Natural Gas is clean energy and being able to generate your own electricity is not a bad thing.... the problem is that EVERYTHING requires maintenance. No maintenance.... things break.
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The S&WB power plant produces an uncommon frequency of electricity known as 25-Hertz, also called 25-cycle, that drives the motors that run about half the city's drinking water system, namely giant pumps that suck raw water from the Mississippi River and smaller pumps that send purified water into the underground pipe network. The water purification plant, meanwhile, runs on power purchased from Entergy New Orleans.
The power plant generates electricity by running tap water through enormous boilers, which create steam to run four turbines that produce 25-cycle power. Natural gas purchased from Entergy is used to start boilers and turbines, which run singly or in tandem depending on how much power the system needs.
Once the equipment is up and running, it relies on self-generated steam and a series of natural gas feeds to stay online.
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Water pressure dropped when turbine failed at S&WB power plant
Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 12:51 AM
By Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune