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

Colonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to Holocaust

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduColonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to HolocaustCol. Edward Westermann will present “A Perspective on the Holocaust: The Role of Ethics and Morality for the Military Professional” as part of the Bridge Builders Lecture Series organized by Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. The museum is co-sponsoring the program with the Boniuk Center and the Greater Houston ROTC.Westermann, former commander of the Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, will address how the U.S. Air Force Academy’s course on the genocide of European Jews during the National Socialist dictatorship prepares students to confront moral dilemmas that may arise when the execution of military orders directly affects the life and death of innocent civilians. He has been a professor of military strategic studies and an associate professor of comparative military history and theory at the academy.Westermann has a B.S. in military history from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.A. in European history from Florida State University, an M.A. in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a summer fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and, most recently, the recipient of a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Fellowship.The Bridge Builders Lectures Series highlights individuals who help strengthen the bridge of religious tolerance. For more info, visit boniukcenter.org.News media who want to attend the Westermann lecture should RSVP to balmond@rice.edu or 713-348-6770. AddThislast_img read more