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first_imgFirstEnergy Falters in Ohio Campaign for Bailout of Its Failing Power Plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cleveland Plain Dealer:Neither the Trump administration nor Gov. John Kasich is inclined to give FirstEnergy’s struggling power plant company a free pass around competition, even as the number of competitors is increasing and the subsidiary faces bankruptcy.FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated power plant subsidiary that does business in wholesale and retail markets, is negotiating with its creditor. Standard & Poor’s has further reduced the bond credit rating of the subsidiary, reasoning that a bankruptcy filing is inevitable because the old plants cannot compete against new gas turbines. The first of 10 large gas-turbine power plants already approved by the state officially opened this week, generating nearly 900 megawatts of power — about the same as FirstEnergy’s nearby Davis-Besse nuclear plant. The Oregon Clean Energy Center in suburban Toledo is selling that power directly into the regional high-voltage grid’s competitive market, where Davis-Besse must compete as well.Similar-sized gas turbine plants are under construction in Lordstown, in Carroll County and in Butler County. The plants are said to be twice as efficient as Davis-Bess and are cheaper to run, at least for now.The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved another plant in Columbiana County and a fifth one in Monroe County. Applications are pending for three more plants and another is in a “pre-application” phase.Against this backdrop, Kasich this week said flatly he does not support FirstEnergy’s proposal before Ohio lawmakers to create “zero emission credits,” or ZECs, for its two nuclear power plants in recognition that the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants do not produce carbon dioxide. The proposal, labeled a “bailout” by opponents, is stuck in legislative committees.The ZECs would run for about 17 years, subject to periodic state review, initially raising total customer bills by about $300 million a year. Average consumer bills would increase by $5 a month, says the company. The company has been clear that even if the ZECs are enacted, it hopes to sell Perry and Davis-Besse, and all of its power plants, if it has to sell power in competitive markets.Kasich’s pro-market position appears to mirror the newly emerging position of the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House which, according to wire reports, have refused to declare a federal emergency to “save” old coal-fired plants and therefore save coal mining jobs as the president promised during his election campaign.FirstEnergy Solutions owns two of FirstEnergy’s big coal-fired plants, the W.H. Sammis plant in Straton, Ohio, on the Ohio River, and the Bruce Mansfield plant in Shippingport, Pa.FirstEnergy’s other large coal plants are owned either by subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply, which is not known to be contemplating bankruptcy, or to MonPower, a regulated West Virginia utility. More: FirstEnergy power plant bailouts rebuffed by state and federal leaderslast_img read more

first_imgIn planning for last year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a good friend of mine was very excited after we confirmed Hiss Golden Messenger, the critically acclaimed project helmed by North Carolina songwriter MC Taylor.As luck would have it, the guitar player (and North Carolina native) for Hiss Golden Messenger – Ryan Gustafson – was a pretty danged good singer/songwriter in his own right and my buddy Rob was insistent that we reach out and book a solo set for Ryan under his own project, The Dead Tongues.Rob was spot on with this booking. Ryan – with just his guitar – held an early Friday afternoon crowd spellbound with his songcraft. I caught a bit of the set at Cumberland Park, stretched out on the grass, and it was a moment of peaceful repose before I began an incredibly hectic festival weekend.Unsung Passage, the brand new record from The Dead Tongues, drops today. Joined by a score of collaborators, the collection of tunes has cello, banjo, and fiddle providing a delightful sonic backdrop to Gustafson’s stellar and soul plumbing songwriting.I recently caught up with Ryan to chat about the new record, hitchhiking, and some of his favorite songwriters.BRO – You have spent a lot of time backpacking and hitchhiking around the world. What is one thing you learned about yourself out there on your solo travels?RG – It helped me realize that I need people in ways I hadn’t realized. Some of those early moments in deep solitude and aloneness, or in times of vulnerability, taught me to open up to people more than I had previously and that really went on to deepen my relationships with those close to me and in the brief interactions I had with total strangers.BRO – How has playing and working with MC Taylor helped you as a songwriter?BRO – It can be inspiring to get into the other’s creative processes, particularly someone I respect, and I certainly found that to be the case with MC. One thing I took away from the time I spent with Hiss Golden Messenger, and MC in particular, is that you can’t put a timeline on any of this thing, not your career or your songwriting. Sometimes it’s going to take 25 years of touring to start making a living at it, whereas on the other end it might take a month to write an entire album. It’s not about the end of the line. It’s about the journey there. I can’t speak for MC and say that he agrees with that statement, but given the way he’s gone about his life, I bet he would, and that’s a concept he helped illuminate a bit more to me.BRO – Last great book you read?RG – The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson.BRO – We are featuring “Won’t Be Long” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?RG – I think of it as a song about how we can lose ourselves in life sometimes. We can get lost in the fight, whatever that may be, and disconnect in ways. Also, it’s about the journey we’re all on, in some capacity, of not only trying to survive but figuring out what do with this life we have.BRO – IF you were to invite three other songwriters over for a pickin’ party, who would you invite?RG – That’s tough. Andrew Marlin, because he knows so many old-time tunes. Chance McCoy, because he’s such a vibey fiddler. And Julie Byrne, because her album Not Even Happiness gives me chills and takes me to a very deep, watery place.Friends and fans of Ryan Gustafson can catch him tomorrow evening at Pisgah Brewing in Asheville, as he celebrates the release of Unsung Passage. After that, Ryan is off to Europe, with a host of dates across the continent on tap.For more information on The Dead Tongues, some insight into the new record, or when Ryan and his band might end up on a stage near you, be sure to check out his website.Be sure to take a listen to “Won’t Be Long,” along with new tunes from Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Bishop Gunn, Keats, and The Promise Is Hope on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

