the baseline pharmacotherapy and health care utilization from 1996 to 1997 in children with asthma at managed care organizations (MCOs). Methods:

  14. Effective Utilization and Reconfiguration of Distributed Hardware Resources Using Job Management Systems

    E-print Network

    Gaj, Krzysztof

    capable of discovering underutilized computing nodes with FPGA-based accelerator boards in a networked was developed, and the exact techniques of extending LSF, CODINE, and PBS Pro to manage FPGA-based accelerator and three types of FPGA accelerator boards. The utilization of FPGA boards was demonstrated to reach up

  15. Management support services to the Office of Utility Technologies. Final technical report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-12-16

    The Office of Utility Technologies works cooperatively with industry and the utility sector to realize the market potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Under this contract, BNF has provided management support services for OUT R&D activities for the following Program offices: (1) Office of Energy Management; (2) Office of Solar Energy Conversion; (3) Office of Renewable Energy Conversion; and (4) Deputy Assistant Secretary. During the period between 4/17/91 and 9/17/93, BNF furnished the necessary personnel, equipment, materials, facilities and travel required to provide management support services for each of the above Program Offices. From 9/18/93 to 12/17/93, BNF has been involved in closeout activities, including final product deliverables. Research efforts that have been supported in these Program Offices are: (1) for Energy Management -- Advanced Utility Concepts Division; Utility Systems Division; Integrated Planning; (2) for Solar Energy Conversion -- Photovoltaics Division; Solar Thermal and Biomass Power Division; (3) for Renewable Energy Conversion -- Geothermal Division; Wind, Hydroelectric and Ocean Systems Division; (4) for the Deputy Assistant Secretary -- support as required by the Supporting Staff. This final report contains summaries of the work accomplished for each of the Program Offices listed above.

  16. Supercapacitors for the energy management of electric vehicles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Faggioli, Eugenio; Rena, Piergeorgio; Danel, Veronique; Andrieu, X.; Mallant, Ronald; Kahlen, Hans

    The integration of the on-board energy source of an electrically propelled vehicle with a supercapacitor bank (SB) as a peak power unit, can lead to substantial benefits in terms of electric vehicle performances, battery life and energy economy. Different architectures may be envisaged, to be chosen according to technical-economical trade-off. A research activity, supported by the European Community in the frame of the Joule III program and titled `Development of Supercapacitors for Electric Vehicles' (contract JOE3-CT95-0001), has been in progress since the beginning of 1996. The partners involved are SAFT (project leader), Alcatel Alsthom Research (France), Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy), University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), Danionics (DK) and ECN (Netherlands). Its objective is to develop a SB and its electronic control and to integrate them in two different full-scale traction systems, supplied, respectively, by sealed lead traction batteries and by a fuel cell system. Through the bench tests, it will be possible to evaluate the impact of the SB on both traction systems. In this paper, a project overview will be given; the power management strategy principles, the supercapacitor's control electronic devices, the system's architecture and the supercapacitor's requirements on the base of the simulation results, will be examined.

  17. 77 FR 16494 - Revised Public Utility Filing Requirements for Electric Quarterly Reports

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    2012-03-21

    ...for greater transparency in wholesale electricity markets through a greater understanding...will bolster transparency in wholesale electricity markets by facilitating a greater...counterparties in which party A sells an electricity product to party B at one location...

  18. Utility restructuring: Boon or bane for renewables?

    SciTech Connect

    Hochanadel, J.R.; Aitken, D.W.

    1996-11-01

    This article describes the challenges and opportunities for the renewables industry as electric utility restructuring begins. Topics include the following: the changes in the electric power industry and what lead to restructuring; the uncertain future and the issues involved (demand side management, energy efficiency programs, low income assistance, research in the public interest, commercialization of renewables); position of the ASES on utility restructuring.

  19. Solar heating and cooling of buildings (SHACOB) requirements definition and impact analysis. Final report, June 1978. [Impact on electric utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. K. Cretcher; W. C. Melton

    1978-01-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the economic impact of various SHACOB design concepts on the electric utilities and their customers and to define system requirements for optimizing this impact. Weather and insolation inputs for simulations were established for locations across the United States. Reference buildings and their thermal properties were defined according to ASHRAE 90-75 standards, and

  20. PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES OF PERFORMANCE AND COST OF MERCURY CONTROL TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS ON ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS: JOURNAL ARTICLE

    EPA Science Inventory

    NRMRL-RTP-P- 574 Srivastava*, R.K., Sedman*, C.B., Kilgroe*, J.D., Smith D., and Renninger, S. Preliminary Estimates of Performance and Cost of Mercury Control Technology Applications on Electric Utility Boilers. 01/24/2001 Under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the Envir...

  1. Coincident Sound Level Surveys and Dosimeter Studies to Determine Noise Exposure of Electric Utility Power Plant Employees

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. E. Hickman; J. L. Burson; E. P. Thompson

    1979-01-01

    This paper presents the results obtained from personal noise dosimeter and sound level studies performed at a number of electric utility plants. Noise exposure monitoring requirements proposed by OSHA are reviewed. To familiarize the reader with equipment found in power plants, plant operations and job classifications, a discussion of these topics is included.

  2. Preliminary estimates of performance and cost of mercury emission control technology applications on electric utility boilers: An update

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. K. Srivastava; James E. Staudt; Wojciech Jozewicz

    2005-01-01

    The Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a reduction in mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. There are two broad approaches under development to controlling mercury emissions from coal-fired electric utility boilers. (1) powdered activated carbon (PAC) injection; and (2) multipollutant control, in which Hg capture is enhanced in existing and new sulfur dioxide (SOâ), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate

  3. Controllable and affordable utility-scale electricity from intermittent wind resources and compressed air energy storage (CAES)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alfred Cavallo

    2007-01-01

    World wind energy resources are substantial, and in many areas, such as the US and northern Europe, could in theory supply all of the electricity demand. However, the remote or challenging location (i.e. offshore) and especially the intermittent character of the wind resources present formidable barriers to utilization on the scale required by a modern industrial economy. All of these

  4. Conceptual design of thermal energy storage systems for near term electric utility applications. Volume 1: Screening of concepts

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hausz, W.; Berkowitz, B. J.; Hare, R. C.

    1978-01-01

    Over forty thermal energy storage (TES) concepts gathered from the literature and personal contacts were studied for their suitability for the electric utility application of storing energy off-peak discharge during peak hours. Twelve selections were derived from the concepts for screening; they used as storage media high temperature water (HTW), hot oil, molten salts, and packed beds of solids such as rock. HTW required pressure containment by prestressed cast-iron or concrete vessels, or lined underground cavities. Both steam generation from storage and feedwater heating from storage were studied. Four choices were made for further study during the project. Economic comparison by electric utility standard cost practices, and near-term availability (low technical risk) were principal criteria but suitability for utility use, conservation potential, and environmental hazards were considered.

  5. Health care utilization and hypertension management in community-based elderly Korean immigrants.

    PubMed

    Sin, Mo-Kyung; Hirsch, Anne

    2013-12-01

    Despite the nation-wide efforts to improve the health status of minority immigrants, studies documenting the outcomes of these efforts are lacking. The purpose of this study is to examine health care utilization and hypertension management in community-based elderly Korean immigrants to the US In this descriptive study, 70 elderly Korean immigrants were recruited from a Korean senior center and church. Health care utilization was assessed with a self-report questionnaire and hypertension management was ascertained through the objective measurement of blood pressure and a self-report questionnaire. Result indicated that 87 % of elderly Korean immigrants received regular health check-ups. Although their hypertension was not managed effectively, all participants with a diagnosis of hypertension were aware of it and were taking blood pressure medications. This study provides an overview of health care utilization and hypertension management in elderly Korean immigrants as well as ideas on ways to reach out to minority older adults for further health promoting interventions. PMID:23054538

  6. A new look at lightning protection for the electric utility industry

    SciTech Connect

    Carpenter, R.B. Jr.; Van Gulik, J. [Lightning Eliminators and Consultants, Inc., Boulder, CO (United States)

    1996-11-01

    The design of lightning protection systems for transmission and distribution lines, substations and for power plants has experienced very little change, and consequently very few improvements have been made over the past 50 years. The tools used for protection against lightning have been limited to such products and techniques as: Arrestors, Physical Spacing, Guard Wires (Static Lines or Ground Wires), Relay/Circuit Breaker Activity, Conventional Grounding Components, and Increased Basic Insulation Levels. Lightning Eliminators and Consultants (LEC) was formed by Mr. Roy Carpenter in order to provide a complete systems-engineered approach to lightning protection. Mr. Carpenter, a former Chief Engineer in the manned space program, investigated the problems caused by lightning and the various protection systems available. His research concluded that the predominant lightning protection option was to install air terminals (lightning rods), which was unsatisfactory. With further research and investigation Mr. Carpenter developed a lightning protection system known as the Dissipation Array System or DAS. This protection concept has been applied to transmission and distribution lines, substation, and power plant lightning protection systems. LEC has also developed products and protection systems for power and data line applications. The subject of this paper is the experience in providing lightning protection systems for the Electrical Utility Industry.

  7. The state of energy storage in electric utility systems and its effect on renewable energy resources

    SciTech Connect

    Rau, N.S.

    1994-08-01

    This report describes the state of the art of electric energy storage technologies and discusses how adding intermittent renewable energy technologies (IRETs) to a utility network affects the benefits from storage dispatch. Load leveling was the mode of storage dispatch examined in the study. However, the report recommended that other modes be examined in the future for kilowatt and kilowatt-hour optimization of storage. The motivation to install storage with IRET generation can arise from two considerations: reliability and enhancement of the value of energy. Because adding storage increases cost, reliability-related storage is attractive only if the accruing benefits exceed the cost of storage installation. The study revealed that the operation of storage should not be guided by the output of the IRET but rather by system marginal costs. Consequently, in planning studies to quantify benefits, storage should not be considered as an entity belonging to the system and not as a component of IRETS. The study also indicted that because the infusion of IRET energy tends to reduce system marginal cost, the benefits from load leveling (value of energy) would be reduced. However, if a system has storage, particularly if the storage is underutilized, its dispatch can be reoriented to enhance the benefits of IRET integration.

  8. Three staged combustion for electric utility boiler NO{sub x} control in year 2003

    SciTech Connect

    Ashworth, R.A.; Murrell, F.J.

    1999-07-01

    The US EPA Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for 22 states and the District of Columbia will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions during the May through September ozone season below that currently required under the Clean Air Act Amendments(CAAA) of 1990. New technologies will be needed for coal-fired boilers to meet this new limit ({le}0.15 lb NO{sub x}/10{sup 6} Btu) to be imposed in the Year 2003. Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) is the only commercially available technology that can meet such a low NO{sub x} emission limit. A three-stage combustion technique being developed by ClearStack Combustion Corporation, that uses the CAIRE{trademark} (acronym for Controlled AIR Emissions) combustor technology, in combination with overfire air (OFA); can also meet this new NO{sub x} limit. A unique three-stage technique offers the electric utility industry a low cost alternative to SCR. Besides, reducing NO{sub x} emissions, the CAIRE unit will also reduce sulfur dioxide and particulate emissions when applied to wall and tangentially fired boilers. A low cost three-stage technique may also be applied to cyclone-fired units. Here, the cyclone barrels will be used as the first stage of combustion rather than the CAIRE combustor. In this cyclone application only NO{sub x} emissions will be reduced.

  9. Intensive management of high-utilizing adults with sickle cell disease lowers admissions.

    PubMed

    Koch, Kathryn L; Karafin, Matthew S; Simpson, Pippa; Field, Joshua J

    2015-03-01

    A minority of super-utilizing adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) account for a disproportionate number of emergency department (ED) and hospital admissions. We performed a retrospective cohort study comparing the rate of admission before and after the opening of a clinic for adults with SCD. Unique to this clinic was an intensive management strategy, focusing on super-utilizing adults with 12 or more admissions per year. ED/hospital and 30 days re-admission rates were compared, 1 year pre- and post-intervention, for those adults who established in the clinic. Prior to the intervention, 17 super-utilizers, comprising 15% of the pre-intervention cohort (n?=?115), accounted for 58% of the total admissions and had an admission rate of 28 per patient-year. When pre- and post-intervention years were compared, rate of ED/hospital admission per patient-year for super-utilizers decreased from 27.9 to 13.5 (P?utilizers (13.5 per patient-year to 1.8, P?utilizers, the reduced rate of admission from the pre- to post-clinic intervention year equated to 252 fewer ED/hospital admissions and 227 fewer 30 day re-admissions. This management strategy focusing on super-utilizing adults with SCD lowered admission and 30 day re-admission rate. PMID:25469750

  10. Administrative Office Managers' Utilization of Participative Management in Supervising Office Employees.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Quible, Zane K.

    An analysis was undertaken of the self-perceived role of administrative office managers in participative management. The primary purpose of the study was to enable office educators to develop relevant instructional programs based on current practices found in the business world. Data were compiled from 132 usable questionnaire responses returned…

  11. Herbicide-resistant crops: utilities and limitations for herbicide-resistant weed management.

    PubMed

    Green, Jerry M; Owen, Micheal D K

    2011-06-01

    Since 1996, genetically modified herbicide-resistant (HR) crops, particularly glyphosate-resistant (GR) crops, have transformed the tactics that corn, soybean, and cotton growers use to manage weeds. The use of GR crops continues to grow, but weeds are adapting to the common practice of using only glyphosate to control weeds. Growers using only a single mode of action to manage weeds need to change to a more diverse array of herbicidal, mechanical, and cultural practices to maintain the effectiveness of glyphosate. Unfortunately, the introduction of GR crops and the high initial efficacy of glyphosate often lead to a decline in the use of other herbicide options and less investment by industry to discover new herbicide active ingredients. With some exceptions, most growers can still manage their weed problems with currently available selective and HR crop-enabled herbicides. However, current crop management systems are in jeopardy given the pace at which weed populations are evolving glyphosate resistance. New HR crop technologies will expand the utility of currently available herbicides and enable new interim solutions for growers to manage HR weeds, but will not replace the long-term need to diversify weed management tactics and discover herbicides with new modes of action. This paper reviews the strengths and weaknesses of anticipated weed management options and the best management practices that growers need to implement in HR crops to maximize the long-term benefits of current technologies and reduce weed shifts to difficult-to-control and HR weeds. PMID:20586458

  12. The demand-side management program development process: A utility perspective

    SciTech Connect

    Wolfe, A.K. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Yourstone, N.E. [Yourstone (Evelin), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1992-03-01

    This report describes an aspect of DSM that has received little attention, namely, how utilities develop DSM programs. The selection of utilities to study purposely was biased in favor of those with reputations for being experienced DSM program developers so as to optimize the chances to obtain detailed information. The DSM planning process is affected by organizational factors and external influences: (1) the location of the demand-side planning department within the utility; (2) the demand-side planning group`s functional responsibilities; (3) upper management participation in the DSM program development process; and (4) the organizational relationship between (or, separation of) supply-side and demand-side planning. Organizational factors reflect utilities` views of DSM programs and thus can affect the adoption of a technology- or customer-oriented approach. Despite repeated claims of the uniqueness of the demand- side planning process and its resistance to standardization, two general approaches to program development were discerned, namely technology- or customer-orientation. Although utilities consider customer related and technological factors in their DSM program development process, utilities can be differentiated by their emphasis on one or the other approach. 25 refs.

  13. The demand-side management program development process: A utility perspective

    SciTech Connect

    Wolfe, A.K. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Yourstone, N.E. (Yourstone (Evelin), Albuquerque, NM (United States))

    1992-03-01

    This report describes an aspect of DSM that has received little attention, namely, how utilities develop DSM programs. The selection of utilities to study purposely was biased in favor of those with reputations for being experienced DSM program developers so as to optimize the chances to obtain detailed information. The DSM planning process is affected by organizational factors and external influences: (1) the location of the demand-side planning department within the utility; (2) the demand-side planning group's functional responsibilities; (3) upper management participation in the DSM program development process; and (4) the organizational relationship between (or, separation of) supply-side and demand-side planning. Organizational factors reflect utilities' views of DSM programs and thus can affect the adoption of a technology- or customer-oriented approach. Despite repeated claims of the uniqueness of the demand- side planning process and its resistance to standardization, two general approaches to program development were discerned, namely technology- or customer-orientation. Although utilities consider customer related and technological factors in their DSM program development process, utilities can be differentiated by their emphasis on one or the other approach. 25 refs.

  14. 77 FR 30517 - Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2012-05-23

    ...flexible risk management process tuned...diverse missions, equipment, and business...flexible risk management process tuned...diverse missions, equipment, and business...Cybersecurity Risk Management Process...

  15. 77 FR 13585 - Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process Guideline

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2012-03-07

    ...flexible risk management process tuned...diverse missions, equipment, and business...flexible risk management process tuned...diverse missions, equipment, and business...Cybersecurity Risk Management Process...

  16. Electricity

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Brieske, Joel A.

    This Topic In Depth explores some of what the Web has to offer on the subject of electricity.The first site from Thinkquest.org called Electricity Online (1) gives an excellent overview, with topics ranging from circuits and transformers to electricity's discovery and history. The site even contains games, activities, and quizzes. The second site, Edison's Miracle of Light (2) from PBS.org, is a companion site to a PBS special of the same name. The site explores the life and accomplishments of one of the 19th century's greatest inventors, offering a timeline, recordings, and more. From Clark Public Utilities of Clark County Washington, the next site is called Electricity (3). This Web site offers information from a public utilities perspective, with subjects like electrical safety, how electricity gets to your home, what it costs to run appliances, and so on. Next, from the US Department of Energy, is a site that offers an Overview of the Electric Power Industry (4). Here, visitors can find information, data, publications, statistics, and more relating to electric power in the US. The fifth site from ExploreScience.com is called Multimedia Activities (5) and contains just that. Geared towards students, the four interactive lessons include an introduction to electricity and magnetism, an introduction to plasma, coulomb force, and lissajous figures. The next site, provided by the BBC, is another interactive learning site, called Activity Electricity (6). Users click through a lesson about circuits and current, answering questions along the way. The site also contains a fact sheet and quiz. From NASA, the Dataset Information site (7) contains data archived and cataloged by the Global Hydrology Resource Center relating to lighting. Several datasets from varying sources are available for free and include such things as Long Range Cloud to Ground Data. The last site is offered by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and is called Background Information for Electricity (8). This Web site for kids offers simple descriptions and illustrations about electricity, who discovered it, conductors and insulators, fuses, and more. The electricity workshop link also contains lesson plans and additional student activities.

  17. The effects of Title IV of the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 on electric utilities: An update

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1997-03-01

    This report presents data and analyses related to Phase I implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendment by electric utilities. It describes the strategies used to comply with the Acid Rain Program in 1995, the effect of compliance on sulfur dioxide emissions levels, the cost of compliance, and the effects of the program on coal supply and demand. The first year of Phase I demonstrated that the market-based sulfur dioxide emissions control system could achieve significant reductions in emissions at lower than expected costs. Some utilities reduced aggregate emissions below legal requirements due to economic incentives; other utilities purchased additional allowances to avoid noncompliance. More than half of the utilities switched to or blended with lower sulfur coal, due to price reductions in the coal market which were partially due to the allowance trading program. 21 figs., 20 tabs.

  18. Integrating market processes into utility resource planning

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Edward P. Kahn

    1992-01-01

    Integrated resource planning has resulted in an abundance of alternatives for meeting existing and new demand for electricity services: (1) utility demand-side management (DSM) programs, (2) DSM bidding, (3) competitive bidding for private power supplies, (4) utility re-powering, and (5) new utility construction. Each alternative relies on a different degree of planning for implementation and, therefore, each alternative relies on

  19. Evaluation of wholesale electric power market rules and financial risk management by agent-based simulations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yu, Nanpeng

    As U.S. regional electricity markets continue to refine their market structures, designs and rules of operation in various ways, two critical issues are emerging. First, although much experience has been gained and costly and valuable lessons have been learned, there is still a lack of a systematic platform for evaluation of the impact of a new market design from both engineering and economic points of view. Second, the transition from a monopoly paradigm characterized by a guaranteed rate of return to a competitive market created various unfamiliar financial risks for various market participants, especially for the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs). This dissertation uses agent-based simulation methods to tackle the market rules evaluation and financial risk management problems. The California energy crisis in 2000-01 showed what could happen to an electricity market if it did not go through a comprehensive and rigorous testing before its implementation. Due to the complexity of the market structure, strategic interaction between the participants, and the underlying physics, it is difficult to fully evaluate the implications of potential changes to market rules. This dissertation presents a flexible and integrative method to assess market designs through agent-based simulations. Realistic simulation scenarios on a 225-bus system are constructed for evaluation of the proposed PJM-like market power mitigation rules of the California electricity market. Simulation results show that in the absence of market power mitigation, generation company (GenCo) agents facilitated by Q-learning are able to exploit the market flaws and make significantly higher profits relative to the competitive benchmark. The incorporation of PJM-like local market power mitigation rules is shown to be effective in suppressing the exercise of market power. The importance of financial risk management is exemplified by the recent financial crisis. In this dissertation, basic financial risk management concepts relevant for wholesale electric power markets are carefully explained and illustrated. In addition, the financial risk management problem in wholesale electric power markets is generalized as a four-stage process. Within the proposed financial risk management framework, the critical problem of financial bilateral contract negotiation is addressed. This dissertation analyzes a financial bilateral contract negotiation process between a generating company and a load-serving entity in a wholesale electric power market with congestion managed by locational marginal pricing. Nash bargaining theory is used to model a Pareto-efficient settlement point. The model predicts negotiation results under varied conditions and identifies circumstances in which the two parties might fail to reach an agreement. Both analysis and agent-based simulation are used to gain insight regarding how relative risk aversion and biased price estimates influence negotiated outcomes. These results should provide useful guidance to market participants in their bilateral contract negotiation processes.

  20. TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF MODERN MONITORING TECHNOLOGY, IMPROVING MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL MANAGEMENT IN MINE CONTINUOUSLY

    Microsoft Academic Search

    WANG Cai-hong; FU Sheng; ZHU Hong

    Monitoring system is applied to mechanical and electrical equipments in coal mine, which is not only an excellent opportunity but also a challenge for the mechanical and electrical management in mine. Application of monitoring technology is reviewed in coal mine equipment management, and application foreground of monitoring technology is prospected in the field. Monitoring system can not only monitor the

  1. Integrated employee assistance program\\/managed behavioral health plan utilization by persons with substance use disorders

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Elizabeth S. Levy Merrick; Dominic Hodgkin; Deirdre Hiatt; Constance M. Horgan; Shelly F. Greenfield; Bernard McCann

    2011-01-01

    New federal parity and health reform legislation, promising increased behavioral health care access and a focus on prevention, has heightened interest in employee assistance programs (EAPs). This study investigated service utilization by persons with a primary substance use disorder (SUD) diagnosis in a managed behavioral health care (MBHC) organization's integrated EAP\\/MBHC product (N = 1,158). In 2004, 25.0% of clients

  2. Energy and water quality management systems for water utility's operations: a review.

    PubMed

    Cherchi, Carla; Badruzzaman, Mohammad; Oppenheimer, Joan; Bros, Christopher M; Jacangelo, Joseph G

    2015-04-15

    Holistic management of water and energy resources is critical for water utilities facing increasing energy prices, water supply shortage and stringent regulatory requirements. In the early 1990s, the concept of an integrated Energy and Water Quality Management System (EWQMS) was developed as an operational optimization framework for solving water quality, water supply and energy management problems simultaneously. Approximately twenty water utilities have implemented an EWQMS by interfacing commercial or in-house software optimization programs with existing control systems. For utilities with an installed EWQMS, operating cost savings of 8-15% have been reported due to higher use of cheaper tariff periods and better operating efficiencies, resulting in the reduction in energy consumption of ?6-9%. This review provides the current state-of-knowledge on EWQMS typical structural features and operational strategies and benefits and drawbacks are analyzed. The review also highlights the challenges encountered during installation and implementation of EWQMS and identifies the knowledge gaps that should motivate new research efforts. PMID:25688476

  3. Topology, design, analysis and thermal management of power electronics for hybrid electric vehicle

    E-print Network

    Mi, Chunting "Chris"

    Topology, design, analysis and thermal management of power electronics for hybrid electric vehicle an important role in the success of electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Typical power electronics circuits in hybrid vehicles include electric motor drive circuits and DC/DC converter circuits. Conventional circuit

  4. Exposure to electromagnetic fields and suicide among electric utility workers: a nested case-control study

    PubMed Central

    van Wijngaarden, E.; Savitz, D.; Kleckner, R.; Cai, J.; Loomis, D.

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—This nested case-control study examines mortality from suicide in relation to estimated exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in a cohort of 138 905 male electric utility workers.?METHODS—Case-control sampling included 536 deaths from suicide and 5348 eligible controls. Exposure was classified based on work in the most common jobs with increased exposure to magnetic fields and indices of cumulative exposure to magnetic fields based on a measurement survey.?RESULTS—Suicide mortality was increased relative to work in exposed jobs and with indices of exposure to magnetic fields. Increased odds ratios (ORs) were found for years of employment as an electrician (OR 2.18; 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.25 to 3.80) or lineman (OR 1.59; 95% CI 1.18 to 2.14), whereas a decreased OR was found for power plant operators (OR 0.67; 95% CI 0.33 to 1.40). A dose response gradient with exposure to magnetic fields was found for exposure in the previous year, with a mortality OR of 1.70 (95% CI 1.00 to 2.90) in the highest exposure category. Stronger associations, with ORs in the range of 2.12-3.62, were found for men <50 years of age.?CONCLUSION—These data provide evidence for an association between occupational electromagnetic fields and suicide that warrants further evaluation. A plausible mechanism related to melatonin and depression provides a direction for additional laboratory research as well as epidemiological evaluation.???Keywords: electromagnetic fields; suicide; nested case-control PMID:10810112

  5. Cost-effective applications of photovoltaics for electric utilities: An overview

    SciTech Connect

    Bigger, J.E. [Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States)

    1993-12-31

    Cost targets for the large-scale entry of photovoltaic (PV) systems keep moving, subject to the vagaries of global oil prices and the economic health of the world. Over the last four decades since a practical PV device was announced, costs have come down by a factor of 20 or more and this downward trend is expected to continue, albeit at a slower pace. Simultaneously, conversion efficiencies have nearly tripled. There are many applications today for which PV is cost-effective. In recognition of this, utility interest in PV is increasing and this is manifested by projects such as PVUSA and Central and South West`s renewable resource development effort. While no major technical barriers for the entry of PV systems have been uncovered, several key issues such as power quality, system reliability, ramp rates, spinning reserve requirements, and misoperation of protection schemes will have to be dealt with as the penetration of this technology increases. PV is still in the evolutionary phase and is expected to grow for several decades to come. Fueled by environmental considerations, interest in PV is showing a healthy rise both in the minds of the public and in the planning realms of the electric power community. In recognition of this, the Energy Development Subcommittee of the IEEE Energy Development and Power Generation Committee organized a Panel Session on photovoltaics applications at the 1993 International Joint Power Generation Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. Summaries of the four presentations are assembled here for the benefit of the readers of this Review.

  6. WRI 50: Strategies for Cooling Electric Generating Facilities Utilizing Mine Water

    SciTech Connect

    Joseph J. Donovan; Brenden Duffy; Bruce R. Leavitt; James Stiles; Tamara Vandivort; Paul Ziemkiewicz

    2004-11-01

    Power generation and water consumption are inextricably linked. Because of this relationship DOE/NETL has funded a competitive research and development initiative to address this relationship. This report is part of that initiative and is in response to DOE/NETL solicitation DE-PS26-03NT41719-0. Thermal electric power generation requires large volumes of water to cool spent steam at the end of the turbine cycle. The required volumes are such that new plant siting is increasingly dependent on the availability of cooling circuit water. Even in the eastern U.S., large rivers such as the Monongahela may no longer be able to support additional, large power stations due to subscription of flow to existing plants, industrial, municipal and navigational requirements. Earlier studies conducted by West Virginia University (WV 132, WV 173 phase I, WV 173 Phase II, WV 173 Phase III, and WV 173 Phase IV in review) have identified that a large potential water resource resides in flooded, abandoned coal mines in the Pittsburgh Coal Basin, and likely elsewhere in the region and nation. This study evaluates the technical and economic potential of the Pittsburgh Coal Basin water source to supply new power plants with cooling water. Two approaches for supplying new power plants were evaluated. Type A employs mine water in conventional, evaporative cooling towers. Type B utilizes earth-coupled cooling with flooded underground mines as the principal heat sink for the power plant reject heat load. Existing mine discharges in the Pittsburgh Coal Basin were evaluated for flow and water quality. Based on this analysis, eight sites were identified where mine water could supply cooling water to a power plant. Three of these sites were employed for pre-engineering design and cost analysis of a Type A water supply system, including mine water collection, treatment, and delivery. This method was also applied to a ''base case'' river-source power plant, for comparison. Mine-water system cost estimates were then compared to the base-case river source estimate. We found that the use of net-alkaline mine water would under current economic conditions be competitive with a river-source in a comparable-size water cooling system. On the other hand, utilization of net acidic water would be higher in operating cost than the river system by 12 percent. This does not account for any environmental benefits that would accrue due to the treatment of acid mine drainage, in many locations an existing public liability. We also found it likely that widespread adoption of mine-water utilization for power plant cooling will require resolution of potential liability and mine-water ownership issues. In summary, Type A mine-water utilization for power plant cooling is considered a strong option for meeting water needs of new plant in selected areas. Analysis of the thermal and water handling requirements for a 600 megawatt power plant indicated that Type B earth coupled cooling would not be feasible for a power plant of this size. It was determined that Type B cooling would be possible, under the right conditions, for power plants of 200 megawatts or less. Based on this finding the feasibility of a 200 megawatt facility was evaluated. A series of mines were identified where a Type B earth-coupled 200 megawatt power plant cooling system might be feasible. Two water handling scenarios were designed to distribute heated power-plant water throughout the mines. Costs were developed for two different pumping scenarios employing a once-through power-plant cooling circuit. Thermal and groundwater flow simulation models were used to simulate the effect of hot water injection into the mine under both pumping strategies and to calculate the return-water temperature over the design life of a plant. Based on these models, staged increases in required mine-water pumping rates are projected to be part of the design, due to gradual heating and loss of heat-sink efficiency of the rock sequence above the mines. Utilizing pumping strategy No.1 (two mines) capital costs were 25 percent lower a

  7. Development of a fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and vehicle simulator for energy management assessment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meintz, Andrew Lee

    This dissertation offers a description of the development of a fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle focusing on the propulsion architecture selection, propulsion system control, and high-level energy management. Two energy management techniques have been developed and implemented for real-time control of the vehicle. The first method is a heuristic method that relies on a short-term moving average of the vehicle power requirements. The second method utilizes an affine function of the short-term and long-term moving average vehicle power requirements. The development process of these methods has required the creation of a vehicle simulator capable of estimating the effect of changes to the energy management control techniques on the overall vehicle energy efficiency. Furthermore, the simulator has allowed for the refinement of the energy management methods and for the stability of the method to be analyzed prior to on-road testing. This simulator has been verified through on-road testing of a constructed prototype vehicle under both highway and city driving schedules for each energy management method. The results of the finalized vehicle control strategies are compared with the simulator predictions and an assessment of the effectiveness of both strategies is discussed. The methods have been evaluated for energy consumption in the form of both hydrogen fuel and stored electricity from grid charging.

  8. Inventory of Electric Utility Power Plants in the United States 1999 With Data as of January 1, 1999

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    1999-01-01

    According to this 357-page document from the Energy Information Administration, "the existing capacity of U.S. electric utilities totaled 686,692 megawatts (Table 1), a net change of -25,197 megawatts (-3.5 percent) from the total reported as of January 1, 1998." Forty-four percent of the United States's existing capacity was coal-fired, gas-fired capacity represented eighteen percent, while nuclear capacity accounted for fourteen percent.

  9. Utilities cut spending to gain competitive edge

    SciTech Connect

    Warkentin, D.

    1997-01-01

    The desire to obtain and retain a favorable market position in the coming deregulated electric utility industry has prompted many utilities to stabilize and increase their cash flows through carefully managing capital expenditures. Investor-owned electric utilities (IOU) have realized a record cash flow due to new business strategies such as cost reduction to initiate growth, reduction in capital spending, and reduced interest expense that is tied with prior year refinancing.

  10. Methods for Analyzing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Photovoltaic Generation to the U.S. Electric Utility System

    SciTech Connect

    Denholm, P.; Margolis, R.; Palmintier, B.; Barrows, C.; Ibanez, E.; Bird, L.; Zuboy, J.

    2014-09-01

    This report outlines the methods, data, and tools that could be used at different levels of sophistication and effort to estimate the benefits and costs of DGPV. In so doing, we identify the gaps in current benefit-cost-analysis methods, which we hope will inform the ongoing research agenda in this area. The focus of this report is primarily on benefits and costs from the utility or electricity generation system perspective. It is intended to provide useful background information to utility and regulatory decision makers and their staff, who are often being asked to use or evaluate estimates of the benefits and cost of DGPV in regulatory proceedings. Understanding the technical rigor of the range of methods and how they might need to evolve as DGPV becomes a more significant contributor of energy to the electricity system will help them be better consumers of this type of information. This report is also intended to provide information to utilities, policy makers, PV technology developers, and other stakeholders, which might help them maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of integrating DGPV into a changing electricity system.

