FMPA Weekly | July 26, 2010 | Member Edition


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July 26, 2010





FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference
The FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference was held last week at The Ritz Carlton in Naples. Nick Guarriello and Vince Ruano addressed conference attendees at the Board of Directors luncheon on Thursday, and a Register” rel=”nofollow”>>Register online by Sept. 10. Contact: Mike Siefert


Professional Development Hours for Engineers
FMPA is interested in partnering with the University of Florida’s Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations to host a training session on rules and laws for Florida engineers. The course would provide professional development hours for professional engineers. Members interested in attending should contact Mike Siefert.






KUA Board Elects Officers

Kissimmee Utility Authority’s Board of Directors elected officers for the coming year earlier this month. Kissimmee attoey Fred Cumbie was elected chairman of the five-member board, real estate broker Jim Kasper was elected vice chairman, information technology manager Reginald Hardee was elected secretary and Dr. George Gant was elected assistant secretary. Retired school psychologist Kathleen Thacker, who recently joined the board, will serve as director.


Carbon Capture Could Double Electricity Production Costs

Electricity from new power plants using carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) will cost roughly twice as much as electricity generated by existing plants, according to a new study commissioned by the United States Carbon Sequestration Council. The report estimates that the levelized cost of electricity from a combined-cycle natural gas plant with CCS would be $119/MWh, while a supercritical pulverized coal plant with CCS would be $130/MWh. Assuming constraints on carbon, no single technology has a clear cost advantage, but cost advantages may materialize if ongoing research and development is successful. Non-cost factors such as availability of certain technologies, practical limits on the rate of introduction of new generating technologies, or who bears the risk of cost uncertainty may also control future technology choices. The report estimates that market indicators will appear over the next two years to three years that will signal future costs of each new technology. Read the full study,