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

Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 18

first_imgWe often hear about a “woman’s intuition.” What if prodigies and women share one thing in common, the ability to communicate with a higher power? This is knowing without knowing how or why. Men have had a thousand years to solve humanity’s problems; they have failed miserably. The only way we are going to be able to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, disease, war and climate change is if women, relying on their intuition, collectively and individually solve them.If a woman is picked to run on the Democratic ticket, I will go on the record now of pledging $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee if a woman is picked to head the party.Americans will have a real choice in 2020; they can rely on women and their intuition or Donald Trump whose only source of knowledge is Fox News, who relies only on his own “native” intelligent without any input from intuition. There can be no greater choice between Democrats and Republicans. Richard MoodyMiddleburgh Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMen in power have failed, let’s try women insteadcenter_img Leverage water in AmsterdamWith a green movement underway with new solar, and wind farms, we should also look into what made Amsterdam the manufacturing city it was, and that is water. Amsterdam was formed where the Chuctanunda Creek, and the Mohawk River meet which helped power many of the mills that put Amsterdam on the map. There are many old dams along the Chuctanunda in Amsterdam that were used before for power so why not make them useful again? Amsterdam, along with county, and state officials can look into repairing those dams to make hydroelectricity that can power either government buildings, homes, businesses, or directly into the grid. With the newly constructed Chuctanunda Creek Trail which goes past these dams, the trail can help people see the historic dams, but also see how they are shaping Amsterdam’s future. The former polluted creek can have the potential to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, and I hoped is looked into more by government officials. While Amsterdam isn’t the manufacturing city it once was, these dams can help the city be known for something else. Jacob ReedAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Celtic’s Christie handed two-match ban for grabbing Morelos testicles

first_img The Scotland international is recovering from groin surgery and was rated ‘touch and go’ by assistant manager John Kennedy for the trip to Maryhill. Celtic had vowed to defend their player ‘vigorously’ and stated they were “astonished” by the SFA charge when it was announced on December 31. Morelos could still be hit with retrospective action over the cut-throat gesture he made towards Celtic fans after he was sent off in the closing seconds of the game. Christie’s offence fell under fast-track procedures but gestures fall outside of those time limitations. read also:Celtic star  faces two-game ban for grabbing Morelos testicles Rangers later claimed Morelos had been subjected to racial abuse and claimed his gesture was “used commonly throughout South America to indicate quite simply that something – in this case, the match – is finished”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Christie escaped with only a free-kick against him after grabbing the Colombian in the groin area with his hand during Rangers’ 2-1 win at Celtic Park on December 29. But he was subsequently charged with violent conduct by the Scottish Football Association and a fast-track tribunal found him guilty. The 24-year-old had already been booked by referee Kevin Clancy for a foul on Morelos when he appeared to grab the striker after he had been nutmegged by the Colombian. Christie will miss Celtic’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Partick Thistle on January 18 along with their Ladbrokes Premiership encounter at Kilmarnock four days later. The ban triggers an extra one-match suspension because it is his second red-card offence of the season – he was sent off against Livingston – so he will also sit out the visit of Ross County on January 25.Advertisement Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has been slapped with a two-match ban after being found guilty of grabbing Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos by the genitals.center_img Loading…last_img read more


