Stoner, Raymond C. (1988, ASQC) Virginia Power, Glen Allen, VA
With the reduction in future construction of nuclear power plants due to economic and regulatory requirements, more and more attention is being focused on non-nuclear sources for power generation. The non-nuclear sources not only include those fired by conventional fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas or combination of these) but on those that use alternative sources of energy (wind, solar, hydro, photovoltaic). This paper will provide a brief overview of the quality systems as they are in effect today and will describe how they are being applied to non-nuclear applications. The paper will summarize the need for effective quality systems not only in construction but in operations considering such items as cost, environmental impact, and by-products such as fly ash and sulfur dioxide emissions (acid raid). The paper will take into consideration the relationship between quality systems and overall costs not only for construction but for operations, transmission, and distribution. There is growing consumer involvement in the rate making process and a reticence of regulatory bodies to approve rate increases and these areas will be explored as related to the basis for establishing quality systems. The demand for power has created new requirements for quality systems and reasons will be explored and discussed. Finally, the paper will explore the distribution phase of electrical power generation and supply. The paper will touch briefly on the effects of diversification by utility companies and the possible deregulation of the electric industry in the future and the important role that an effective quality system will play in the success of these ventures.
Throughout, the paper will outline the benefits of having an effective quality system in place. The overall point of the paper will be to show that there is indeed a growing future for quality systems in non-nuclear energy systems; that their application will enhance the systems during the next decade and beyond; and the challenge that new energy systems will present to the quality professional. A challenge to adapt quality systems to meet the demands of the consumer for reliable power at a reasonable cost.