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Book Review by Bill Cattey Why should you care about what's in the book? In Gladwell's own words: Look at the world around you.
Did you know that even a perpetual motion machine will eventually come to a stop due to uncontrollable factors? Well, uncontrollable factors are at play in power plants, too. If you recall from our last article, heat rate is industry jargon for gauging how efficiently a coal-fired power plant is operating. We learned that heat rate can be affected by things like missing thermal insulation on pipes and equipment. Missing insulation is, of course, a thing that is under human control and easily corrected, but there are some things that affect heat rate that we just can’t do anything about.