first_imgILOILO City –The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has dropped the plan to totally phaseout old public utility jeepneys (PUJ) by July 2020. Local transport groupswelcomed the move. But they have some reservations. He added: “Lain gid ya kon kami gapasad. Mabal-annamon ang ibutang nga mga materyales.”/PN Should theyfail to submit their petitions, their routes will be opened to applicationsfrom cooperatives that were able to modernize their units, the DOTr stressed. “We are happy,”according to Raymundo Parcon, president of the Iloilo City Loop Alliance This did notsit well with local transport groups. “Diin nga region may pinakanami mag obrasang jeep? Indi bala diri saIloilo? Kompara mo sa mga kompaniya sangmga salakyan nga haruson isa ka tuig nagakalkal na tungod nga mass producedila. Ti karun magkwa kami sang P2.4million nga salakyan, maglab-ot twoyears basi madagdag na kaha ya,” saidParcon. Passengers wait for their turn to board this jeepney in Barangay Buhang, Jaro, Iloilo City. The jeepney is the core of Philippine public transport. It started as remodeled army vehicles left behind by US forces after World War II. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Through Sen.Grace Poe who chairs the Senate public services committee, Parcon’s grouppressed for the following: However, hesaid, there are some points they want to raise to the national government. Jeepney driversare actually not against transport modernization, stressed Parcon, and they infact formed the Western Visayas Transport Cooperative (WVTC) to procure modernjeepneys as required by DOTr. * to considerPUJ rehabilitation instead of purchasing modern but cost-prohibitive PUJs “Imbes nga buligan kami sang gobyerno, daw gina-threaten pa kami,” said Parcon. “We are fortransport modernization. But we want to protect individual jeepney operators,too. The program should not lead to the displacement of individual operatorsdue to the consolidation of their units into transport cooperatives,” saidParcon. * to extend thetransition period of the modernization program for another three to five years.center_img DOTr is lettingold jeepneys remain on roads as long as they pass the motor vehicle inspectionsystem or roadworthiness test. Modern jeepneysare required to have, among others, Euro 4 engines that meet the European Unionemission standards on harmful chemicals (such as toxic sulfur, benzene andcarbon dioxide, etc.), Global Positioning System, automatic fare collectionsystem, dashboard camera, speed limiter, and closed-circuit television camera. He appealed tothe government to let individual jeepney operators buy their own Euro 4 enginesand built the body (kaha) of theirjeepneys instead of outright purchasing a modernized jeepney that costs P2.4million. But under thisrevised timetable, PUJ operators whose units have passed the road worthinesstest will be granted a provisional authority (PA) only that is valid for oneyear. After a year, their units will have to undergo the test again. To apply for aPA, the DOTr said operators must submit a petition for consolidation of unitsfor a transport cooperative in June 2020 as well as a petition stating theirintention to join the modernization program. “We will followthe DOTr criteria for modern jeepneys. We want to have compliant units, too,because we want to officer the public better service,” said Parcon. DOTr said theJune 2020 deadline was scrapped because very few jeepney operators across thecountry have modernized mainly due to financial constraints.  of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association. Their group isespousing that individual PUJ operators be allowed to modernize their ownunits. Despitedropping the plan to phase out old jeepneys by June 2020, DOTr will still pushthrough the modernization program. “Kon kami mabakal sang makina, kami mapasad sang kaha,malab-ot lang guro sa P1.5million,” said Parcon, stressing that Iloilo jeepney builders are known for thegood quality of their work. Thegovernment’s move to modernize jeepneys aims to improve public transport safetyand minimize air pollution.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw comparisons to Sandy Koufax growing more frequent, accurate

