As U.S. Government Moves to Shore Up Coal, Market Trends Move the Other Way

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:The number of scheduled or completed coal capacity retirements is increasing through 2021 at the same time the U.S. Department of Energy is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adopt a new rule that would bolster coal generation.According to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence, about 49.5 GW of coal capacity is or was scheduled for retirement between 2013 and 2021, an increase from the 44.1 GW scheduled as of March 27 for that period. Forty-five coal units are slated to retire from 2017 to 2021 while 395 units have been retired since 2012, though certain planned retirements without firm dates are not reported in the data.Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. is in the process of replacing the capacity from its Bridgeport Harbor 3, Hudson 2 and Mercer plants with new natural gas-fired combined-cycle plants, due strictly to cheaper natural gas.A spokesman for Dynegy Inc., scheduled to retire 2,181 MW of capacity over the next five years, also blamed low-priced natural gas and high maintenance costs for the closing of the Brayton Point 1-3 plant.Tennessee Valley Authority is scheduled to retire 2,494 MW of coal capacity. The utility’s head of coal procurement said recently that Tennessee Valley Authority expects its annual coal burn will remain flat for a period before dropping by as much as a quarter in the coming years.JEA’s and Florida Power & Light Co.’s 1,276-MW St Johns River Power coal-fired facility could retire as early as Jan. 5, 2018. The utility filed a petition in May with the Florida Public Service Commission to close the coal-fired facility as a way to lower expenses for customers and prevent carbon dioxide emissions.More: ($) Coal retirement plans increasing despite federal focus on grid reliability As U.S. Government Moves to Shore Up Coal, Market Trends Move the Other Waylast_img read more

Zion Williamson injury update: Duke star out vs. Virginia Tech

first_imgAfter the injury, many suggested the forward should end his time in college and focus on his professional career. Krzyzewski, however, said the team has not considered shutting down Williamson.”We would never play a kid who’s not ready,” Krzyzewski said after the 75-65 victory over Syracuse (via ESPN). “We would never play a youngster who didn’t want to play. It’s not about that. He wants to play. He loves being at Duke.“He doesn’t like being injured. It’s an injury you can get over in a shorter period of time. There’s just a protocol that we have to go through to make sure he’s completely ready.”With Williamson sidelined, fellow freshman R.J. Barrett tallied 30 points on 14-of-20 shooting and chipped in seven assists to lead Duke to the win against Syracuse. Sophomore guard Alex O’Connell added a career-high 20 points and connected on five of his eight 3-point attempts in the Blue Devils’ victory. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski confirms Zion Williamson won’t play Tuesday night at No. 20 #Hokies.— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) February 25, 2019The freshman missed the Blue Devils’ win over Syracuse on Saturday after he suffered a Grade 1 right knee sprain less than 40 seconds into his team’s game against North Carolina last week. He is considered day to day and the program has not given a timetable for his return.Williamson has been one of the best players in college basketball this season and he is expected to be selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft. He’s averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 68.3 percent from the field. Related News The Blue Devils (24-3, 12-2 ACC) are in a three-way tie with North Carolina and Virginia for first place in the conference standings. Their next game after the Virginia Tech showdown is at home against Miami on Saturday. Zion Williamson is not ready to return to Duke’s lineup yet. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said on a media conference call Monday that his star freshman will not play Tuesday night against Virginia Tech.  Zion Williamson should sit out rest of season, Twitter poll sayslast_img read more