  11. Applying Management Methodology to Electric Vehicles with Multiple Energy Storage Systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    LEON ROSARIO; P. C. K. Luk

    2007-01-01

    Research in power and energy management of multiple energy systems within electric vehicle (EV) architectures has been undertaken exclusively with scientific methodologies, with varying focuses and degree of success. However, the narrowing vision of scientific quest means other bodies of knowledge like management and economics are being largely ignored in this intriguing multi-discipline of power and energy management. Whilst current

  12. Impact of battery sizing on stochastic optimal power management in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Scott J. Moura; Duncan S. Callaway; Hosam K. Fathy; Jeffrey L. Stein

    2008-01-01

    This paper examines the impact of battery sizing on the performance and efficiency of power management algorithms in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Existing studies examine this impact for power management algorithms derived using either rule-based or deterministic dynamic programming methods. This paper extends the above investigations to power management algorithms optimized using stochastic dynamic programming (SDP). The paper treats

  13. Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts management and control requirements for NASA space flight programs

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1989-01-01

    This document establishes electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts management and control requirements for contractors providing and maintaining space flight and mission-essential or critical ground support equipment for NASA space flight programs. Although the text is worded 'the contractor shall,' the requirements are also to be used by NASA Headquarters and field installations for developing program/project parts management and control requirements for in-house and contracted efforts. This document places increased emphasis on parts programs to ensure that reliability and quality are considered through adequate consideration of the selection, control, and application of parts. It is the intent of this document to identify disciplines that can be implemented to obtain reliable parts which meet mission needs. The parts management and control requirements described in this document are to be selectively applied, based on equipment class and mission needs. Individual equipment needs should be evaluated to determine the extent to which each requirement should be implemented on a procurement. Utilization of this document does not preclude the usage of other documents. The entire process of developing and implementing requirements is referred to as 'tailoring' the program for a specific project. Some factors that should be considered in this tailoring process include program phase, equipment category and criticality, equipment complexity, and mission requirements. Parts management and control requirements advocated by this document directly support the concept of 'reliability by design' and are an integral part of system reliability and maintainability. Achieving the required availability and mission success objectives during operation depends on the attention given reliability and maintainability in the design phase. Consequently, it is intended that the requirements described in this document are consistent with those of NASA publications, 'Reliability Program Requirements for Aeronautical and Space System Contractors,' NHB 5300.4(1A-l); 'Maintainability Program Requirements for Space Systems,' NHB 5300.4(1E); and 'Quality Program Provisions for Aeronautical and Space System Contractors,' NHB 5300.4(1B).

  14. Preliminary Evaluation of Load Management for Electricity End Users 

    E-print Network

    Collier, S. E.

    1984-01-01

    The planning, design and implementation of load management is complex and expensive. The results of a load management program are subject to numerous uncertainties related to load characteristics, power cost savings, load management costs...

  15. Preliminary Evaluation of Load Management for Electricity End Users

    E-print Network

    Collier, S. E.

    1984-01-01

    The planning, design and implementation of load management is complex and expensive. The results of a load management program are subject to numerous uncertainties related to load characteristics, power cost savings, load management costs...

  16. Wind system value analysis for electric utilities: A comparison of four methods

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Harper, J.; Percival, D.; Flaim, T.; Sullivan, R. L.

    1981-11-01

    The only known effort that used more than a single methodology for the value analysis of wind energy conversion systems (WECS) to a specific utility is discussed. The WECS utility value analysis methodologies of Aerospace Corp., JBF Scientific Corp., and the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) are discussed. Results of the application of these three methodologies were found for two large utilities. Break-even values (the amount a utility can pay for a wind turbine over its lifetime and still breakeven economically) were found to be from $1600 to $2400 per kW of wind capacity in 1980 dollars. The reasons for variation in the results are discussed.

  17. Improved Water and Energy Management Utilizing Seasonal to Interannual Hydroclimatic Forecasts

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Arumugam, S.; Lall, U.

    2014-12-01

    Seasonal to interannual climate forecasts provide valuable information for improving water and energy management. Given that the climatic attributes over these time periods are typically expressed as probabilistic information, we propose an adaptive water and energy management framework that uses probabilistic inflow forecasts to allocate water for uses with pre-specified reliabilities. To ensure that the system needs are not compromised due to forecast uncertainty, we propose uncertainty reduction using model combination and based on a probabilistic constraint in meeting the target storage. The talk will present findings from recent studies from various basins that include (a) role of multimodel combination in reducing the uncertainty in allocation (b) relevant system characteristics that improve the utility of forecasts, (c) significance of streamflow forecasts in promoting interbasin transfers and (d) scope for developing power demand forecasts utilizing temperature forecasts. Potential for developing seasonal nutrient forecasts using climate forecasts for supporting water quality trading will also be presented. Findings and synthesis from the panel discussion from the recently concluded AGU chapman conference on "Seaonal to Interannual Hydroclimatic Forecasts and Water Management" will also be summarized.

  18. Battery choice and management for new-generation electric vehicles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Antonio Affanni; Alberto Bellini; Giovanni Franceschini; Paolo Guglielmi; Carla Tassoni

    2005-01-01

    Different types of electric vehicles (EVs) have been recently designed with the aim of solving pollution problems caused by the emission of gasoline-powered engines. Environmental problems promote the adoption of new-generation electric vehicles for urban transportation. As it is well known, one of the weakest points of electric vehicles is the battery system. Vehicle autonomy and, therefore, accurate detection of

  19. Line Program Environmental Management Audit: Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-05-01

    This report documents the results of the Line Program Environmental Management Audit completed for the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). During this Audit, activities and records were reviewed and personnel interviewed at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Additionally, since FUSRAP falls under the responsibility of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, selected individuals from this office were interviewed in Washington, DC and Germantown, Maryland. The onsite portion of the FUSRAP Audit was conducted from March 16 through 27, 1992, by the US Department of Energy`s Office of Environmental Audit (EH-24) located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health (EH-1). The scope of the FUSRAP Line Program Environmental Management Audit was comprehensive and included all areas of environmental management with the exception of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Since the subject of compliance with and implementation of the requirements of NEPA is the responsibility of the DOE Headquarters Office of NEPA Oversight, management issues pertaining to NEPA were not investigated as part of this Audit.

  20. Line Program Environmental Management Audit: Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-05-01

    This report documents the results of the Line Program Environmental Management Audit completed for the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). During this Audit, activities and records were reviewed and personnel interviewed at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Additionally, since FUSRAP falls under the responsibility of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, selected individuals from this office were interviewed in Washington, DC and Germantown, Maryland. The onsite portion of the FUSRAP Audit was conducted from March 16 through 27, 1992, by the US Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Audit (EH-24) located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health (EH-1). The scope of the FUSRAP Line Program Environmental Management Audit was comprehensive and included all areas of environmental management with the exception of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Since the subject of compliance with and implementation of the requirements of NEPA is the responsibility of the DOE Headquarters Office of NEPA Oversight, management issues pertaining to NEPA were not investigated as part of this Audit.

  1. Flash memory management system and method utilizing multiple block list windows

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chow, James (Inventor); Gender, Thomas K. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    The present invention provides a flash memory management system and method with increased performance. The flash memory management system provides the ability to efficiently manage and allocate flash memory use in a way that improves reliability and longevity, while maintaining good performance levels. The flash memory management system includes a free block mechanism, a disk maintenance mechanism, and a bad block detection mechanism. The free block mechanism provides efficient sorting of free blocks to facilitate selecting low use blocks for writing. The disk maintenance mechanism provides for the ability to efficiently clean flash memory blocks during processor idle times. The bad block detection mechanism provides the ability to better detect when a block of flash memory is likely to go bad. The flash status mechanism stores information in fast access memory that describes the content and status of the data in the flash disk. The new bank detection mechanism provides the ability to automatically detect when new banks of flash memory are added to the system. Together, these mechanisms provide a flash memory management system that can improve the operational efficiency of systems that utilize flash memory.

  2. Determining the cost of uncertainty to electric utilities in serving highly varying loads

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. Siriariyaporn; D. J. Gotham; F. T. Sparrow

    2004-01-01

    In those cases where load fluctuations are small, a utility or independent system operator (ISO) may not incur significant costs in meeting these loads. In contrast, a utility confronted with large load variations due to industrial customers can experience significant costs in order to maintain system parameters. Therefore, highly varying load (HVL), containing uncertain components which are observable in short-term

  3. Adding concentrated solar power plants to wind farms to achieve a good utility electrical load match

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Texas has the greatest installed wind turbine capacity of any state in the United States, the percentage of wind capacity approaches 10% of the utilities capacity (in 2010 the total wind generated capacity in Texas was 8%). It is becomimg increasingly difficult for the utility to balance the elec...

  4. Simultaneous measurements of electric and thermal fields utilizing an electrooptic semiconductor probe

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ronald M. Reano; Kyoung Yang; Linda P. B. Katehi; John F. Whitaker

    2001-01-01

    A method to simultaneously measure electric and thermal fields with a single probe is presented in this paper. The Pockels effect is employed within a gallium-arsenide probe to measure electric fields, and the effect of photon absorption due to bandtail states in the semiconductor is used to determine temperature. The measured optical power is found to be inversely related to

  5. Panel session: structural reliability-based design of utility poles and the national electrical safety code

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. Bingel; H. Dagher; R. Randle; R. Wolfe; L. Slavin; M. Voda; J. Wong

    2003-01-01

    The 2002 Edition of the national electrical safety code provides basic safety rules for outdoor electric power and telecommunications lines and structures. The NESC specifies overload factors and strength factors in its strength and loading rules for transmission and distribution structures and poles. These factors have been selected based upon subjective criteria, including a combination of engineering judgment and experience.

  6. Electric Power Generation from a Geothermal Souce Utilizing a Low-Temperature Organic Rankine Cycle Turbine

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. D. Aspnes; J. P. Zarling

    1982-01-01

    A demonstration project to generate electricity with a geothermal source and low-temperature organic Rankine cycle turbine in a rural Alaskan location is described. Operating data and a set of conclusions are presented detailing problems and recommendations for others contemplating this approach to electric power generation.

  7. Electric Power Generation from a Geothermal Source Utilizing a Low-Temperature Organic Rankine Cycle Turbine

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. D. Aspnes; J. P. Zarling

    1982-01-01

    A demonstration project to generate electricity with a geothermal source and low-temperature organic Rankine cycle turbine in a rural Alaskan location is described. Operating data and a set of conclusions are presented detailing problems and recommendations for others contemplating this approach to electric power generation.

  8. Power to the People: Electric Utility Restructuring and the Commitment to Renewable Energy

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michael K. Heiman; Barry D. Solomon

    2004-01-01

    With electric generation responsible for 41 percent of U.S anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy use, development of clean energy sources is essential if the United States is to reduce release of greenhouse gases and slow global warming. Many proponents of sustainable energy anticipate that electric generation from renewable sources would thrive in a deregulated market, driven by consumer

  9. Electricity from Coal and Utilization of Coal Combustion By-products

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Demirbas

    2008-01-01

    Most electricity in the world is conventionally generated using coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear energy, or hydropower. Due to environmental concerns, there is a growing interest in alternative energy sources for heat and electricity production. The major by-products obtained from coal combustion are fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) materials. The solid wastes produced in

  10. CHP Modeling as a Tool for Electric Power Utilities to Understand Major Industrial Customers

    E-print Network

    Kumana, J. D.; Alanis, F. J.; Swad, T.; Shah, J. V.

    ,800,000 kWh/month Natural Gas 52,062 MMBtu OSU Electricity Generated 1,008,000 kWh/month Natural Gas Cost 107,248 $/month Net Electricity from OG&E 9,792,000 kWh/month Gas Pipeline Lease 21,450 --"'--- $/month RTP 0.02 $lI

  11. The nuclear option for US electrical generating capacity additions utilizing boiling water reactor technology

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Thomas F. Garrity; Daniel R. Wilkins

    1993-01-01

    The technology status of the advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR) and the simplified boiling water reactors (SBWR) is presented along with an analysis of the economic potential of advanced nuclear power generation systems based on BWR technology to meet the projected domestic electrical generating capacity need through 2005. The forecasted capacity needs are determined for each domestic North American Electric

  12. Rule Based Energy Management and Reporting System (EMRS) Applied to a Large Utility Power Station Complex

    E-print Network

    Bamber, D.; Childress, R.; Robinson, J.

    2004-01-01

    Rule Based Energy Management and Reporting System (EMRS) Applied to a Large Utility Power Station Complex Dan Bamber, Power Engineer Production Area Leader TransAlta Energy Corporation Poplar Creek Power Station Fort McMurray, Alberta... Canada T9H 3E3 dan_bamber@transalta.com Ronald L. Childress, Jr. Director of R & D DES Canada, Corporation. 72 Kingsbury Crescent St. Albert, Alberta Canada T8N 6X7 rchildre@dynamicenergysystems.com James E. Robinson P.Eng, CEM Principal...

  13. Surface area generation and droplet size control in solvent extraction systems utilizing high intensity electric fields

    DOEpatents

    Scott, Timothy C. (Knoxville, TN); Wham, Robert M. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1988-01-01

    A method and system for solvent extraction where droplets are shattered by a high intensity electric field. These shattered droplets form a plurality of smaller droplets which have a greater combined surface area than the original droplet. Dispersion, coalescence and phase separation are accomplished in one vessel through the use of the single pulsing high intensity electric field. Electric field conditions are chosen so that simultaneous dispersion and coalescence are taking place in the emulsion formed in the electric field. The electric field creates a large amount of interfacial surface area for solvent extraction when the droplet is disintegrated and is capable of controlling droplet size and thus droplet stability. These operations take place in the presence of a counter current flow of the continuous phase.

  14. Method and system for managing an electrical output of a turbogenerator

    DOEpatents

    Stahlhut, Ronnie Dean (Bettendorf, IA); Vuk, Carl Thomas (Denver, IA)

    2009-06-02

    The system and method manages an electrical output of a turbogenerator in accordance with multiple modes. In a first mode, a direct current (DC) bus receives power from a turbogenerator output via a rectifier where turbogenerator revolutions per unit time (e.g., revolutions per minute (RPM)) or an electrical output level of a turbogenerator output meet or exceed a minimum threshold. In a second mode, if the turbogenerator revolutions per unit time or electrical output level of a turbogenerator output are less than the minimum threshold, the electric drive motor or a generator mechanically powered by the engine provides electrical energy to the direct current bus.

  15. Vacuum Assisted Closure- utilization as home based therapy in the management of complex diabetic extremity wounds

    PubMed Central

    Hafeez, Kamran; Haroon-ur-Rashid; Kaim Khani, Ghulam Mustafa; Kumar, Darshan; Kumar, Sunil

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Vacuum assisted closure is a reported technique to manage complex wounds. We have utilized this technique by using simple locally available material in the management of our patients on outpatient basis. The objective of this study is to present our experience. Methods: This study was conducted from June 2011 to June 2013 at Dow University Hospital and Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi. There were 38 patients managed with vacuum assisted closure. Mean age was 56±7.8 years. Twenty three patients presented with necrotizing fasciitis and 15 patients with gangrene. Lower limbs were involved in majority of the patients. Debridement or amputations were done. Vacuum dressing was changed twice weekly in outpatient department. Wounds were closed secondarily if possible or covered with split thickness skin graft in another admission. Results: All the wounds were successfully granulated at the end of vacuum therapy. Mean hospital stay was 7.5 days. Vacuum dressing was applied for a mean of 20 days. There was reduction in the size of the wound. Thirteen patients underwent secondary closure of the wound under local anesthesia, 18 patients required coverage with split thickness skin graft and 7 patients healed with secondary intention. Conclusion: Vacuum assisted closure appeared to be an effective method to manage complex diabetic wounds requiring sterile wound environment. PMID:25878622

  16. Superconductive Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) System Studies for Electrical Utility at Wisconsin 

    E-print Network

    Boom, R. W.; Eyssa, Y. M.; Abdelsalem, M. K.; Huang, X.

    1988-01-01

    Two-layer low aspect ratio rippled and non-rippled solenoids mounted in surface trenches are described for superconductive magnetic energy storage utility applications. Open pool cooling in superfluid helium provides extended time cryogenic...

  17. RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND UTILIZATION IN ANIMAL WASTE MANAGEMENT. VOLUME III. UTILIZATION OF ANIMAL MANURES AS FEEDSTOCKS FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION

    EPA Science Inventory

    This study critically examined the feasibility of using thermochemical processes such as combustion, pyrolysis, and partial oxidation and anaerobic digestion as methods for utilizing livestock and poultry manures as renewable sources of energy. Technical, economic, and environmen...

  18. Optimal Generation Expansion Planning for Electric Utilities Using Decomposition and Probabilistic Simulation Techniques

    E-print Network

    Bloom, Jeremy A.

    Three related methods are presented for determining the least-cost generating capacity investments required to meet given future demands for electricity. The models are based on application of large-scale mathematical ...

  19. Electric utility forecasting of customer cogeneration and the influence of special rates

    E-print Network

    Pickel, Frederick H.

    1979-01-01

    Cogeneration, or the simultaneous production of heat and electric or mechanical power, emerged as one of the main components of the energy conservation strategies in the past decade. Special tax treatment, exemptions from ...

  20. ASSESSMENT OF TECHNOLOGY FOR CONTROL OF TOXIC EFFLUENTS FROM THE ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report assesses the applicability of control technologies for reducing priority pollutants in effluents from the steam-electric power generating industry. It surveys control technologies, identifying those that have demonstrated some control effectiveness for priority polluta...