first_imgThe name of Sandy Koufax is not spoken at Dodger Stadium but whispered. It follows an appropriate pause, like the scene in “Blazing Saddles” when the choir sings and then says, “Randolph Scott.”But it is time to let the heresy begin.Twenty-two is the new 32. Clayton Kershaw has been so good, is so good and will be so good Koufax no longer is incomparable.That is not to say Kershaw will duplicate Koufax’s ruthless six-year run from 1961 through 1966. Koufax was 129-47 in those years. In 1965-66 he had 54 complete games in 84 starts. He led the National League in ERA in his last five seasons and led in WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) four times.He did it furiously, a pitcher with the force of a slugger. Fans were lured by the legitimate promise of a no-hitter every time he appeared.“The crowd was into the rhythm of the game,” said Wally Moon, who played outfield behind him. “They were chanting along with him, especially in the 18-strikeout game against San Francisco, which is still the best-pitched game I ever saw.”Moon won that one in the ninth, in 1959, with a 3-run homer. Shortstop Maury Wills puckishly takes credit for that “because I didn’t get a bunt down and put two guys in scoring position, so they let Sandy hit, and then he went out and kept striking people out.”And, of course, Koufax was pitching every fourth day, which allowed him to win 25 or more games three times. His strikeout rates were more impressive, too, because strikeouts were a hitter’s humiliation in the 60’s. In 1966, there were 14 National Leaguers who struck out 100 or more times. In 2013, there were 47. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img But Kershaw is riding shotgun to Koufax. He goes into the All-Star break with an 11-2 record in just 14 starts and a 1.78 ERA. He has been the NL’s ERA and WHIP leader each of the past three years. He has lost 35 decisions in this decade.And he only turned 26 in March. It took four seasons for Koufax to become a semi-regular starter. Kershaw started a playoff game in his second year and made an All-Star team in his third. His ERA since his rookie season is 2.40.On Thursday Kershaw took a 36-inning scoreless streak against San Diego, a matchup reminiscent of Muhammad Ali against Jean-Pierre Coopman. He pitched a complete-game 3-hitter and won, 2-1, but he did give up a sixth-inning home run to Chase Headley, stopping the streak at 41.Kershaw got a standing ovation when he left the mound that inning, which he later described as “pretty cool,” but he never looked up as he walked to the dugout. The homer was bothersome because it tied the game 1-1, and so were the questions afterward. Kershaw finally announced he would discuss the wayward slider no more.It was the same intolerance of imperfection that made Kershaw so unhappy when he struck out in the fifth. The goal is not to be the next Koufax but to be the first and final Kershaw. Even with his bountiful future, he’s acutely conscious of how numbered his days are.For that and more humble reasons, Kershaw always dismissed the Koufax comparisons. It is becoming tougher for everyone else to.“Sandy was in a class by himself,” Wills said. “I wouldn’t put that kind of pressure on Clayton. But I will say that Clayton is a better hitter and runner than Sandy was. I used to root for Sandy to strike out so he could get in the dugout where it was safe.“In fact, I remember that day in Milwaukee when he got caught too far off second base and had to dive back in. That’s where a lot of his arm trouble started. I do think Clayton has a chance to get to that level. He’s a hard-working young man and he’s extremely focused. Every time I’m around him, I look at him and it’s like he’s in the middle of a game.”Part of Koufax’s sanctity comes from the unfulfilled promise and his mysterious seclusion. He was 30 years old when he threw his final pitch. What unseen wonders were in store? What did we miss?Kershaw is not immune to the perils of the most destructive position in sports. But he has not missed a start with an elbow and shoulder problem, and he knows how to minimize risk.“What the outsider might not see is how much he works on the days in between,” Dodgers veteran Dan Haren said. “He’s the first guy on the field, working on flat-ground stuff. We all work hard but he takes it to another level to build that foundation. It embarrasses me a little bit, and I feel like I do a lot.”Catcher A.J. Ellis remembers Kershaw scurrying to a road park after the team plane lands, just to preserve the routine. But Kershaw also works smart. He is big but not bulky, and everything is geared to making all the physical levers run smoothly.“He repeats his delivery on every pitch,” said Skip Johnson, the University of Texas pitching coach with whom Kershaw has worked since his high school days in Dallas. “Some guys start trying too much and start using muscles they haven’t used, and they start hearing those muscles barking.”After Kershaw won his second Cy Young Award last year, he went to Austin and worked with Johnson.“The goal was to see if he could get on top of his slider more,” Johnson said. Because Kershaw did, he has improved his strikeout rate to 11.1 per nine innings, up from 8.8 in 2013.Mechanically, Kershaw pitches with a “flat back,” according to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. That means Kershaw is extending his follow-through to the point so completely his back is parallel to the ground at the end.“That means the decelerators in his delivery are extending through his hamstrings and his whole body,” Honeycutt said. “It’s like if you’re casting a line in fishing, and it’s a nice, smooth cast instead of being herky-jerky. You saw that type of delivery a lot with older pitchers, but not so much now. The younger guys are so strong that they can throw hard with bad mechanics.“But over time, that way of decelerating can catch up with you.”Now even the questions are decelerating as Kershaw’s games become more self-explanatory. Inevitably, with no contemporaries in the way, it all leads to Koufax.last_img read more