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All news, projects, policy, legislation and reports concerning power and electricity generation and the energy sector at large in continental North America, with specific focus on North American utilities, the Department of Energy or DOE, executive orders from the Whitehouse and the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Key areas include Canada, California, Florida, Hawaii, Texas and the Carolinas.

Burns & McDonnell design Belize transmission lines

Burns & McDonnell Engineers-Architects-Consultants, based in Kansas City, Mo., USA, is designing 92 miles of electric transmission lines to connect a hydroelectric generating facility with population centers in Belize. This project is Burns & McDonnell`s first in the Central American country. The hydroelectric facility is being developed by Belize Electric Company Ltd. to provide the country with an economic source of energy. Energy is currently provided by diesel generators. The facility, locat

Pauwels buys Federal Pioneer from Schneider

Schneider Canada Inc. has agreed to sell its subsidiary, Federal Pioneer, to Pauwels International of Belgium. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but the sale is a result of Schneider Canada`s strategic decision to focus on the low- and medium-voltage sector of its business. Federal Pioneer is in the large power transformer business.

Kvaerner EnviroPower buys Outokumpu EcoEnergy

Kvaerner Inc. bought Outokumpu EcoEnergy Inc. from Outokumpu Engineering Enterprises Inc. and changed its name to Kvaerner EnviroPower Inc. The company, established in 1989 in Owings Mills, Md., USA, is now part of the Kvaerner EnviroPower AB group of companies. Kvaerner EnviroPower, headquartered in Gothenberg, Sweden, works in bubbling and circulating fluidized bed combustion and municipal solid waste. The firm is currently working on several bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) installations.

China has problems with western business practices

With China planning to almost double its capacity of electricity by the year 2010, the country is looking to overseas investors to not only construct power plants but also to help its power plant equipment manufactures increase capacity. Currently China has insufficient manufacturing capacity to meet the country`s need for new power plants.

Exergy analysis aids boiler performance appraisal

The progressive refinement of industrial energy balances has led to the practice of exergy accounting. The division of energy into exergy and anergy is an accounting tool that assigns a value of quality to an available quantity of energy. This method`s use is now widespread and various books have covered the topic in some detail.

Black & Veach, TNB sign technical alliance for Malaysia

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), which is wholly owned by the government of Malaysia, and Black & Veatch, based in Kansas City, Mo., USA, have signed an alliance to provide technical support and services and undertake joint projects. The alliance will focus on TNB projects along with public and private projects in Malaysia and other countries.

Peter Brotherhood receives steam turbine order in Macau

Peter Brotherhood Ltd., a UK-based power engineering company, has announced an order worth more than (US)$930,000 to supply a waste heat recovery steam turbine for a power station on the Chinese coast. It is to be installed in the Portuguese territory of Macau.

European Electric Utility Directory makes research easy

The 1994 European Electric Utility Directory is now available from PennWell Directories, with country-by-country listings of electric power generation and distribution facilities throughout Europe.

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