  1. [MATCHE: Management Approach to Teaching Consumer and Homemaking Education.] Occupational Strand: Management. Module II-F-2: Occupational Preparation for Jobs Utilizing Housekeeping Skills.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Karikka, Katherine

    This competency-based preservice home economics teacher education module on occupational preparation for jobs utilizing housekeeping skills is the second in a set of two modules on occupational programs related to home management. (This set is part of a larger set of sixty-seven modules on the Management Approach to Teaching Consumer and…

  2. Alcohol Drinking Patterns and Health Care Utilization in a Managed Care Organization

    PubMed Central

    Zarkin, Gary A; Bray, Jeremy W; Babor, Thomas F; Higgins-Biddle, John C

    2004-01-01

    Objective To estimate the relationship between current drinking patterns and health care utilization over the previous two years in a managed care organization (MCO) among individuals who were screened for their alcohol use. Study Design Three primary care clinics at a large western MCO administered a short health and lifestyle questionnaire to all adult patients on their first visit to the clinic from March 1998 through December 1998. Patients who exceeded the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) guidelines for moderate drinking were given a more comprehensive alcohol screening using a modified version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). Health care encounter data for two years preceding the screening visit were linked to the remaining individuals who responded to one or both instruments. Using both quantity–frequency and AUDIT-based drinking pattern variables, we estimated negative binomial models of the relationship between drinking patterns and days of health care use, controlling for demographic characteristics and other variables. Principal Findings For both the quantity–frequency and AUDIT-based drinking pattern variables, current alcohol use is generally associated with less health care utilization relative to abstainers. This relationship holds even for heavier drinkers, although the differences are not always statistically significant. With some exceptions, the overall trend is that more extensive drinking patterns are associated with lower health care use. Conclusions Based on our sample, we find little evidence that alcohol use is associated with increased health care utilization. On the contrary, we find that alcohol use is generally associated with decreased health care utilization regardless of drinking pattern. PMID:15149478

  3. Outpatient utilization by infants auto-assigned to Medicaid managed care plans.

    PubMed

    Zickafoose, Joseph S; Cohn, Lisa M; Clark, Sarah J

    2014-04-01

    To test the hypothesis that infants auto-assigned to a Medicaid managed care plan would have lower primary care and higher emergency department (ED) utilization compared to infants with a chosen plan. Retrospective cohort study. Medicaid administrative data were used to identify all children 0-3 months of age at enrollment in Michigan Medicaid managed care in 2005-2008 with 18-months of subsequent enrollment. Medicaid encounter and state immunization registry data were then acquired. Auto-assigned infants were compared versus chosen plan infants on: (1) well-child visits (WCVs); (2) immunizations; (3) acute office visits; and (4) ED visits. Chi squared and rank-sum tests and logistic and negative binomial regression were used in bivariate and multivariable analyses for dichotomous and count data, respectively. 18% of infants were auto-assigned. Auto-assigned infants were less likely to meet goal number of WCVs in 18-months of managed care enrollment (32 vs. 53%, p < 0.001) and to be up-to-date on immunizations at 12 months of age (75 vs. 85%, p < 0.001). Auto-assigned infants had fewer acute office visits (median: 4 vs. 5, p < 0.001) but were only slightly more likely to have 2 or more ED visits (51 vs. 46%, p < 0.001) in 18-months of enrollment. All results were significant in multivariable analyses. Auto-assigned infants were less likely to use preventive and acute primary care but only slightly more likely to use emergency care. Future work is needed to understand mechanisms of differences in utilization, but auto-assigned children may represent a target group for efforts to promote pediatric preventive care in Medicaid. PMID:23775252

  4. Electrical Demand Control

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    Eppelheimer, D. M.

    1984-01-01

    Almost every building owner or manager is interested in controlling electrical costs. Since the HVAC system is a large user of electricity, this article will discuss what can be done in the HVAC system to influence parts of the utility bill....

  5. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain management in labour

    PubMed Central

    Dowswell, Therese; Bedwell, Carol; Lavender, Tina; Neilson, James P

    2014-01-01

    Background Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) has been proposed as a means of reducing pain in labour. The TENS unit emits low-voltage electrical impulses which vary in frequency and intensity. During labour, TENS electrodes are generally placed on the lower back, although TENS may be used to stimulate acupuncture points or other parts of the body. The physiological mechanisms whereby TENS relieves pain are uncertain. TENS machines are frequently operated by women, which may increase a sense of control in labour. Objectives To assess the effects of TENS on pain in labour. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group’s Trials Register (30 April 2011) and reference lists of retrieved papers. Selection criteria Randomised controlled trials comparing women receiving TENS for pain management in labour versus routine care, alternative non-pharmacological methods of pain relief, or placebo devices. We included all types of TENS machines. Data collection and analysis Two review authors assessed for inclusion all trials identified by the search strategy, carried out data extraction and assessed risk of bias. We have recorded reasons for excluding studies. Main results Seventeen trials with 1466 women contribute data to the review. Thirteen examined TENS applied to the back, two to acupuncture points, and two to the cranium. Overall, there was little difference in pain ratings between TENS and control groups, although women receiving TENS to acupuncture points were less likely to report severe pain (average risk ratio 0.41, 95% confidence interval 0.31 to 0.54; measured in two studies). The majority of women using TENS said they would be willing to use it again in a future labour. Where TENS was used as an adjunct to epidural analgesia there was no evidence that it reduced pain. There was no consistent evidence that TENS had any impact on interventions and outcomes in labour. There was little information on outcomes for mothers and babies. No adverse events were reported. Authors’ conclusions There is only limited evidence that TENS reduces pain in labour and it does not seem to have any impact (either positive or negative) on other outcomes for mothers or babies. The use of TENS at home in early labour has not been evaluated. TENS is widely available in hospital settings and women should have the choice of using it in labour. PMID:19370680

  6. ADVANCED FLUE GAS CONDITIONING AS A RETROFIT UPGRADE TO ENHANCE PM COLLECTION FROM COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

    SciTech Connect

    Kenneth E. Baldrey

    2003-01-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy and ADA Environmental Solutions are engaged in a project to develop commercial flue gas conditioning additives. The objective is to develop conditioning agents that can help improve particulate control performance of smaller or under-sized electrostatic precipitators on utility coal-fired boilers. The new chemicals will be used to control both the electrical resistivity and the adhesion or cohesivity of the fly ash. There is a need to provide cost-effective and safer alternatives to traditional flue gas conditioning with SO{sub 3} and ammonia. During this reporting quarter, installation of a liquid flue gas conditioning system was completed at the American Electric Power Conesville Plant, Unit 3. This plant fires a bituminous coal and has opacity and particulate emissions performance issues related to fly ash re-entrainment. Two cohesivity-specific additive formulations, ADA-44C and ADA-51, will be evaluated. In addition, ammonia conditioning will also be compared.

  7. Impacts and Benefits of a Satellite Power System on the Electric Utility Industry

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Winer, B. M.

    1977-01-01

    The purpose of this limited study was to investigate six specific issues associated with interfacing a Satellite Power System (5 GW) with large (by present standards) terrestrial power pools to a depth sufficient to determine if certain interface problems and/or benefits exist and what future studies of these problems are required. The issues investigated are as follows: (1) Stability of Power Pools Containing a 5 GWe SPS; (2) Extra Reserve Margin Required to Maintain the Reliability of Power Pools Containing a 5 GWe SPS; (3) Use of the SPS in Load Following Service (i.e. in two independent pools whose times of peak demand differ by three hours); (4) Ownership of the SPS and its effect on SPS Usage and Utility Costs; (5) Utility Sharing of SPS related RD and D Costs; (6) Utility Liability for SPS Related Hazards.

  8. The utilization and management of plant resources in rural areas of the Limpopo Province, South Africa

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background Most rural people in the Limpopo Province depend on plant resources to meet their livelihood needs. However, there is insufficient recorded information regarding their use and management. The current study therefore was carried out in selected villages of the Limpopo Province, to close this knowledge gap. Methods Information was collected from 60 people residing in two villages, using a semi-structured questionnaire, supplemented with field observations. Results A total of 47 wild plant species (95% indigenous and 5% exotics) from 27 families, mostly from the Fabaceae (17%), Anacardiaceae (9%), and Combretaceae (9%) were documented. These species were used primarily for firewood (40%), food (36%) and medicine (29%). Significantly used species included Sclerocarya birrea (85%), Combretum kraussii (35%) and Harpephyllum caffrum (35%). Local traditional rules and regulations including taboos, social beliefs and fines are in place to aid in the management of communal resources. However, a significant number (67%) of participants mentioned that they were not pleased with these rules and regulations. Conclusion The current study concluded that plant resources still play an important role in the surveyed rural areas of the Limpopo Province. Furthermore, for sustainable utilization and long-term conservation of plants in these areas the government should assist communities in the management of their plant resources. PMID:23590903

  9. Electric Energy Management in the Smart Home: Perspectives on Enabling Technologies and Consumer Behavior: Preprint

    SciTech Connect

    Zipperer, A.; Aloise-Young, P. A.; Suryanarayanan, S.; Roche, R.; Earle, L.; Christensen, D.; Bauleo, P.; Zimmerle. D.

    2013-08-01

    Smart homes hold the potential for increasing energy efficiency, decreasing costs of energy use, decreasing the carbon footprint by including renewable resources, and transforming the role of the occupant. At the crux of the smart home is an efficient electric energy management system that is enabled by emerging technologies in the electric grid and consumer electronics. This article presents a discussion of the state-of-the-art in electricity management in smart homes, the various enabling technologies that will accelerate this concept, and topics around consumer behavior with respect to energy usage.

  10. Central electrical utility power for a satellite ring city in low earth orbit space

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Myers, Ira T.; Faymon, Karl A.; Patton, A. D.

    1989-01-01

    Information is given in viewgraph form on central electrical power for a satellite ring city, defined as a group of large free flyers of 10 to 20 units with perhaps 100 people in each unit, and organized in a circle so that power can be fed from a central location. The free flyers would be located at 300 to 700 miles in altitude, and spaced about a kilometer apart. Potential activities of a ring city are listed as well as the electrical power needs. Information is given on costs and individual and centralized solar arrays and nuclear reactor systems.

  11. Electricity from coal and utilization of coal combustion by-products

    SciTech Connect

    Demirbas, A. [Sila Science, Trabzon (Turkey)

    2008-07-01

    Most electricity in the world is conventionally generated using coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear energy, or hydropower. Due to environmental concerns, there is a growing interest in alternative energy sources for heat and electricity production. The major by-products obtained from coal combustion are fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) materials. The solid wastes produced in coal-fired power plants create problems for both power-generating industries and environmentalists. The coal fly ash and bottom ash samples may be used as cementitious materials.

  12. A Modular Power and Energy Management Structure for Dual-Energy Source Electric Vehicles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Rosario; P. C. K. Luk; J. T. Economou; B. A. White

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a modular approach to the design and implementation of a power and energy management system (PEMS) for electric vehicles (EV). The model EV is powered by dual energy sources, consisting of batteries and ultracapacitors. Operation of the PEMS has been structured into modular hierarchical process shells. The energy management shell (EMS) handles the longer-term decisions of energy

  13. Design of a battery charger and charging management system for an electric vehicle

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Aaron W. Cousland; Richard J. Ciaravolo; Gary Blieden; Nasser Hosseinzadeh

    2010-01-01

    This project is concerned with the design and development of a battery charger and charging management system that is capable of charging the multi-cell, series connected battery bank that will be employed by the Swinburne University of Technology electric car team. The system developed features three primary components: a controllable, variable power supply, an intelligent battery charger management system and

  14. Comparative governance and regulatory restructuring of the electric utilities industry in the United States

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andre Haroun Baksh

    2006-01-01

    This dissertation seeks to identify internal and external institutional arrangements that would allow investor owned utility companies to best economize on costs. The main body of this work is structured around three interdependent essays. The first essay is a theoretical exploration from which a synthesis between Transaction Costs Economics and the Theory of Contestable Markets is derived. The second essay

  15. Speech recognition and synthesis for electric utility dispatch control centers. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Edman, T.R.; Penner, R.R.; Metz, S.V.

    1986-03-01

    Voice devices now on the market could boost efficiency and reduce error and fatigue in busy utility dispatch control centers. The potential for the fast-developing voice technologies is greatest in such complex centers, where work loads are heavy and responses must often be immediate.

  16. EVALUATION OF MOLECULAR SIEVES FOR SAMPLING N0X EMISSIONS AT ELECTRIC UTILITY PLANTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    A field study was conducted to evaluate the use of molecular sieves for collection of NOx (NO + NO2) emissions from utility boilers. It was found that NOx could be collected efficiently (99%) at sample flow rates of 1 L/min over 20- to 40-min sampling periods at the NOx levels en...

  17. Impact of Industrial Electric Rate Structure on Energy Conservation - A Utility Viewpiont

    E-print Network

    Williams, M. M.

    1981-01-01

    the incremebal cost. This rate penalizes efficient, high Ibad factor operations. I marginal cost rates - Marginal or incrementa~ rates are based on the cost of the last unit' of energy supplied by the utility. This is a con cept promoted by DOE...

  18. Dose–response effects for depression and Schizophrenia management on hospital utilization in Illinois Medicaid: a multivariate regression analysis

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background The prevalence of schizophrenia and depression in the United States is far higher among Medicaid recipients than in the general population. Individuals suffering from mental illness, including schizophrenia and depression, also have higher rates of emergency department utilization, which is costly and may not generate the positive health outcomes desired. Disease management programs strive to help individuals suffering from chronic illnesses better manage their condition(s) and seek health care in the appropriate settings. The objective of this manuscript is to estimate a dose–response impact on hospital inpatient and emergency room utilizations for any reason by Medicaid recipients with depression or schizophrenia who received disease management contacts. Methods Multivariate regression analysis of panel data taken from administrative claims was conducted to test the hypothesis that increased contacts lower the likelihood of all-cause inpatient admissions and emergency room visits. Subjects included 6,274 members of Illinois’ non-institutionalized Medicaid-only aged, blind or disabled population diagnosed with depression or schizophrenia. The statistical measure is the odds ratio. The odds ratio association is between the monthly utilization indicators and the number of contacts (doses) a member had for each particular disease management intervention. Results Higher numbers of intervention contacts for Medicaid recipients diagnosed with depression or schizophrenia were associated with statistically significant reductions in all-cause inpatient admissions and emergency room utilizations. Conclusions There is a high correlation between depression and schizophrenia disease management contacts and lowered all-cause hospital inpatient and emergency room utilizations. PMID:24989717

  19. Utility scale hybrid wind–solar thermal electrical generation: A case study for Minnesota

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. P. Reichling; F. A. Kulacki

    2008-01-01

    The performance of a hybrid wind–solar power plant in southwestern Minnesota is modeled for a 2-yr period using hourly wind and solar insolation data. The wind portion of the plant consists of four interconnected wind farms within a radius of 90km. The solar component of the plant is a parabolic trough solar thermal electric generating system using a heat transfer

  20. Estimated Value of Service Reliability for Electric Utility Customers in the United States

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. J. Sullivan; Matthew Mercurio; Josh Schellenberg

    2009-01-01

    Information on the value of reliable electricity service can be used to assess the economic efficiency of investments in generation, transmission and distribution systems, to strategically target investments to customer segments that receive the most benefit from system improvements, and to numerically quantify the risk associated with different operating, planning and investment strategies. This paper summarizes research designed to provide

  1. Advanced electrolysis development for hydrogen-cycle peak shaving for electric utilities

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. L. A. Fernandes; L. J. Nuttall

    1983-01-01

    Preliminary results of operation of a hydrogen cycle peak shaving (HCPS) system are reported. The HCPS system has an electrolyzer to generate hydrogen in off peak hours for storage and later generation of electricity either through use in a fuel cell or as a replacement fuel for natural gas in turbines. The H2 can be stored as a gas or

  2. The Influence of Residential Solar Water Heating on Electric Utility Demand 

    E-print Network

    Vliet, G. C.; Askey, J. L.

    1984-01-01

    to $125 as an incentive to purchasers of new, commercially produced SHW systems. To qualify for the cash rebate, the SHW system's distributor must have on file at the Electric Department a copy of test results on the SHW system carried out...

  3. Benchmarking and Regulation of Electricity Transmission and Distribution Utilities: Lessons from International Experience

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Tooraj Jamasb; Michael Pollitt

    2001-01-01

    Since the early 1980’s, many countries have implemented electricity sector reform, many of which have bundled generation, transmission, distribution and supply activities, and have introduced competition in generation and supply. An increasing number of countries are also adopting incentive regulation to promote efficiency improvement in the natural monopoly activities - transmission and distribution. Incentive regulation almost invariably involves benchmarking or

  4. THE EFFECT OF FLUE GAS DESULFURIZATION AVAILABILITY ON ELECTRIC UTILITIES. VOLUME II. TECHNICAL REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an analysis of the effect of the availability of a flue gas desulfurization system on the ability of an individual power plant to generate electricity at its rated capacity. (The availability of anything is the fraction of time it is capable of service...

  5. THE EFFECT OF FLUE GAS DESULFURIZATION AVAILABILITY ON ELECTRIC UTILITIES. VOLUME I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an analysis of the effect of the availability of a flue gas desulfurization system on the ability of an individual power plant to generate electricity at its rated capacity. (The availability of anything is the fraction of time it is capable of service...

  6. 1987 Electric Utility Instructor Survey. Summary of Task Verification Data [and] Competency Profile of Industry Instructor.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Norton, Robert E.

    An initial listing of the tasks performed by electric power industry instructors was prepared by organizing and convening a DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) job analysis committee of 11 persons who were considered to be expert instructors in the field. The committee members, relying on their own knowledge and experience, and with the guidance of a…

  7. Native American Technical Assistance and Training for Renewable Energy Resource Development and Electrical Generation Facilities Management

    SciTech Connect

    A. David Lester

    2008-10-17

    The Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) will facilitate technical expertise and training of Native Americans in renewable energy resource development for electrical generation facilities, and distributed generation options contributing to feasibility studies, strategic planning and visioning. CERT will also provide information to Tribes on energy efficiency and energy management techniques.This project will provide facilitation and coordination of expertise from government agencies and private industries to interact with Native Americans in ways that will result in renewable energy resource development, energy efficiency program development, and electrical generation facilities management by Tribal entities. The intent of this cooperative agreement is to help build capacity within the Tribes to manage these important resources.

  8. Keratocyte Fragments and Cells Utilize Competing Pathways to Move in Opposite Directions in an Electric Field

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    Sun, Yaohui; Do, Hao; Gao, Jing; Zhao, Ren; Zhao, Min; Mogilner, Alex

    2013-01-01

    Summary Sensing of an electric field (EF) by cells—galvanotaxis—is important in wound healing [1], development [2], cell division, nerve growth, and angiogenesis [3]. Different cell types migrate in opposite directions in EFs [4], and the same cell can switch the directionality depending on conditions [5]. A tug-of-war mechanism between multiple signaling pathways [6] can direct Dictyostelium cells to either cathode or anode. Mechanics of motility is simplest in fish keratocytes, so we turned to keratocytes to investigate their migration in EFs. Keratocytes sense electric fields and migrate to the cathode [7, 8]. Keratocyte fragments [9, 10] are the simplest motile units. Cell fragments from leukocytes are able to respond to chemotactic signals [11], but whether cell fragments are galvanotactic was unknown. We found that keratocyte fragments are the smallest motile electric field-sensing unit: they migrate to the anode, in the opposite direction of whole cells. Myosin II was essential for the direction sensing of fragments but not for parental cells, while PI3 kinase was essential for the direction sensing of whole cells but not for fragments. Thus, two signal transduction pathways, one depending on PI3K, another on myosin, compete to orient motile cells in the electric field. Galvanotaxis is not due to EF force and does not depend on cell or fragment size. We propose a “compass” model according to which protrusive and contractile actomyosin networks self-polarize to the front and rear of the motile cell, respectively, and the electric signal orients both networks toward cathode with different strengths. PMID:23541726

  9. Financial Impact of Energy Efficiency under a Federal Renewable Electricity Standard: Case Study of a Kansas"super-utility"

    SciTech Connect

    Goldman, Charles A.; Cappers, Peter

    2009-12-01

    Local, state and federal policies that jointly promote the generation of electricity from renewable technologies and the pursuit of energy efficiency are expected to help mitigate the detrimental effects of global climate change and foster energy independence. We examine the financial impacts on various stakeholders from alternative compliance strategies with a Combined Efficiency and Renewable Electricity Standard (CERES) using a case study approach for utilities in Kansas. If only supply-side options are considered, our analysis suggests that a Kansas"super-utility" would prefer to build its own renewable energy resources, while ratepayers would favor a procurement strategy that relies on long-term renewable power purchase agreements. Introducing energy efficiency under varying levels as a CERES resource will, under our analysis, reduce ratepayer bills by ~;;$400M to ~;;$1.0B between 2009 and 2028, but commensurately erode shareholder returns by ~;;10 to ~;;100 basis points. If a business model for energy efficiency inclusive of both a lost fixed cost recovery mechanism and a shareholder incentive mechanism is implemented, our results illustrate how shareholder returns can be improved through the pursuit of energy efficiency, by at most ~;;20 basis points if certain conditions apply, while ratepayers continue to save between $10M and ~;;$840M over 20 years.

  10. Identifying the changes of geo-engineering properties of dunites due to weathering utilizing electrical resistivity tomography (ERT)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ündül, Ömer; Tu?rul, Atiye; Özyal?n, ?enol; Halil Zarif, ?.

    2015-04-01

    Weathering phenomena have an important role in many construction facilities with varying depths and grades. Due to the anisotropic and heterogeneous nature of weathering profiles of some rocks, uncertainities exist in determining the geo-engineering properties. Geo-electrical studies have been utilized to overcome such uncertainities for various subsurface conditions including the determination of boundaries between weathered and unweathered parts of different rock types. In this study, the electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) results were correlated with conventional methods in determining the effects of weathering on the geo-engineering properties of dunites. During the research, weathering grades were determined by field studies including discontinuity spacings, aperture and properties of fill materials. The detailed petrographical studies, determination of petrophysical properties (e.g. water absorption and effective porosity) and mechanical properties (e.g. unconfined compressive strength (UCS)) constitute the laboratory studies. ERT studies were carried out in a row of sixty electrodes with electrode spacings of 0.5?m utilizing a Wenner–Schlumberger configuration. According to the comparison of the inversion model sections with the weathering profiles obtained by field and laboratory studies it is concluded that the use of ERT with a Wenner–Schlumberger configuration supplies comparable data for wider subsurface areas from the view of weathering and its effect on geo-engineering properties of dunites. In addition, ERT techniques are very useful where conventional techniques are inadequate in determining the full weathering profile.

  11. Wind system value analysis for electric utilities - A comparison of four methods

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Harper, J.; Percival, D.; Flaim, T.; Sullivan, R. L.

    1982-05-01

    A comparison and suggestions for improvements in the SERI-H, SERI Weibull, AERO, and JBF value models for estimation of the economic worth of wind energy conversion systems (WECS) to utilities are made. The simulations comprise projections for operations with and without WECS, fuel, operation, and maintenance costs, base load and generating capacity, reliability, estimated WECS performance, wind resource, fuel escalation rates, and scenarios with pumped hydro storage. The Weibull curve was found to be good in the SERI-H model only for considering winds above cut-in. Reasonable agreement was found at the 5% peak load penetration level for all models. Installing 635 MW of WECS was determined to replace from 126-177.9 MW of conventional utility generator capacity. The breakeven value for Mod 2 installation was determined at $1620/kW for use in southern California and $1850-2470/kW in Michigan.

  12. High-voltage electrical apparatus utilizing an insulating gas of sulfur hexafluoride and helium

    DOEpatents

    Wootton, Roy E. (Murrysville, PA)

    1980-01-01

    High-voltage electrical apparatus includes an outer housing at low potential, an inner electrode disposed within the outer housing at high potential with respect thereto, and support means for insulatably supporting the inner electrode within the outer housing. Conducting particles contaminate the interior of the outer housing, and an insulating gas electrically insulates the inner electrode from the outer housing even in the presence of the conducting particles. The insulating gas is comprised of sulfur hexafluoride at a partial pressure of from about 2.9 to about 3.4 atmospheres absolute, and helium at a partial pressure from about 1.1 to about 11.4 atmospheres absolute. The sulfur hexafluoride comprises between 20 and 65 volume percent of the insulating gas.

  13. WRI 50: Strategies for Cooling Electric Generating Facilities Utilizing Mine Water

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Joseph J. Donovan; Brenden Duffy; Bruce R. Leavitt; James Stiles; Tamara Vandivort; Paul Ziemkiewicz

    2004-01-01

    Power generation and water consumption are inextricably linked. Because of this relationship DOE\\/NETL has funded a competitive research and development initiative to address this relationship. This report is part of that initiative and is in response to DOE\\/NETL solicitation DE-PS26-03NT41719-0. Thermal electric power generation requires large volumes of water to cool spent steam at the end of the turbine cycle.

  14. Design and control of electric machines utilizing a field reconstruction method

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. Fahimi; S. Pekarek

    2010-01-01

    Accurate assessment of the electro-magneto-mechanical energy conversion process usually requires a multi-physics Finite Element (FEA) analysis. Since FE analysis is a time consuming numerical process, lumped parameter models, simplified equivalent magnetic circuits, and separated field analysis are usually used for design and control of electric motor and generator drives. This computational burden is particularly visible in the design of generators

  15. Working in hot conditions-a study of electrical utility workers in the northern territory of Australia.

    PubMed

    Brearley, Matt; Harrington, Phillip; Lee, Doug; Taylor, Raymond

    2015-01-01

    Environmental conditions of Australia's Northern Territory are seasonally conducive to excessive body heat storage by outdoor workers. For electrical utility workers who periodically work at height, in confined space, and in proximity to live power sources, the impact of the climate may be considered a hazardous condition. Therefore, this study examined the physiological and fluid balance responses of 20 power network workers (31.5 years; 86.0 kg; 1.71 m; BMI 29.5) throughout work shifts in the Northern and Southern regions of the Northern Territory, Australia. Twenty male heat-acclimatized power network workers provided written informed consent to be monitored during maintenance of electrical infrastructure that included replacing power pole components and transformer and substation repairs in the Northern (n = 13) and Southern regions (n = 7) of the Northern Territory (mean wet-bulb globe temperatures of 32.0°C and 28.7°C, respectively). An ingestible telemetry pill provided measurement of gastrointestinal temperature (Tgi), that when combined with heart rate values, provided physiological strain index (PSI). Urine specific gravity, sweat rate, and level of dehydration were also determined. The Tgi values of this study were within the ISO9886 limit for monitored, heat-acclimatized workers, with a peak of 38.4°C. Mean PSI was 2.6, which represents overall low strain, with periods of moderate strain. Urinary analysis indicated that workers were dehydrated prior to and following the work shift, however the mean sweat rate of 0.44 L.h(-1) was matched by fluid consumption of 0.42 L.h(-1) to limit body mass loss to 0.1% during the shift. This study demonstrates that heat acclimatized electrical utility workers adhere to ISO9886 requirements when undertaking self-paced activity in hot conditions. PMID:25265189

  16. AM/FM development for a small electric utility or form partnerships to minimize AM/FM development costs

    SciTech Connect

    Hahne, R. [Chelan County Public Utility District, Wenatchee, WA (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Chelan County Public Utility District is a 32,000 customer electric utility in central Washington State. Being a small utility presents unique problems in developing a complex AM/FM system. With only a small staff assigned part-time to this project, partnering and outsourcing became essential for developing an AM/FM system. An incremental approach was also necessary. Our project started in 1992 in partnership with Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee for the development of a common landbase in ARC/INFO. For our AM/FM system, a purchased solution was much more feasible than in-house development. We decided against a big requirements definition phase or a formal RFP, and instead looked at available AM/FM systems to decide what was feasible for us. This paper shares the basics of our partnering strategy and outlines how our approach will allow the project to be completed in a fast-track of 40 months at a minimal cost to the Chelan P.U.D. ratepayers.

  17. Proposal for M.Sc. Thesis Networks, Attention and Strategies of Electric Utilities

    E-print Network

    . This is especially relevant in times of environmental change with incomplete and ambiguous signals from political information on the backgrounds and networks of the top management and board of directors (e.g. from annual independently. Strong communication and German skills as well as industry experience are an asset. Ideally

  18. PROCEEDINGS OF CONFERENCE ON WASTE HEAT MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION (3RD), HELD AT MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA ON MAY 11-13, 1981

    EPA Science Inventory

    The conference addressed programs in waste heat management and utilization, utilization of waste heat from industrial processes, thermal discharges and related phenomena, cooling towers and their effects, greenhouse applications of waste heat, environmental effects of waste heat ...

  19. Utilization of Geotextile Tube for Sandy and Muddy Coastal Management: A Review

    PubMed Central

    Lee, Siew Cheng; Hashim, Roslan; Motamedi, Shervin; Song, Ki-Il

    2014-01-01

    Threats to beaches have accelerated the coastal destruction. In recent decades, geotextile tubes were used around the world to prevent coastal erosion, to encourage beach nourishment, and to assist mangrove rehabilitation. However, the applications of geotextile tube in sandy and muddy coasts have different concerns as the geological settings are different. Applications of geotextile tubes in sandy beaches were mainly to prevent coastline from further erosion and to nourish the beach. However, for the muddy coasts, mangrove rehabilitation and conservation were additional concerns in coastal management schemes. The mangrove forests are natural barriers which can be found on the muddy coasts of many tropical countries. In this paper, the viability of geotextile tubes in sandy and muddy beaches was analysed. The advantages and disadvantages of the utilization of geotextile tubes in coastal management were discussed based on the experiences from the tropical countries such as Mexico, Malaysia, and Thailand. From the case studies, impressive improvements in coastal restoration after installation of geotextile tubes were shown. Based on the discussion, several recommendations to improve the application of geotextile tubes were suggested in this paper. PMID:24955408

  20. An innovative thermal management concept of waste heat utilization in space

    SciTech Connect

    Choi, M.K. [NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (United States)

    1995-12-31

    This paper presents an innovative thermal management concept that utilizes the waste heat of electronics to meet both the heater power budget and the thermal requirements of the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) payload during the phase-B study at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The phase-B study included trade studies of different orbits. This paper is concerned with the highly elliptical orbit. The total heat dissipation of the electronics is 177.4 W, all at the mid-section of a 3.9-m tall graphite epoxy structure. The innovative thermal management concept uses constant conductance heat pipes to transport the waste heat to interior cold plates which radiate to the structure and aft end of the baffle tubes. It provides uniform temperature to the structure. Variable conductance heat pipes transport the excess waste heat to external radiators to maintain the structure at a constant temperature. This design minimizes the heater power for the graphite epoxy structure and reduces the heater power for the mirrors. The total heater power required at Sun angles in the 45{degree} to 105{degree} range is 58.5 W at a 45{degree} sun angle, 46 W at 90{degree} and 30.4 W at 105{degree}. The optical performance of the payload is optimum at these sun angles. It also provides temperature stability to the structure during science observation at sun angles of 20{degree} to 45{degree} and 105{degree} to 137{degree} when no heater power is available.

  1. Utilization of geotextile tube for sandy and muddy coastal management: a review.

    PubMed

    Lee, Siew Cheng; Hashim, Roslan; Motamedi, Shervin; Song, Ki-Il

    2014-01-01

    Threats to beaches have accelerated the coastal destruction. In recent decades, geotextile tubes were used around the world to prevent coastal erosion, to encourage beach nourishment, and to assist mangrove rehabilitation. However, the applications of geotextile tube in sandy and muddy coasts have different concerns as the geological settings are different. Applications of geotextile tubes in sandy beaches were mainly to prevent coastline from further erosion and to nourish the beach. However, for the muddy coasts, mangrove rehabilitation and conservation were additional concerns in coastal management schemes. The mangrove forests are natural barriers which can be found on the muddy coasts of many tropical countries. In this paper, the viability of geotextile tubes in sandy and muddy beaches was analysed. The advantages and disadvantages of the utilization of geotextile tubes in coastal management were discussed based on the experiences from the tropical countries such as Mexico, Malaysia, and Thailand. From the case studies, impressive improvements in coastal restoration after installation of geotextile tubes were shown. Based on the discussion, several recommendations to improve the application of geotextile tubes were suggested in this paper. PMID:24955408

  2. Modis data acquisition and utilization for forest fire management in india

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Satyanarayana, A. N.; Chandrashekara Rao, B.; Lalitha, D.; Lakshmi, B.

    2014-12-01

    The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard Terra & Aqua Spacecrafts Scans the earth in 36 spectral bands & covers the entire earth in two days. MODIS data has proved to be very useful for ocean & land studies with resolution ranging from 250 m to 1000 meters. The Data Reception system at Shadnagar (Refer to the Block diagram Fig.1), receives the data transmitted in X-band on 8160 MHz carrier SQPSK modulated with a data rate of 15 MBPS from the Aqua satellite. The down converted IF signal is fed to the demodulator & bit-synchronizer unit. The data and clock output signals of bitsynchronizer unit are given to a PC based DAQLB system where real-time telemetry processing is carried out and data is recorded onto hard disk in real time. The effectiveness of the system in supporting the forest fire management during the 2011, 12, 13 & 14 is also presented in the paper. Near real-time active fire monitoring, interactive fire visualization, fire database and statistical analysis functions also presented. Preliminary results of the upgrading satellite receiving system and in expanding the utilization of satellite data for multi-disciplinary resources management will also be presented and discussed.

  3. Two-Way Utility System Communications Using AM Broadcast Radio

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. F. Holbrow; R. E. Owen

    1985-01-01

    An electric utility load management system functions optimally in direct proportion to the reliability of the communications system employed to transmit signals to and from the utility's central control to the thousands or millions of receivers installed on customers' appliances (water heaters, air conditioners, pumps, etc) throughout the utility's service territory. The signal from the central control to a receiver

  4. Management of busbar costs and spending tradeoffs for the transition to competitive markets in electricity

    SciTech Connect

    Corio, M.R.; Boyd, G. [Applied Economic Research Co., Inc., New York, NY (United States)

    1995-09-01

    Competition is changing the fundamental basis for doing business in the electricity generation market. As the market moves toward competitive market conditions, electricity will be viewed increasingly as a commodity--not only supplied to customers within a utility`s service area, but brokered and marketed outside its area as well. With movement toward retail wheeling being considered in California, Michigan, and New York, it may soon become a reality as well. This means that a utility can no longer feel secure as the monopoly supplier of electricity within its own franchise area. To remain the main supplier in its current service area and compete for customers in other service areas, utilities will need to understand and examine all the components of ``busbar costs`` at its generating units. As competition drives the market to marginal costs, generating units with costs exceeding the market clearing price for electricity may soon have a limited role in the generation market. As the industry evolves, competition in the marketplace will force uneconomic plants to reduce costs or go out of business. This paper discusses results of studies addressing the evaluation of cost effectiveness, benchmarking of cost-efficiency, and development of marginal cost curves for busbar costs based on the development and aggregation of the three key measures which determine the cost and level of output (generation): (1) reliability; (2) heat rate; and (3) planned outage factor.

