In order to be successful, power plants of all types must run as efficiently as possible to provide the maximum potential output at the lowest possible cost. The key to efficiency lies in the operations and maintenance practices of the power plant. Optimized power plants not only yield positive financial results, but also benefit the environment. Thus, optimizing power plant systems to make them as efficient as possible is of the utmost importance. Thermogen Power Services works to improve the optimization of power plants that specialize in fossil fuels, solar, and wind energy. The organization has fostered and witnessed firsthand the great impact power plant optimization can have in regard to efficiency. In the United States, the average thermal efficiency of a coal-fired power plant is only around 32%, at ISO conditions, but they believe that this can be improved.