From the Editor

2011 – Attend a user-group meeting this fall

September  11 -15 ,   CTOTF—Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum, Fall Turbine Forum & Trade Show, Scottsdale, Ariz, Doubletree Paradise Valley. Users and vendors can register, and make hotel reservations, at For more information, contact Wickey Elmo, group and conference coordinator, See ads, pp 31 and 61.The large majority of equipment in gas-turbine-based plants is found in many generating facilities; only a small portion is specific to a particular engine model. CTOTF focuses its content on common equipment factors, particularly the common characteristics of gas turbines. In addition, roundtables are conducted on generators, high-voltage electrical equipment, steam systems, regulatory compliance, O&M practices, etc.

September 19-20 (optional plant visit the following day), ACC Users Group’s third annual meeting, San Francisco, Calif, PG&E Conference Center. Details as they become available at For more information, contact Dr Andrew Howell, chairman, at See ad, p 10.

Highlights: Formal presentations and discussion on steam-cycle chemistry and corrosion, as well as maintenance, design, and operation of air-cooled condensers. Global technical content. Site visit is of the ACC-equipped Gateway Generating Station.

October 2-5, EUCG Future Energy Information Workshop fall meeting, Indianapolis, Ind, Marriott Downtown. Details as they become available at For more information, contact Barry Drost, Salt River Project, at

EUCG Inc, formerly known as the Electric Utility Cost Group, promises a strong agenda for gas turbine owner/operators on all three days. Subjects include benchmarking methods and practices, rotor disassembly, HRSG outage plans, steam-turbine spare-parts strategy, SCR survey results.

October 31-November 2, Combined Cycle Users Group 2011 meeting, San Antonio, Tex, El Tropicano Hotel. Details as they become available at For more information, write See ad, p 47.

The decade-old CCUG recently re-launched as an independent, userdirector organization to better serve the industry. Content highlights include cycle improvements and their effects on reducing costs and emissions, staffing challenges, high-temperature/pressure piping considerations, water treatment, heat rejection and cooling systems, and open-discussion forums on any issue but with a focus on BOP systems and equipment.

November 1-3, 7EA Users Group’s 20th anniversary meeting, San Antonio, Tex, El Tropicano Hotel. Details as they become available at For more information, contact Pat Myers, AEP, at See ad, p 110.

December 13-14, Australasian HRSG Users Group’s (AHUG) third annual conference, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia. Email for details, and to register. See ad, p 105.