  5. On the Billing and Management of the Air Conditioning Loads in Electric Power Networks

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mohamed M. Saied

    2009-01-01

    A model is presented for analyzing the impact of air conditioning load characteristics, such as daily cooling energy consumption, start time, and duration, on the overall economy of the power system. The article then suggests a tariff system aimed at encouraging customers with an air conditioning load to cooperate with the electric utilities toward saving energy, achieving diversity between the

  6. SOIL ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY AS A MANAGEMENT TOOL IN PRECISION FORESTRY

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Apparent soil electrical conductivity (ECa) is a useful measurement and indicator of relative productivity of agronomic crops on some soil types. In non-saline soils, spatial variation in soil ECa is strongly related to texture, topsoil depth and profile variations; factors which spatially correlate...

  7. Overview of power management in hybrid electric vehicles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. T. Chau; Y. S. Wong

    2002-01-01

    Based on the available energy sources, the electric vehicle (EV) cannot compete with the conventional vehicle in terms of driving range and initial cost. In the near future, the hybrid EV (HEV) is not only an interim solution for implementation of zero emission vehicles but a practical solution for commercialization of super-ultra-low-emission vehicles. This paper firstly presents an overview of

  8. Utility/Industry Partnerships Involving Distributed Generation Technologies in Evolving Electricity Markets 

    E-print Network

    Rastler, D. M.

    1997-01-01

    in the domestic energy services market may be as transition during the past 40 years (Table I). The large as $ 200 Billion/year by the year 2000. evolving transition can be generally described as Services built around distributed resource movement from.... This will dramatically increase electric output from, for example, a 40 MW turbine, up to 110 - 125 MW while increasing simple cycle efficiency from - 40% to 45-47% LHV. EPR! is currently investigating both small ICAD systems in the 20 - 30 MW scale using...

  9. Method of and means for utilizing rechargeable batteries in the operation of electric vehicles

    SciTech Connect

    Muller-Werth, B.

    1981-07-07

    The engine of an automotive vehicle is powered by an assembly of electric batteries which are recharged from time to time, on standstill or during driving, from various sources including a set of solar cells on the vehicle body, braking generators driven by the vehicle wheels on deceleration, and external power supplies. Both the batteries and the solar cells can be selectively connected in series and in parallel, the former particularly during recharging. The batteries are grouped in thermally insulated blocks of molded resin with channels, left from the injection-molding operation, accommodating ancillary equipment such as electronic switches mounted on cooling bars.

  10. Electric vehicles: Holy grail or fool's gold

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Mohseni; R. G. Stevie

    2010-01-01

    Our analysis shows that there is likely to be minor short term risk or reward for electric utilities with respect to electric vehicle adoption, but also that significant long term value or risk exists, depending on how judiciously utilities manage pricing, charging and infrastructure. The margin of difference between profit and loss lies with the extent to which customer adoption

  11. Electric vehicles: Holy grail or Fool's gold

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Mohseni; R. G. Stevie

    2009-01-01

    Our analysis shows that there is likely to be minor short term risk or reward for electric utilities with respect to electric vehicle adoption, but also that significant long term value or risk exists, depending on how judiciously utilities manage pricing, charging and infrastructure. The margin of difference between profit and loss lies with the extent to which customer adoption

  12. Encouraging the Construction of Energy Efficient Homes - A Utility Perspective 

    E-print Network

    Kimmons, G. H.

    1985-01-01

    Historically an industry with a supply side orientation, electric utilities are becoming increasingly involved with the end usage, or demand side, of their product as a means of effectively managing their systems....

  13. FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR PUBLICLY-OWNED UTILITIES

    E-print Network

    CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR PUBLICLY-OWNED UTILITIES SUBMITTING RETAIL B.B Blevins Executive Director Mignon Marks Principal Author David Ashuckian Manager ELECTRICITY ........................................................................................................................... 1 Filing Instructions

  14. Heart failure patients utilizing an electric home monitor: What effects does heart failure have on their quality of life?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Simuel, Gloria J.

    Heart Failure continues to be a major public health problem associated with high mortality and morbidity. Heart Failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for persons older than 65 years, has a poor prognosis and is associated with poor quality of life. More than 5.3 million American adults are living with heart failure. Despite maximum medical therapy and frequent hospitalizations to stabilize their condition, one in five heart failure patients die within the first year of diagnosis. Several disease-management programs have been proposed and tested to improve the quality of heart failure care. Studies have shown that hospital admissions and emergency room visits decrease with increased nursing interventions in the home and community setting. An alternative strategy for promoting self-management of heart failure is the use of electronic home monitoring. The purpose of this study was to examine what effects heart failure has on patient's quality of life that had been monitoring on an electronic home monitor longer than 2 months. Twenty-one questionnaires were given to patients utilizing an electronic home monitor by their home health agency nurse. Eleven patients completed the questionnaire. The findings showed that there is some deterioration in quality of life with more association with the physical aspects of life than with the emotional aspects of life, which probably was due to the small sample size. There was no significant difference in readmission rates in patients utilizing an electronic home monitor. Further research is needed with a larger population of patients with chronic heart failure and other chronic diseases which may provide more data, and address issues such as patient compliance with self-care, impact of heart failure on patient's quality of life, functional capacity, and heart failure patient's utilization of the emergency rooms and hospital. Telemonitoring holds promise for improving the self-care abilities of persons with HF.

  15. The Affordable Care Act, health care reform, prescription drug formularies and utilization management tools.

    PubMed

    Ung, Brian L; Mullins, C Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hence, Affordable Care Act, or ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Goals of the ACA include decreasing the number of uninsured people, controlling cost and spending on health care, increasing the quality of care provided, and increasing insurance coverage benefits. This manuscript focuses on how the ACA affects pharmacy benefit managers and consumers when they have prescriptions dispensed. PBMs use formularies and utilization control tools to steer drug usage toward cost-effective and efficacious agents. A logic model was developed to explain the effects of the new legislation. The model draws from peer-reviewed and gray literature commentary about current and future U.S. healthcare reform. Outcomes were identified as desired and undesired effects, and expected unintended consequences. The ACA extends health insurance benefits to almost 32 million people and provides financial assistance to those up to 400% of the poverty level. Increased access to care leads to a similar increase in overall health care demand and usage. This short-term increase is projected to decrease downstream spending on disease treatment and stunt the continued growth of health care costs, but may unintentionally exacerbate the current primary care physician shortage. The ACA eliminates limitations on insurance and increases the scope of benefits. Online health care insurance exchanges give patients a central location with multiple insurance options. Problems with prescription drug affordability and control utilization tools used by PBMs were not addressed by the ACA. Improving communication within the U.S. healthcare system either by innovative health care delivery models or increased usage of health information technology will help alleviate problems of health care spending and affordability. PMID:25217142

  16. ADVANCED FLUE GAS CONDITIONING AS A RETROFIT UPGRADE TO ENHANCE PM COLLECTION FROM COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

    SciTech Connect

    Kenneth E. Baldrey

    2001-10-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy and ADA Environmental Solutions are engaged in a project to develop commercial flue gas conditioning additives. The objective is to develop conditioning agents that can help improve particulate control performance of smaller or under-sized electrostatic precipitators on utility coal-fired boilers. The new chemicals will be used to control both the electrical resistivity and the adhesion or cohesivity of the fly ash. There is a need to provide cost-effective and safer alternatives to traditional flue gas conditioning with SO{sub 3} and ammonia. During this reporting quarter, progress was made in obtaining an industry partner for a long-term demonstration and in technology transfer activities. Engineering and equipment procurement activities related to the long-term demonstration were also completed.

  17. Potential impact of the President's economic recovery plan on the electric-utility industry - with Commonwealth Edison Company serving as a case study

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-01-01

    The objective of this study is to determine whether the President's economic recovery program (ERP) will result in a set of economic conditions which: restores the industry to its former financial health, thus allowing utilities to make investment decisions which are both cost-effective to customers, and beneficial to existing and prospective investors, or leaves the electric utility industry in a financially constrained condition. Thus requiring additional remedies if necessary investments are to be made. These additional remedies might include a restructuring of the rate regulatory process, further reductions in inflation, or a relaxation of environmental, facility licensing and other regulatory proceedings which have significantly increased utility costs. The principal conclusion to be drawn from this study is that the President's economic recovery program (ERP) will not significantly improve the electric utility industry's financial health. Thus the construction of needed generating capacity will continue to be jeopardized. The primary cause for this result is that even under the improved economic conditions associated with the ERP, costs will increase, utilities will be forced to seek increases in their electricity rates, but regulatory commissions-based on historical experience-will not grant increases of sufficient size which both: allow utilities to fully recover cost increased. Result in a significant improvement in the key measures of utility financial health.

  18. Designing cost effective demand management contracts using game theory

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Murat Fahrioglu; Fernando L. Alvarado

    1999-01-01

    Demand relief from customers can help an electric utility solve a variety of problems. There exist all sorts of different demand management programs that utilities use. A critical issue is the incentive paid to the customer to participate in demand management programs and provide load relief. The utility has to design cost effective yet attractive demand management contracts. The main

  19. Factors Militating Against the Establishment, Management and Utilization of Instructional Television (ITV) in Higher Institutions in Nigeria

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sofowora Olaniyi Alaba

    2007-01-01

    This study highlights the problems facing the establishment, management and utilization of Instructional Television (ITV) in higher institutions in Nigeria. The study also discusses chronicle of activities and achievement made at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in the effort at revamping the television system. Obafemi Awolowo University was used as a case study because it is presently the only institution apart

  20. EVALUATION OF BEEF CATTLE OPERATIONS UTILIZING DIFFERENT SEASONS OF CALVING, WEANING STRATIGIES, POST-WEANING MANAGEMENT, AND RETAINED OWNERSHIP

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. W. Tess; E. E. Grings; R. K. Heitschmidt; W. A. Phillips; H. S. Mayeux

    2004-01-01

    Production data from a 3-yr study conducted at Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory near Miles City, MT were utilized to evaluate impacts of season of calving (SOC), weaning strategy (W), post-weaning management of replacement heifers (PWM), and retained ownership of steer calves (RO) on enterprise profitability. The SOC evaluated were late winter (Feb), early spring (Apr), and late

  1. Evaluation of Beef Cattle Operations Utilizing Different Seasons of Calving, Weaning Strategies, Post-weaning Management, and Retained Ownership

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Production data from a 3-yr study conducted at Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory near Miles City, MT were utilized to evaluate impacts of season of calving, weaning strategy, post-weaning management of replacement heifers, and retained ownership of steer calves on enterprise profita...

  2. Electricity

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Miss Lerdahl

    2010-02-23

    5th Grade Electricity Try this Using Electricity Activity. Don't forget to follow the directions! Use this to learn more about electricity: Blobz Guide to Electricity Follow the directions closely! Learn more about Electricity with Electricity Tech-Topics. ...

  3. Heterogeneous Collaborative Sensor Network for Electrical Management of an Automated House with PV Energy

    PubMed Central

    Castillo-Cagigal, Manuel; Matallanas, Eduardo; Gutiérrez, Álvaro; Monasterio-Huelin, Félix; Caamaño-Martín, Estefaná; Masa-Bote, Daniel; Jiménez-Leube, Javier

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we present a heterogeneous collaborative sensor network for electrical management in the residential sector. Improving demand-side management is very important in distributed energy generation applications. Sensing and control are the foundations of the “Smart Grid” which is the future of large-scale energy management. The system presented in this paper has been developed on a self-sufficient solar house called “MagicBox” equipped with grid connection, PV generation, lead-acid batteries, controllable appliances and smart metering. Therefore, there is a large number of energy variables to be monitored that allow us to precisely manage the energy performance of the house by means of collaborative sensors. The experimental results, performed on a real house, demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed collaborative system to reduce the consumption of electrical power and to increase energy efficiency. PMID:22247680

  4. Heterogeneous collaborative sensor network for electrical management of an automated house with PV energy.

    PubMed

    Castillo-Cagigal, Manuel; Matallanas, Eduardo; Gutiérrez, Alvaro; Monasterio-Huelin, Félix; Caamaño-Martín, Estefaná; Masa-Bote, Daniel; Jiménez-Leube, Javier

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we present a heterogeneous collaborative sensor network for electrical management in the residential sector. Improving demand-side management is very important in distributed energy generation applications. Sensing and control are the foundations of the "Smart Grid" which is the future of large-scale energy management. The system presented in this paper has been developed on a self-sufficient solar house called "MagicBox" equipped with grid connection, PV generation, lead-acid batteries, controllable appliances and smart metering. Therefore, there is a large number of energy variables to be monitored that allow us to precisely manage the energy performance of the house by means of collaborative sensors. The experimental results, performed on a real house, demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed collaborative system to reduce the consumption of electrical power and to increase energy efficiency. PMID:22247680

  5. Display design for dispatch control centers in electric utilities: Handbook: Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Wise, J.A.; Culver, M.C.; Abi-Samra, N.C.

    1987-03-01

    This EPRI handbook provides the reader with two different yet supporting approaches to display design. First, the handbook thoroughly outlines the recommended procedure for designing displays for dispatch control centers. It explains step by step how to perform the predesign analysis and the actual design process and how to effectively evaluate the displays to determine where changes are required. Second, it provides a set of prototype displays, the rationale used in designing each prototype, and the data needs addressed by each display. This dual approach also allows the handbook to be easily used in the complete design of a set of dispatch control center displays or to evaluate existing displays and redesign those not meeting a system operator's needs. This handbook will be very useful for utilities planning a new control center or planning to redesign the displays currently in use in their control center. The handbook is a quick reference on a variety of topics related to CRT display design. It also contains numerous examples of control center displays using effective graphic presentation methods. 76 refs., 60 figs. (DWL)

  6. Electric utility privatization: What we can learn from the British experience

    SciTech Connect

    Hyman, L.S.

    1997-10-01

    The most famous privatization effort, that of the Thatcher government, put the concept on the front pages. It embraced privatization with zeal. The government raked in billions of pounds. Millions of new investors bought shares in dozens of companies. But the privatizations left a legacy of problems. One can learn from them. Privatizations shook up complacent enterprises, increasing their efficiency and decreasing the prices that customers paid (with the exception of water consumers). The efforts helped to revitalize London as a financial center, and launched enterprises that have now ventured forth from England`s green and pleasant land into the rest of the world. The UK also made sure that the British remained in control of all the new companies upon privatization. On the other side of the balance, the British government, on occasion, acted in haste, with meeting a politically imposed deadline more important than getting the structure right. It left a great deal of money on the table after each sale. It confused the appearance of competition with effective competition. It created a string of regulatory agencies that lacked the tools to effectively control the utilities absent the effective competition that was supposed to supplement light regulation. And the privatizations put a lot of people out of work in the regulated industries and the businesses that supplied them.

  7. High-temperature superconductor current leads for electric utility SMES applications

    SciTech Connect

    Niemann, R.C.; Cha, Y.S.; Hull, J.R. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Buckles, W.E.; Weber, B.R. [Superconductivity, Inc., Madison, WI (United States); Dixon, K.D.; Rey, C.M. [Babcock and Wilcox Company, Lynchburg, VA (United States). Naval Nuclear Fuel Div.

    1995-07-01

    Current leads that utilize high-temperature superconductors (HTSS) to deliver power to devices operating at liquid helium temperature have the potential to reduce refrigeration requirements to levels significantly below those achievable with conventional leads. As part of the US Department of Energy`s Superconductivity Technology Program, Argonne National Laboratory and two industrial partners are developing HTS current leads for application to superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems. Superconductivity, Inc. (SI) is a supplier of micro-SMES systems for power-quality applications. A typical SI SMES system has an 0.3-kWh energy capacity and operates at currents up to 1.2 k.A. The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) is engaged in a project to design, build, and demonstrate a midsized SMES system. The B&W system has an 0.5-MWh energy capacity and operates at currents up to 16 kA. Details of the lead designs. including materials, configuration and performance predictions. are presented.

  8. A New Practical Electric Vehicle Battery Management System

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shi, Yanpeng; Wu, Guoxin

    The lithium battery gradually becomes the mainstream of traction battery owing to its small volume, light weight, high voltage, high power, less self discharge, long service life and other advantages. However certain management is required during the application of Li-ion battery for its obvious nonlinearity, inconsistency and time-variant characteristics. If lithium batteries are used in power equipment in serial, they may have different charge and discharge due to different internal characteristics, when one battery deteriorates, the behavior characteristics of the entire battery pack will be limited so as to lead to deteriorated battery pack performances. The lithium power battery pack management system designed here is installed inside lithium battery pack, takes MCU as the control core and equalizes energy of each lithium battery while achieving over charge, over discharge, overcurrent and short circuit protection.

