This paper will deal with projected increases in kilowatt-hours in the continental United States, analyzing where the largest power complexes are expected to be built as dictated by fuel and water availability, load centers, air quality criteria, thermal effects on receiving waters, aesthetics, and other siting considerations. The methods available for dissipation of waste heat will be discussed, including the role of cooling towers in power plant heat cycles. Other matters for consideration are the need for better information on writing specifications and the need for better information on operating problems, maintenance costs, and performance.

70-09: The Power Industry's Requirements for Cooling Towers

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  • Hugh C. Crutchfield, Utah Power and Light Company