This fully illustrated reference provides detailed coverage of the full spectrum of equipment and processes used in the production of electricity, from the basics of energy conversion, to prime movers, generators, and boilers. The second edition expands coverage of gasification of coal, gas turbines and effective use of generation in place of efficiency measures. Readers will find information on the characteristics of fuels and proper methods for handling them and their residues. It also extensively covers internal combustion engines, steam turbines, and reciprocating steam engines. Feedwater treatment, ash removal reliability, operation, and maintenance considerations are all examined in detail.