  9. Satellite applications to electric-utility communications needs. [land mobile satellite service

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Horstein, M.; Barnett, R.

    1981-01-01

    Significant changes in the Nation's electric power systems are expected to result from the integration of new technology, possible during the next decade. Digital communications for monitor and control, exclusive of protective relaying, are expected to double or triple current traffic. A nationwide estimate of 13 Mb/s traffic is projected. Of this total, 8 Mb/s is attributed to the bulk-power system as it is now being operated (4 Mb/s). This traffic could be accommodated by current communications satellites using 3- to 4.5-m-diameter ground terminals costing $35,000 to $70,000 each. The remaining 5-Mb/s traffic is attributed to new technology concepts integrated into the distribution system. Such traffic is not compatible with current satellite technology because it requires small, low-cost ground terminals. Therefore, a high effective isotropic radiated power satellite, such as the one being planned by NASA for the Land Mobile Satellite Service, is required.

  10. Lessons learned from new construction utility demand side management programs and their implications for implementing building energy codes

    SciTech Connect

    Wise, B.K.; Hughes, K.R.; Danko, S.L.; Gilbride, T.L.

    1994-07-01

    This report was prepared for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Codes and Standards by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) through its Building Energy Standards Program (BESP). The purpose of this task was to identify demand-side management (DSM) strategies for new construction that utilities have adopted or developed to promote energy-efficient design and construction. PNL conducted a survey of utilities and used the information gathered to extrapolate lessons learned and to identify evolving trends in utility new-construction DSM programs. The ultimate goal of the task is to identify opportunities where states might work collaboratively with utilities to promote the adoption, implementation, and enforcement of energy-efficient building energy codes.

  11. Managing Legacy Records for Formerly Utilized Sites. Remedial Action Program Sites

    SciTech Connect

    Clayton, C. [DOE Office of Legacy Management, Washington, DC (United States); Gueretta, J. [Lead DOE Office of Legacy Management, Grand Junction, CO (United States); Tack, J. [Source One Management, Inc., Grand Junction, CO (United States); Widdop, M. [S.M. Stoller Corporation, Grand Junction, CO (United States)

    2008-07-01

    The Manhattan Engineer District (MED) and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) contracted for support work through private and academic parties through the early 1960's. The work often involved radioactive materials. Residual radioactive contamination was left at some of more than 600 potentially contaminated (candidate) sites, and worker health and safety concerns remain from the site operations and subsequent remediation activities. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiated a program to identify and protect records of MED/AEC activities and of remediation work conducted under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) to aid in resolving questions about site conditions, liability, and worker health and safety and to ensure ongoing protectiveness of human health and the environment. This paper discusses DOE activities undertaken to locate records collections, confirm retention schedules and access requirements, and document information about the collections for use by future stewards. In conclusion: DOE-LM recognizes that records and information management is a critical component of effective LTS and M. Records are needed to answer questions about site conditions and demonstrate to the public in the future that the sites are safe. DOE-LM is working to satisfy present needs and anticipate future uses for FUSRAP records, and compile a collection of site and program information from which future stewards can readily locate and retrieve needed information. (authors)

  12. Intraoperative neuromonitoring in thyroid surgery: a point prevalence survey on utilization, management, and documentation in Italy.

    PubMed

    Dionigi, Gianlorenzo; Lombardi, Davide; Lombardi, Celestino Pio; Carcoforo, Paolo; Boniardi, Marco; Innaro, Nadia; Chiofalo, Maria Grazia; Cavicchi, Ottavio; Biondi, Antonio; Basile, Francesco; Zaccaroni, Angelo; Mangano, Alberto; Leotta, Andrea; Lavazza, Matteo; Calò, Pietro Giorgio; Nicolosi, Angelo; Castelnuovo, Paolo; Nicolai, Piero; Pezzullo, Luciano; De Toma, Giorgio; Bellantone, Rocco; Sacco, Rosario

    2014-12-01

    The frequency of neuromonitoring during thyroid surgery is underreported in Italy. The present survey depicts and describes the patterns of use, management, documentation for IONM devices of IONM during thyroid surgery by surgeons in Italy. A point prevalence survey was undertaken. Source data were mixed from Italian surgeons attending the 2014 International Neuromonitoring Study Group (INMSG) meeting, four IONM manufacturers available in Italy and surgical units were identified from Company sales data. Qualitative and quantitative data were used to analyze. Questions probed IONM prevalence, surgeon background, hospital geographic practice locations, type of hospital, rationale for IONM use, sources of initial capital investment for IONM acquisition, type of equipment, use of continuous IONM, monitoring management, use of distinctive standards, and IONM documentation. IONM is currently delivered through 48 units in Italy. In 2013, the distribution of IONM by specialties included: general (50 %), ENT (46 %), and thoracic surgery (4 %). Overall, 12.853 IONM procedures were performed in the period from 2006 to 2013: 253 were performed in 2007 and about 5,100 in 2013. Distribution according to the type of hospital is: public 48 %, academic setting 37 %, and private maintenance 15 %. The use category of high volume thyroid hospitals represented 33 %. Initial capital investment for the acquisition of the monitoring equipment was 67 % public and 33 % with charitable/private funding. Audio plus graphic and EMG electrodes surface endotracheal tube-based monitoring systems accounted for the majority. Continuous IONM was introduced in 5 Academic Centers. Overall motivations expressed are legal (30 %), RLN confirmation (20 %), RLN identification (20 %), prognosis (10 %), helpful in difficult cases (10 %), decrease surgical time (5 %), and educational (5 %). The survey revealed that participants had few experience with the standardized approach of IONM technique (28 %). General IONM information to patients and/or subsequent specific IONM informed consent was initiated in 8 % of centers. EMG determinations were included in medical chart in 20 %. There were no significant associations found between all parameters considered. The present study describes an increased utilization of IONM in Italy. We highlighted areas for improvement in the management and documentation of IONM. PMID:25465057

  13. An evaluation of micronized coal reburning for nitrogen oxide emissions reduction in pulverized coal-fired electric utility boilers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    de Angelo, Joseph Gerard

    Recent increases in the prices of imported fuels and increases in the cost of natural gas have underscored the need to consider other sources of energy for electric production in the United States. Our most abundant fuel source is coal, however the use of coal brings with it a set of environmental problems. This dissertation presents an investigation into the use of micronized coal reburning. This technology may provide a cost-effective solution to the requirements to reduce NOx emissions from pulverized coal-fired electric generating stations. This research effort evaluated the use of micronized coal as a reburning fuel to lower nitrogen oxide emissions from coal-fired boilers. The research effort included: (1) an investigation of all available literature on the subject, (2) planning and supervision of a number of baseline and parametric tests on a full-scale coal fired utility boiler. The testing was carried out on the former NYSEG generating unit, Milliken 1. Milliken Unit 1 is a 150 MW coal-fired electric utility boiler located in Lansing, NY on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, (3) development of a model to predict NOx emissions from a coal-fired boiler, and (4) completion of a conceptual design for a micronized coal reburning system. The original plan of the research effort was to include a full-scale micronized coal reburn installation and subsequent modeling and testing. However, in 1998 the deregulation of the electric utility industry in New York caused the focus of the dissertation to be narrowed. The test site, Milliken Station was sold to another entity, and the installation of the micronized coal reburn system was cancelled. The following conclusions were drawn from the research: (1) Testing showed that nitrogen oxide production was significantly influenced by changes in controllable boiler operating parameters. (2) The predictive model for baseline nitrogen oxide production was fairly accurate in estimating NOx emissions. The model had an average error of 10.14%, with about half of the 27 model runs being within 10% accuracy, and only two runs having greater than a 20% error. (3) The conceptual design shows that in most cases, the physical characteristics of existing coal fired boilers, and existing operating methods will allow for installation of micronized coal reburn systems. (4) An estimate of micronized coal reburning performance was made. It is estimated from a review of existing bench and pilot scale tests, modeling, and natural gas reburn projects that nitrogen oxide emissions can be reduced by about 60%, to a level of approximately 0.128 pounds per mmbtu of heat input. (5) Given impending, more stringent NOx regulations, and the high cost of natural gas, which has been demonstrated as a successful reburn fuel, micronized coal reburning is a cost effective alternative to current methods of NO x control.

  14. Seikan tunnel electric train propulsion -- Regenerative energy management

    SciTech Connect

    Isshiki, Seita [Ashikaga Inst. of Tech., Tokyo (Japan); Wyczalek, F.A. [FW Lilly Inc., Bloomfield, Hills, MI (United States)

    1997-12-31

    The mission was to model the electric propulsion and regenerative energy requirements for the Kaikyo passenger train and the Kamotsusen freight train system currently operating between Tappikaitei and Yoshiokakaitei through the Seikan tunnel under the Pacific Ocean. The Seikan tunnel is over 54 km in length and connects Aomori on the main Japanese island of Honshu to the North island of Hokkaido. Further, over 24 km of the Seikan tunnel is 100 meters below the sea bed of the Tsugaru Strait which joins the Pacific with the Sea of Japan. While, the sea bed is 140 meters below the mean Pacific sea level, at the deepest point. Safety and energy conservation issues led to reliable regenerative energy recovery and braking systems.

  15. Development of battery management system for nickel-metal hydride batteries in electric vehicle applications

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    Jung, Do Yang; Lee, Baek Haeng; Kim, Sun Wook

    Electric vehicle (EV) performance is very dependent on traction batteries. For developing electric vehicles with high performance and good reliability, the traction batteries have to be managed to obtain maximum performance under various operating conditions. Enhancement of battery performance can be accomplished by implementing a battery management system (BMS) that plays an important role in optimizing the control mechanism of charge and discharge of the batteries as well as monitoring the battery status. In this study, a BMS has been developed for maximizing the use of Ni-MH batteries in electric vehicles. This system performs several tasks: the control of charging and discharging, overcharge and over-discharge protection, the calculation and display of state-of-charge (SOC), safety, and thermal management. The BMS is installed in and tested in a DEV5-5 electric vehicle developed by Daewoo Motor Co. and the Institute for Advanced Engineering in Korea. Eighteen modules of a Panasonic nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery, 12 V, 95 A h, are used in the DEV5-5. High accuracy within a range of 3% and good reliability are obtained. The BMS can also improve the performance and cycle-life of the Ni-MH battery peak, as well as the reliability and the safety of the electric vehicles.

  16. A Near-Term Mars Sample Return Spacecraft Design Utilizing Solar Electric Propulsion

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    George, J.; Hoffman, S.; Rachocki, K.; Edgett, L.; Dow, S.; Herman, A.

    2002-01-01

    In support of advanced planning activities for a potential Mars sample return (MSR) mission, a spacecraft design concept was developed and various mission implementation options were assessed. The baseline 760 kg wet solar electric propulsion (SEP) spacecraft was configured to transport a 20 kg sample canister from low Mars orbit (LMO) to low Earth orbit (LEO) in approximately 2 yr. A shuttle orbiter carrying a specially engineered containment vault would then be used to bring the sample and spacecraft to a safe and controlled Earth runway landing. The spacecraft architecture is largely dual-string with high projected reliability to address planetary protection concerns. Off-the-shelf or near-term system components and technologies were assumed. A nominal 10 kWe (at 1.0 AU) solar array powers two 30 cm or 40 cm xenon ion thrusters, providing efficient primary propulsion and modest propellant need. Two innovative features of the design include reaction control via xenon resistojets, allowing a single inert propellant to serve both primary and auxiliary propulsion, and use of the internal xenon tank as primary load-bearing structure. The above results in an efficient and low mass solution for return of Mars samples, as well as a compact spacecraft (1.2 m dia x 2.3 m stowed) capable of being returned to earth entirely contained within a shuttle- carried vault. Alternative mission architecture options were also explored. In Option 1, a heavy Delta II was used to inject a 1300 kg wet variant of the baseline to a slightly positive C3, allowing the spacecraft to be "self- delivered" to Mars in 2 yr. Option 2 emplaced a 1600 kg wet variant into LEO, allowing reduction in launch vehicle size to a smaller "Med-Lite" Delta II, at the expense of a now 3 yr outbound leg to Mars. Other options explored the ability of the SEP vehicle to ferry the 2900 kg Mars lander and ascent vehicle. It was found that SEP could enable an entire MSR mission to be injected on a single Delta IV class launch vehicle, though power, thruster, and propellant requirements were significantly higher than the original baseline system. This activity was supported by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was performed as an element of the Mars Program Systems Engineering Team (MPSET) in year 2001.

  17. State of health aware charge management in hybrid electrical energy storage systems

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    Qing Xie; Xue Lin; Yanzhi Wang; Massoud Pedram; Donghwa Shin; Naehyuck Chang

    2012-01-01

    This paper is the first to present an efficient charge management algorithm focusing on extending the cycle life of battery elements in hybrid electrical energy storage (HEES) systems while simultaneously improving the overall cycle efficiency. In particular, it proposes to apply a crossover filter to the power source and load profiles. The goal of this filtering technique is to allow

  18. Optimal management of battery charging of electric vehicles: A new microgrid feature

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    Ahmad Karnama; F. O. Resende; J. A. Pecas Lopes

    2011-01-01

    Large deployment of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) will put new challenges regarding the power systems operation. The MicroGrid (MG) concept can be exploited to support the progressive integration of PHEVs into the Low Voltage (LV) networks by developing smart charging strategies to manage the PHEVs batteries charging procedures in order to avoid reinforcements in the grid infrastructures. Assuming that

  19. Energy Management Fuzzy Logic Supervisory for Electric Vehicle Power Supplies System

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    AndrÉ Augusto Ferreira; JosÉ Antenor Pomilio; Giorgio Spiazzi; Leonardo de Araujo Silva

    2008-01-01

    This paper introduces an energy management strategy based on fuzzy logic supervisory for road electric vehicle, combining a fuel cell power source and two energy storage devices, i.e., batteries and ultracapacitors. The control strategy is designed to achieve the high-efficiency operation region of the individual power source and to regulate current and voltage at peak and average power demand, without

  20. A N-dimensional Stochastic Control Algorithm for Electricity Asset Management on PC cluster

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    Vialle, Stéphane

    A N-dimensional Stochastic Control Algorithm for Electricity Asset Management on PC cluster of stocks (N) and a big number of uncertainty factors. This paper introduces a distribution of a N-dimension stochastic dynamic programming application, on PC clusters and IBM Blue Gene/L super- computer. It has needed

  1. Climate Narratives: Combing multiple sources of information to develop risk management strategies for a municipal water utility

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    Yates, D. N.; Basdekas, L.; Rajagopalan, B.; Stewart, N.

    2013-12-01

    Municipal water utilities often develop Integrated Water Resource Plans (IWRP), with the goal of providing a reliable, sustainable water supply to customers in a cost-effective manner. Colorado Springs Utilities, a 5-service provider (potable and waste water, solid waste, natural gas and electricity) in Colorado USA, recently undertook an IWRP. where they incorporated water supply, water demand, water quality, infrastructure reliability, environmental protection, and other measures within the context of complex water rights, such as their critically important 'exchange potential'. The IWRP noted that an uncertain climate was one of the greatest sources of uncertainty to achieving a sustainable water supply to a growing community of users. We describe how historic drought, paleo-climate, and climate change projections were blended together into climate narratives that informed a suite of water resource systems models used by the utility to explore the vulnerabilities of their water systems.

  2. Electric utility value determination for wind energy. Volume I. A methodology. [WTP code; WEIBUL code; ROSEN code; ULMOD code; FINAM code

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    Percival, David; Harper, James

    1981-02-01

    This report describes a method electric utilities can use to determine the value of wind energy systems. It is performed by a package of computer models available from SERI that can be used with most utility planning models. The final output of these models gives a financial value ($/kW) of the wind energy system under consideration in the specific utility system. This report, first of two volumes, describes the value determination method and gives detailed discussion on each computer program available from SERI. The second volume is a user's guide for these computer programs.

  3. Electricity demand-side management for an energy efficient future in China : technology options and policy priorities

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    Cheng, Chia-Chin

    2005-01-01

    The main objective of this research is to identify robust technology and policy options which achieve substantial reductions in electricity demand in China's Shandong Province. This research utilizes a scenario-based ...