first_imgCHENANGO BRIDGE (WBNG) — For the second year First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge is teaming up with Broome County to sponsor a Night to Shine. “It is truly the happiest prom in Broome County without a doubt, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “These proms were given in all fifty states as well as 29 countries now this year it’s going to be 720 host churches in 34 countries,” Clark said. It’s love that Garnar says is evident from the minute the guests arrive. The goal is to spread love to a community that organizers say deserve a special night. The event is part of a national celebration sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, one that is growing by the year. A Night to Shine offers a prom night experience for individuals with special needs and will take place this Friday, February 7 at Chenango Bridge High School. Organizers say it’s also a night to show appreciation for those who devote their lives to caring for individuals with special needs. If you’d like to donate to the event you can do so by sending a check to: “Some of these folks are in their forties, fifties, sixties and they never got to have a prom when they were in school,” said Pastor Robert Clark of First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge. “Now they get to have this prom” “They are given shoe shine, hair and makeup is done they also receive boutonnieres and corsages,” Clark said. First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge PO Box 501 Chenango Bridge, NY 13745 “Their caregivers will be at the red carpet to see them then we put them in a special area so that they can just have a break for a few hours,” Clark said. A prom that organizers say will be a first for many in attendance. “They are coming in and they are getting loved on and they are getting a huge applause, the cheerleaders are there,” he said. That includes hair, makeup and dresses,all of which were donated to the event. “Everything is free of charge to them and it’s our opportunity to just feel the love on that community,” said Clark. last_img read more

first_imgCHENANGO (WBNG) — Free milk was up for grabs at Chenango Forks Elementary School Tuesday night.Over 8,000 half gallon jugs of milk all donated by the Dairy Farmers of America.As many as 300 cars came through.And those who came didn’t even need to live in the district to get the free milk.”People are actually making two trips, they’re giving out to their friends, their neighbors, their relatives, it’s awesome,” says Chenango Forks Central School Superintendent Lloyd Peck. “We’ve seen people come through the line 2 or 3 times and we just see them giving it out to people they know.”Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the Nourish New York initiative to buy food and other products from upstate farms and get it sent to food banks across the state. All this as farmers have had to dump their milk because of problems they face during the pandemic.last_img read more

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first_imgAuthorities in Miami have made an arrest in the death of a bicyclist who was shot and killed while riding on Rickenbacker Causeway.The incident occurred on Wednesday.According to the report, the victim, Alex Palencia was riding with a group of bicyclist when he got into an altercation with a suspect who was riding a motorcycle.Video of the incident shows the two arguing before the motorcycle hits the ground. There is some sort of scuffle and then shots are fired.Officials arrested Kadel Piedrahita Friday.An attorney for Piedrahita told reporters that his client acted in self defense.last_img read more