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 www.ctotf.org. For more information, contact Wickey Elmo, group and conference coordinator, info@ctotf.com. 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  www.acc-usersgroup.org. For more information, contact Dr Andrew Howell, chairman, at  andy.howell@xcelenergy.com. 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 www.eucg.org/dnn5/. For more information, contact Barry Drost, Salt River Project, at barry.drost@srpnet.com.

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 http://ccug.users-groups.com. For more information, write  steeringcommittee@users-groups.com. 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 http://ge7ea.users-groups.com. For more information, contact Pat Myers, AEP, at pcmyers@aep.com. See ad, p 110.

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