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

Dawson Creek RCMP respond to 495 complaints over last two weeks

first_imgOfficers with the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment were kept busy from May 3-May 17 as they received 495 complaints according to a report from Sergeant Ed Reinink. Among the calls were 46 driving complaints, 12 impaired driving investigations, five assaults, 12 break and enters, and a home invasion.On April 30 a residence was broken into in Rolla and a number of guns were stolen. Another home was broken into on May 5, this time in Dawson Creek and again firearms were taken. The following day a residence was broken into on the 700 block of 105 Avenue. The perpetrators pointed guns at two residents and stole prescription medication. A subsequent break in occurred on May 7 in Rolla once again as additional guns were taken.On May 7 officers pulled over a vehicle of an individual known to police. Officers stopped the vehicle as the 26 year old male driver was behind the wheel without a valid license. During the stop the officers on scene observed a hand gun in the glove box of the car, and both occupants were arrested.- Advertisement -Further investigation resulted in a search warrant being obtained for an apartment in the 600 block of 100 Avenue in Dawson Creek. The search turned up stolen firearms from break and enters going back to April 30. Further information indicated the arrested individuals may have been involved in the home invasion on May 6, and beyond that one of the individuals was a suspect in a sexual assault case also on May 6.The 26 year old male in the case was remanded in custody on firearms charges and will appear in court on June 2. Police are anticipating additional charges against this person, and others involved in the investigations.last_img read more