Editor's picks: September's Top Ten in Power

At the end of each month, PennEnergy’s editorial staff will present its top ten picks for the best news content in the power and petroleum sectors.

Below is a showcase of the most engaging content in the power industry published in September. Each selection features a short summary and a link to the original article. Enjoy!

1) Wind power turbine creates clean drinking water from humid air (Video)
French engineering firm Eole Water has developed a new wind power turbine technology designed to create clean drinking water from condensed air.

2) Gas-fired, 2,000 MW Pembroke Power Station officially opens
The £1 billion state-of-the-art station is one of Europe’s largest and most efficient combined cycle gas turbine plants. At 2000 MW, it will have an important role to play in the UK’s energy supply.

3) Japan backs down from nuclear power phase-out plan
The government of Japan has seemingly backpedaled from a recent proposal to abandon the use of nuclear power after intense pressure from industry and business groups.

4) House passes 'Stop the War on Coal' bill aimed at repealing EPA rules
Just before heading out for the pre-election recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new bill aimed at undoing some of the recent environmental regulations imposed upon coal-fired power plants.

5) Report: Data centers waste most energy consumed
A recent analysis of energy demand and consumption in the web industries found massive amounts of waste, resulting in substantial amounts of pollution.

6) Canada sets new emissions restrictions for coal-fired power plants
The Canadian government has announced a new array of carbon emissions rules for coal-fired generation. The regulations, set to take effect July 1, 2015, will limit coal-fired power plants to no more than 420 metric tons (mt) of carbon dioxide per gigawatt-hour.

7) JLM Energy unveils Zefr, the architecturally flexible arrayed wind turbine
The breakthrough development of Zefr was initiated when a multidisciplinary team of engineers and technicians were organized at JLM Energy Inc. The goal was to increase wind power adoption with smaller, arrayed wind turbines that are compatible with urban and suburban environments.

8) U.S. Ex-Im Bank approves $2B in financing for nuclear plant in U.A.E.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank has authorized a $2 billion direct loan to the Barakah One Company of the United Arab Emirates to underwrite the export of American equipment and service-expertise for the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

9) North Holland looks to ban new wind power
Wind power continues to emerge as a prominent source of renewable energy for many parts of the developed world, but the power source has encountered some opposition in the northern European nation of the Netherlands.

10) Natural gas demand at power plants up 24 percent summer 2012 
According to Bentek Energy, estimated daily natural gas use to produce electric power averaged 26.3 billion cubic feet per day so far in 2012 (Jan 1 - Aug 15), up 24% compared to the same period for 2011.

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