  4. Associations between primary care physician satisfaction and self-reported aspects of utilization management.

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    Kerr, E A; Mittman, B S; Hays, R D; Zemencuk, J K; Pitts, J; Brook, R H

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between physician-reported utilization management (UM) techniques in capitated physician groups and physician satisfaction with capitated care. STUDY SETTING: 1,138 primary care physicians from 89 California capitated physician groups in 1995. STUDY DESIGN: Eighty percent of physicians (N = 910) responded to a mail survey regarding the UM policies in their groups and their satisfaction with the care they deliver. Physician-reported UM strategies measured included group-mandated preauthorization (number of referrals requiring preauthorization, referral denial rate, and referral turnaround time), group-provided explicit practice guidelines, and group-delivered educational programs regarding capitated care. We also measured two key dimensions of satisfaction with capitated care (multi-item scales): (1) satisfaction with capitated care autonomy and quality, and (2) satisfaction with administrative burden for capitated patients. EXTRACTION METHODS: We constructed two multivariate linear regression models to examine associations between physician-reported UM strategies and physician satisfaction, controlling for demographic and practice characteristics and adjusting for clustering. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Physician-reported denial rate and turnaround time were significantly negatively associated with capitated care satisfaction. Physicians who reported that their groups provided more guidelines were more satisfied on both dimensions, while physicians who reported that their groups sponsored more educational programs were more satisfied with administrative burden. The number of clinical decisions requiring preauthorization was not significantly associated with either dimension of satisfaction. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians who reported that their groups used UM methods that directly affected their autonomy (high denial rates and long turnaround times) were less satisfied with care for capitated patients. However, a preauthorization policy for referrals or tests was not, in and of itself, associated with satisfaction. Indirect control mechanisms such as guidelines and education were positively associated with satisfaction. PMID:10778819

  5. Global climate change - the United Nations FCCC, {open_quotes}Berlin Mandate{close_quotes}, COP-2, and electric utilities

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    Mathai, C.V. [Arizona Public Service Co., Phoenix, AZ (United States)

    1997-12-31

    Over the past 100 years, there has been a steady increase in man-made emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs, such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and most halogenated substances) due to human activities including combustion of fossil fuels and deforestation. Scientific studies suggest that these emissions are contributing to increases in atmospheric concentrations of GHGs which in turn, cause an enhanced greenhouse effect by trapping more of the sun`s energy leading to global climate change. Recently, a consensus position has emerged among the scientific community that man-made GHG emissions appear to be contributing to global climate change. Based on that finding, United States representative, Under Secretary of State Tim Wirth stated at the July 1996 meeting of the {open_quotes}Conference of Parties{close_quotes} (COP) of the FCCC, that global voluntary efforts to meet the GHG emission reduction goal have failed He called for the COP to expedite ongoing international negotiations toward establishing (in 1997) medium-term, realistic, legally-binding GHG emission targets and implementation schedules for each country. Setting a legally binding GHG emission target would have significant impacts on the nation, and especially on the electric utility sector. This article provides a general overview of the United States and international efforts toward implementing the FCCC and their potential impacts on the utility industry. A future article is anticipated to address an update on the international negotiations and their potential impacts on other sectors of the U.S. economy, and the rapidly growing GHG emissions from developing countries such as China and India.

  6. ADVANCED FLUE GAS CONDITIONING AS A RETROFIT UPGRADE TO ENHANCE PM COLLECTION FROM COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

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    Kenneth E. Baldrey

    2002-07-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy and ADA Environmental Solutions are engaged in a project to develop commercial flue gas conditioning additives. The objective is to develop conditioning agents that can help improve particulate control performance of smaller or under-sized electrostatic precipitators on utility coal-fired boilers. The new chemicals will be used to control both the electrical resistivity and the adhesion or cohesivity of the fly ash. There is a need to provide cost-effective and safer alternatives to traditional flue gas conditioning with SO{sub 3} and ammonia. During this reporting quarter, performance testing of flue gas conditioning was completed at the PacifiCorp Jim Bridger Power Plant. The product tested, ADA-43, was a combination resistivity modifier with cohesivity polymers. The product was effective as a flue gas conditioner. However, ongoing problems with in-duct deposition resulting from the flue gas conditioning were not entirely resolved. Primarily these problems were the result of difficulties encountered with retrofit of an existing spray humidification system. Eventually it proved necessary to replace all of the original injection lances and to manually bypass the PLC-based air/liquid feed control. This yielded substantial improvement in spray atomization and system reliability. However, the plant opted not to install a permanent system. Also in this quarter, preparations continued for a test of the cohesivity additives at the American Electric Power Conesville Plant, Unit 3. This plant fires a bituminous coal and has opacity and particulate emissions performance issues related to fly ash re-entrainment. Ammonia conditioning is employed here on one unit, but there is interest in liquid cohesivity additives as a safer alternative.

  7. Monitoring the performance of solar heated and cooled buildings. Volume 1. Data acquisition equipment for the spectrum of electric utility projects. Final report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1979-01-01

    Electric utility projects to monitor the performance of solar heated or cooled buildings are reviewed. The range and nature of the systems monitored, the variables measured, and the monitoring equipment employed are discussed. The experiences and views of project personnel are also discussed. Based on this picture of performance monitoring activity, five classes of data acquisition are identified and described:

  8. A novel methodology for management decision in an electrical distribution utility

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Slavickas; M. EI-Kady

    2004-01-01

    Summary form only given. Logical proportion analysis (LPA) is a new powerful decision-making methodology, which, unlike traditional number-base techniques, is based on logical entity manipulations. Because LPA mimics the procedural manner with which a human brain perceives and reacts to real-life events, it can handle intangible entities such as \\

  9. A novel methodology for management decision in an electrical distribution utility

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. A. Slavickas; M. A. El-Kady

    2004-01-01

    Logical proportion analysis (LPA) is a new powerful decision-making methodology, which, unlike traditional number-base techniques, is based on logical entity manipulations. Because LPA mimics the procedural manner with which a human brain perceives and reacts to real-life events, it can handle intangible entities such as \\

  10. Factors Militating Against the Establishment, Management and Utilization of Instructional Television (ITV) in Higher Institutions in Nigeria

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    Olaniyi Alaba, Sofowora

    This study highlights the problems facing the establishment, management and utilization of Instructional Television (ITV) in higher institutions in Nigeria. The study also discusses chronicle of activities and achievement made at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in the effort at revamping the television system. Obafemi Awolowo University was used as a case study because it is presently the only institution apart from the Television College, Jos that has facilities and have consistently over the last decade been involved in training and teaching television production courses at the post-graduate and under-graduate level. In conclusion, for effective management and utilization of television, it was recommended that there should be statue and rationale, proper funding of education to meet the UNESCO minimum requirement of 26%. Schools broadcast and ITV services should be re-established in the country.

  11. An evaluation of the utilization of remote sensing in resource and environmental management of the Chesapeake Bay region

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    Fuller, D. B.; Harmon, D. M.; Fuller, K. B.

    1976-01-01

    A nine-month study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the NASA Wallops Chesapeake Bay Ecological Program in remote sensing. The study consisted of a follow-up investigation and information analysis of actual cases in which remote sensing was utilized by management and research personnel in the Chesapeake Bay region. The study concludes that the NASA Wallops Chesapeake Bay Ecological Program is effective, both in terms of costs and performance.

  12. ADVANCED FLUE GAS CONDITIONING AS A RETROFIT UPGRADE TO ENHANCE PM COLLECTION FROM COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

    SciTech Connect

    Kenneth E. Baldrey

    2002-01-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy and ADA Environmental Solutions are engaged in a project to develop commercial flue gas conditioning additives. The objective is to develop conditioning agents that can help improve particulate control performance of smaller or under-sized electrostatic precipitators on utility coal-fired boilers. The new chemicals will be used to control both the electrical resistivity and the adhesion or cohesivity of the fly ash. There is a need to provide cost-effective and safer alternatives to traditional flue gas conditioning with SO{sub 3} and ammonia. During this reporting quarter, installation of a flue gas conditioning system was completed at PacifiCorp Jim Bridger Power Plant. Performance testing was underway. Results will be detailed in the next quarterly and subsequent technical summary reports. Also in this quarter, discussions were initiated with a prospective long-term candidate plant. This plant fires a bituminous coal and has opacity performance issues related to fly ash re-entrainment. Ammonia conditioning has been proposed here, but there is interest in liquid additives as a safer alternative.

  13. ADVANCED FLUE GAS CONDITIONING AS A RETROFIT UPGRADE TO ENHANCE PM COLLECTION FROM COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY BOILERS

    SciTech Connect

    Kenneth E. Baldrey

    2002-05-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy and ADA Environmental Solutions are engaged in a project to develop commercial flue gas conditioning additives. The objective is to develop conditioning agents that can help improve particulate control performance of smaller or under-sized electrostatic precipitators on utility coal-fired boilers. The new chemicals will be used to control both the electrical resistivity and the adhesion or cohesivity of the fly ash. There is a need to provide cost-effective and safer alternatives to traditional flue gas conditioning with SO{sub 3} and ammonia. During this reporting quarter, performance testing of flue gas conditioning was underway at the PacifiCorp Jim Bridger Power Plant. The product tested, ADA-43, was a combination resistivity modifier with cohesivity polymers. This represents the first long-term full-scale testing of this class of products. Modifications to the flue gas conditioning system at Jim Bridger, including development of alternate injection lances, was also undertaken to improve chemical spray distribution and to avoid spray deposition to duct interior surfaces. Also in this quarter, a firm commitment was received for another long-term test of the cohesivity additives. This plant fires a bituminous coal and has opacity and particulate emissions performance issues related to fly ash re-entrainment. Ammonia conditioning is employed here on one unit, but there is interest in liquid cohesivity additives as a safer alternative.

  14. Effects of Diabetic Case Management on Knowledge, Self-Management Abilities, Health Behaviors, and Health Service Utilization for Diabetes in Korea

    PubMed Central

    Shin, Soon Ae; Lee, Kunsei; Lin, Vivian; Liu, George; Shin, Eunyoung

    2015-01-01

    Purpose This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a case management program for diabetics, using a pre-post comparison design. Materials and Methods The study population comprised 6007 diabetics who received case management intervention in 2006 and were sampled nationwide in Korea. Before and after the intervention, the study population answered questions regarding their knowledge of diabetes, self-management ability, and health behaviors. Body mass index (BMI) was also calculated. Healthcare service utilization for diabetes was extracted from health insurance claim data from 2005 to 2007. Results The case management program significantly improved the study population's knowledge of diabetes and ability to self-manage nutrition, blood glucose monitoring, foot and oral care, and medications. This program also significantly changed the study population's health behaviors regarding smoking, alcohol drinking, and exercise, and BMI was positively affected. In the over-serviced subgroup, there was a significant decrease in the number of consultations (mean=7.0; SD=19.5) after intervention. Conversely, in the under-serviced subgroup, there was a significant increase in the number of consultations (mean=3.2; SD=7.9) and the days of prescribed medication (mean=66.4; SD=120.3) after intervention. Conclusion This study showed that the case management program led the study population to improve their knowledge, self-management ability, health behaviors, and utilization of health care. It is necessary in future studies to evaluate the appropriateness of healthcare usage and clinical outcome by using a control group to determine the direct effectiveness of this case management program. PMID:25510771

  15. Implementing an effective utility testing process: a keystone for successful energy management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wayne L. Stebbins

    1991-01-01

    Ongoing testing of selected pieces of power house utility equipment is described. This utility testing process (UTP) is a combined plant, central engineering, and consultant effort to capitalize on energy reduction efforts already completed and to provide a basis for obtaining the best possible level of performance. UTP objectives, fundamentals of operation for compressed air, chiller, and boiler systems, and

  16. ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT AS APPLIED TO WATERSHEDS, UTILIZING REMOTE SENSING, DECISION SUPPORT AND VISUALIZATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    Environmental Systems Management as a conceptual framework and as a set of interdisciplinary analytical approaches will be described within the context of sustainable watershed management, within devergent complex ecosystems. A specific subset of integrated tools are deployed to...

  17. Innovative Utility Pricing for Industry

    E-print Network

    Ross, J. A.

    INNOVATIVE UTILITY PRICING FOR INDUSTRY James A. Ross Drazen-Brubaker &Associates, Inc. St. Louis, Missouri ABSTRACT The electric utility industry represents only one source of power available to industry. Al though the monopolistic... structure of the electric utility industry may convey a perception that an electric utility is unaffected by competition, this is an erroneous perception with regard to in dustry. Electric utilities face increased compe tition, both from other utilities...

  18. Human-factors review of electric-power-dispatch control centers. Volume 5. Information management and presentation summary. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Miller, R.J.; Najaf-Zadeh, K.; Darlington, H.T.; McNair, H.D.

    1983-03-01

    The application of human factors disciplines to electric utility control center operations can minimize human engineering deficiencies. After detailed examination of the information the operator requires, certain criteria emerge: more data must be converted into meaningful information, information must be easily comprehended by operators, and operating states or conditions and time domains should be considered. Previous study phases of RP1354 carefully analyzed the above. This phase, Phase III, now covers, in more detail, the operators' information needs and how information should be efficiently managed and effectively presented. Information management includes assembling the raw data, processing it, and presenting and/or storing it. In analyzing information management requirements, operators were examined as a system component. From a human factors perspective, perception, performance, and memory were evaluated. Techniques and methods applied to monitoring, such as combinatorial and alarm processing, and software assignment of console functions were examined. Information management objectives are directed at the reduction of operator information to clarify his options, yet providing for the extraction of supplemental information upon demand. Information presentation is examined considering human factors guidelines for CRT information presentation including information access, display parameters, display formatting, single-line displays, group displays, tabular displays, bar graph displays, trend displays, windowing, CRT image transformations and audible alarms. Presently available technology and hardware devices such as mapboards, CRT monitors, display generators, keyboards, cursor control devices, hardcopy printers, and telephone systems were analyzed to identify their benefits and restrictions. Desirable features for the design of a new or the modification of an existing control center are presented.

  19. An Experimental Test of Buffer Utility as a Technique for Managing Pool-Breeding Amphibians

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    Veysey Powell, Jessica S.; Babbitt, Kimberly J.

    2015-01-01

    Vegetated buffers are used extensively to manage wetland-dependent wildlife. Despite widespread application, buffer utility has not been experimentally validated for most species. To address this gap, we conducted a six-year, landscape-scale experiment, testing how buffers of different widths affect the demographic structure of two amphibian species at 11 ephemeral pools in a working forest of the northeastern U.S. We randomly assigned each pool to one of three treatments (i.e., reference, 100m buffer, 30m buffer) and clearcut to create buffers. We captured all spotted salamanders and wood frogs breeding in each pool and examined the impacts of treatment and hydroperiod on breeding-population abundance, sex ratio, and recapture rate. The negative effects of clearcutting tended to increase as forest-buffer width decreased and be strongest for salamanders and when other stressors were present (e.g., at short-hydroperiod pools). Recapture rates were reduced in the 30m, but not 100m, treatment. Throughout the experiment for frogs, and during the first year post-cut for salamanders, the predicted mean proportion of recaptured adults in the 30m treatment was only 62% and 40%, respectively, of that in the reference treatment. Frog sex ratio and abundance did not differ across treatments, but salamander sex ratios were increasingly male-biased in both cut treatments. By the final year, there were on average, only about 40% and 65% as many females predicted in the 100m and 30m treatments, respectively, compared to the first year. Breeding salamanders at short-hydroperiod pools were about 10% as abundant in the 100m versus reference treatment. Our study demonstrates that buffers partially mitigate the impacts of habitat disturbance on wetland-dependent amphibians, but buffer width and hydroperiod critically mediate that process. We provide the first experimental evidence showing that 30-m-wide buffers may be insufficient for maintaining resilient breeding populations of pool-dependent amphibians, at least during the first six years post-disturbance. PMID:26196129

  20. Utility of bispectral index in the management of multiple trauma patients

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    Mahmood, Saeed; Parchani, Ashok; El-Menyar, Ayman; Zarour, Ahmad; Al-Thani, Hassan; Latifi, Rifat

    2014-01-01

    Background: Bispectral index (BIS) monitoring in multiple trauma patients has become a common practice in monitoring the sedation levels. We aimed to assess the utility of BIS in the trauma intensive care unit (ICU). Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted in the trauma ICU at Hamad General Hospital in Qatar between 2011 and 2012. Patients were divided in two groups: Group I (without BIS monitoring) and Group II (with BIS monitoring). The depth of sedation was clinically evaluated with Ramsey Sedation Scale, changes in vital signs and Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) level. Use of sedatives, analgesics, and muscle relaxants were also recorded. Data were compared using Chi-square and Student t-tests. Results: A total of 110 mechanically ventilated trauma patients were enrolled with a mean age of 36 ± 14 years. The rate of head injury was greater in Group I when compared with Group II (94% vs. 81%, P = 0.04). In comparison to Group I, patients in Group II had lower GCS and higher mean Injury Severity Score (ISS) (6.3 ± 2.5 vs. 7.4 ± 2.7 and 25.5 ± 8.5 vs. 21.2 ± 4.7, respectively, P = 0.03). The used midazolam dose was less in Group II in comparison to Group I (5.2 ± 2.3 vs. 6.1 ± 2.1, P = 0.03). Also, fentanyl dose was less in Group II (152 ± 58 vs. 187 ± 59, P = 0.004). The rate of agitation, failure of extubation and tracheostomy in Group II were lower than those in Group I, P = 0.001. The length of stay for patients Group I was longer (14.6 ± 7.1 vs. 10.2 ± 5.9 days) in comparison to group II, P = 0.001. Conclusion: Management of multiple trauma patients in the trauma ICU with BIS monitoring was found to be associated with better outcomes. BIS monitoring is a guide for adjusting the dosage of sedative agents. It can also minimize agitation, failure of extubation, and length of stay in ICU. PMID:25317356